NASHVILLE — Like a time bomb about to go off, the Nashville Hornettes finally exploded in the title game of the Nashville Girls Thanksgiving Tournament.
And it was seniors Hannah Yung and Shawn Rennegarbe who lit the fuse.
Rennegarbe scored eight of her 11 points to highlight a third-quarter scoring spree and Jung nailed a pair of huge 3-pointers as Nashville rallied for a 45-38 win over Massac County at Nashville's Assembly Hall.
The title is the fifth in the seven-year history of the event for the Hornetttes, who suffered through a miserable first half.
But in the end it was the experience of its three returning starters from the Class 2A state championship team of a year ago -- Jordi Harre, Rennegarbe and Yung --who made the difference.
"It's not like it was a year ago, when we would dominate against teams. With this group it's more like possession by possession. I think we're getting better at that. But we've stilll got some things to work on,'' Nashville coach Wayne Harre said. "Tonight, we had some kids come through and do some things thst often times go unoticed. We made the plays when we needed too.''
Harre led Nashville with 14 points while Rennegarbe and Yung added 11 apiece.
Yung scored all 11 of her points in the second half, while Rennegarbe tallied nine of her 11 points during the final two quarters.
Nashville, which trailed 12-10 at halftime, used a 10-0 lead early in the third quarter to take the lead.
Jung gave her team its first lead of the night at 19-16 with the first of two 3s and when Rennagarbe followed with seven straight points, Nashville led by 10.
Massac County (3-1) didn't quit. With Jessie Douglas and Natalie Bailey combining for 21 points in all, the Lady Patriots closed to within a point twice, but would never draw even again.
Nashville trailed 12-10 after a first half, which could only be called a nightmare on the offensive end of the floor.
The Hornettes committed 10 turnovers and didn't score a point until Harre hit two free throws with 5.7 seconds left in the opening quarter and didn't score their first basket until Rennegarbe scored on an offensive rebound with 5:43 left in the first half.
Mascoutah 46, Collinsville 39
Brittney Zipfel scored 13 points and senior guard Maddy Wetzler added 10 as the Indians edged the sluggish Kahoks for the third-place trophy.
Using its depth and strength inside, along with the scoring of Zipfel and Wetzler, Mascoutah (3-1) led by as many as 12 points late in the third quarter.
But Collinsville (2-2), coming off a tough loss to Nashville on Friday, rallied. A jumper by Gabby Morgam cut the Indians lead to 38-34 with under three minutes left.
But Zipfel nailed a 3 and made four free throws to clinch the win for Mascoutah.
"We've got good depth. We're playing eight-or-nine girls and with the foul trouble we were in during the second half, that depth really paid off,'' Indians coach Terry Moeller said. "To be able to come out of this tournament 3-1, I'm pleased.''
Mount Vernon 48, Triad 20
The Rams jumped out to a 12-point lead early in the second quarter and never looked back as they battered the Knights in the fifth-place game.
Senior guard Courtney Scarbough led Mount Vernon (2-2) with 16 points whle Hannah Owens added 12.
Junior forward Leanne Mathews paced Triad (2-5) with seven points.
Freeburg 38, Okawville 22
Abby Lealaimatafao scored 11 of her 18 points during the final two quarters to help rally the Midgets (1-3) past the cold-shooting Lady Rockets in the seventh-place game.
Okawville (1-5) led 16-15 at halftime, but managed just six second-half points against a swarming Freeburg defense which forced 13 second-half turnovers.
"Okawville played very well in the first half, but I thought we did a good job overall,'' Midgets coach Fred Blumberg said. "Sometimes wins can be elusive. It's good to get that first one.''
Senior guard Allison Koch led Okawville with 10 points.