By T.J. Morgan
Freelance Sports Writer
The Hornets hosted in-district rival Monroe County (11-8) last Thursday night in front of a packed gymnasium. Falling to the Falcons earlier in the season at Monroe County by just six points, the Hornets were looking to even the score in the rematch for their first district win of the season.
The Falcons jumped out to an early lead and while they maintained it for over three quarters, the Hornets managed to keep it within striking distance. Down 10 with just over four minutes remaining in regulation, Kruz Tucker knocked down a big three to start a Hornet rally. Hudson Jessie scored the next eight for the late Hornet rally, forcing the game to overtime at the end of regulation, 53-53.
Hudson remained hot going into overtime, scoring the Hornets first seven, putting the Hornets up 60-55. Not ready to let the night end, the Falcons answered with a rally and late basket of their own to send the game into yet another overtime, 62-62.
With two clutch free throws, Cade Button would give the Hornets the final lead of the game, securing the district victory, 70-68.
Cade led the Hornets with 25 points and 8 rebounds, followed closely by the clutch performance of Hudson Jessie with 21 points and 8 rebounds of his own. Maddux Garrett also contributed 13 points for the Hornets, handling the ball with confidence and composure under pressure.
The Hornets have a busy schedule this week, traveling to Russell County (9-8) Tuesday, hosting Cumberland County (10-9) Friday night, and finishing the week in Campbellsville (6-12) Saturday.