The Nashville Hornets picked a great time to give Hall of Fame coach Brad Weathers his 500th victory as they knocked off Pinckneyville 48-40 on Friday to win the Class 2A Nashville Regional.
"I didn't even want to bring it up, I was just happy the kids won the regional," said Weathers, in his 28th year as a head coach that includes a 23-year run with Carlyle and the last five at Nashville.
It was the third time the Hornets (22-7) have beaten their River-to-River Conference rivals this season.
Nashville got 13 points from Daniel Thorson and nine points Dylan Mueller. Keegan Anderson, Hunter Beetley and Clint Johannes all had seven points for the Hornets.
Nolan Luke had 12 points for Pinckneyville.
It wasn't easy for Nashville as the Hornets fell behind 8-0 early and had to claw their way back.
"We were able to get some turnovers and get back in the game," Weathers said. "At the end of the game they hit several 3s on us and some of them were big-time shots. They drained them and cut it to two with about a minute to go and we made our free throws."
Nashville (22-7) advances to the Du Quoin Sectional and will face Harrisburg at 7 p.m. Wednesday.
Hardin Calhoun 52, Madison 42
Top-seeded Madison was upset in the finals of the Class 1A Bunker Hill Regional as the Trojans lost to Hardin Calhoun.
Calhoun led most of the way, although the Trojans managed to cut the Warriors' lead down to four several times
"They played a 1-2-2 zone that kind of got us a little flustered," Madison coach Jaime Cotto said. "It seemed like they got some easy buckets and layups and it just compounded on us. We got frustrated and then it snowballed from there."
Calhoun got 19 points from Mitchell Bick and 14 from Gus Baalman. Tyvon Powers led Madison with 15 points and Darrian Crawford added 11.
"To be honest with you, I didn't think any of our players really got into the flow tonight," said Cotto, whose team finished second in the state last season.