Fast start carries Hornets past Indians

Braeden Pursell had 8 points for DHS against Nashville. (David Hill photos)

By Doug Daniels
1351sports.com / duquoinsports.com

January 12, 2018

  (Du Quoin, Ill.) - The Indians fell behind by double digits before the end of the first quarter, fought all the way back to within four in the third and were down just five late in the fourth, but couldn't get past that two-possession hump as Nashville held on for a 51-41 victory at Anders Gymnasium on Thursday night in Du Quoin.
  The Hornets came out red hot, making their first five field goals and a pair of free throws to jump ahead 13-2 before Du Quoin finally broke the run with a bucket by Lamontay Daughtery with 1:20 to go in the opening quarter.
  The lead swelled to a dozen three minutes into the second quarter before the Indians started to chip away. Braeden Pursell stuck back a rebound and Hank Stewart scored twice to bring Du Quoin to within six at 23-17, then Nashville extended the lead back to nine before Will Woodisde beat the halftime buzzer with a three-pointer to take the game into the break with the Indians trailing 26-20.
  Two free throws and a basket by Nashville's Brady Bultman put the Hornets back up ten moments into the second half, and that's when Du Quoin started a string of six straight points to close the gap to four. Woodside hit two free throws, then Pursell made one of two at the line before completing a three-point play with 4:48 left in the third quarter to make it 30-26.

  But that's as close as the Indians could get. Every time DHS made a dent in the lead, the Hornets responded. After a three-point play by Nashville's Matt Anderson early in the fourth, Josh Heape, Purell and Daughtery scored in succession to bring Du Quoin to within two possessions again at 42-37 with 2:35 to play, but the Hornets made 5-of-6 free throws down the stretch to stay in front.
  Daughtery led the Indians with 13 points, Woodside had 9, Pursell 8, Heape 5, Stewart 4 and Ashton Smith 2. Bultman and Carson Parker each had 17 points for the Hornets, who improved to 13-5 overall and 4-1 in SIRR Mississippi Division play with the victory.
  Du Quoin (8-9, 2-3) will take part in the Okawville Mid-Winter Tournament next week. Their game at Trico scheduled for Saturday night has been postponed with a make-up date to be announced.

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