Nashville blasts Harrisburg in sectional

News-DemocratMarch 5, 2014 

Nashville pulled away in the second half Wednesday night and moved within one victory of another sectional championship.

The Hornets outscored Harrisburg 46-28 in the second half en route to a 71-49 victory in the semifinals of the Class 2A Du Quoin Sectional.

Keegan Anderson scored 18 points and Daniel Thorson and Clint Johannes had 15 points apiece as Nashville, which turned a 16-11 deficit after one quarter into a 25-21 lead at halftime, improved to 23-7.

The Hornets will meet Mount Carmel in the title game at 7 p.m. Friday. Nashville defeated the Aces in the sectional semifinals last season.

"They're very skilled," Nashville coach Brad Weathers said. "They can put a lot of points on the board very quickly. They're usually an extended 2-3 zone team, but they'll play some other stuff. They're skilled and got some size."

Nashville battled foul trouble against Harrisburg as Thorson and Royce Newman each picked up their second fouls in the second quarter, sending them to the bench.

"Kyle Jasper and Hunter Beetley came in and they played pretty well," Weathers said. "We survived that and got some good play from everyone else, then came out and had a strong third quarter. We scored inside and we caused a couple of turnovers defensively and converted on them.

"Our defense, I really felt good about. Our defense has done a great job, for the most part, all year long. And fortunately, as of late, our scoring has been very balanced."

Nashville also helped itself from the free-throw line, converting 27 of 33 attempts. Much of the damage came in the fourth quarter when the Hornets amassed 26 points.

"When we got up pretty good, they were pressing and fouling pretty much every trip," Weather said. "It seemed like it took that fourth quarter forever to get over with."

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