The Miller Grove Hornets and Lady Hornets traveled to Fannindel Tuesday, looking to each pick up a district win. Both the boys and girls teams have had excellent district seasons so far, going a 17-2 before Tuesday’s matchups.
The Lady Hornets went first and got off to a very close start. Despite only having five players, the Lady Hornets put up a strong fight, leading 9-7 at the end of the first quarter.
The second quarter is when Miller Grove was able to create some separation, putting up 11 points in the frame. The Lady Hornets defense only allowed six points in the quarter, pushing their lead to 21-13 at the end of the first half.
Both teams offense came to a halt to start the second half, with neither team able to find the same level of offense they did in the first half. The two teams combined for just nine points in the third quarter, but the Lady Hornets stayed on top, 26-17 going into the fourth quarter.
Both teams picked up their offense in the fourth, with each team posting their highest scoring frame of the night. Fannindel added 13 points to their total, but the Lady Hornets answered with a 15-point frame, winning the game by a final score of 41-30.
Anna Culbertson was the leading scorer for Miller Grove, posting a 14-point game. Lainy Burnett was just behind her with 12 points. The two were coming off a strong game against Savoy the night before, in which they combined for 25 points.
Jaci Roberson was next with seven points, three of which came from the free throw line. Ava Sotelo added five points while Paige Neidhart had three points.
The Hornets followed, looking to pick up their ninth consecutive victory. The last time the boys team went up against Fannindel they won by a commanding score of 71-48.
While Tuesday night’s match was a much lower scoring affair, Miller Grove was still able to end up on top. The Hornets had their lowest scoring game since starting their winning streak, but they did walk away with the 44-31 win.
Tanner Hensley and Landon Burnett had huge games, combining for 40 points and 14 rebounds. Hensley had a game-high 22 points, while also grabbing six boards. Burnett was right behind him with 18 points, while also finishing with game-high’s in rebounds (8) and blocks (3).
Lexton Sly was the only other Hornet to score, finishing with four points, three assists and three rebounds. Ryker Haivala had three assists and two rebounds, while Jacob George had two assists and two rebounds.
The win pushes the Hornets record to 23-9 on the year and makes them 11-1 in district play. They will be looking to extend their winning streak to 10 games Friday, when they travel to Campbell.
The last time Miller Grove went up against Campbell they won at home by a final score of 54-37. Coverage of Friday’s match will be provided on Front Porch News.