CARLINVILLE — The two-hour trek north to Carlinville was well worth the drive for Nashville as the Hornets dominated Piasa-Southwestern 52-29 to win the Class 2A regional title Friday night.
The reward for Nashville is a spot in the sectional on its own court Tuesday night against a familiar foe – Pinckneyville - a 63-52 winner over Du Quoin in the Trico Regional.
The Hornets have lost to conference rival Pinckneyville twice this season, the last meeting was a 59-56 overtime thriller on February 11.
“They are awfully good, there is no question about it,” Nashville coach Brad Weathers said of the Panthers. “We had them on the ropes last time we played them and couldn’t get it done, so we are going to have to play extremely well.”
Ryan Brink led the Hornets with 17 points, going 4-7 from 3-point range. Brogan Kemp added 11 points, as Hayden Heggemeier ended with nine points and eight rebounds.
Nashville shot 54 percent from the field for the game, hitting 21-39 shots to improve to 19-12 for the season.
Collin Baumgartner led the Birds with 11 points as Piasa ends its season with a mark of 19-10.