Hornets let Cardinals fly away, downed by Norse

Mitchell Olson posts up on the block looking for a pass in the Hornet's 76-65 loss to Eleva-Strum Dec. 14. Olson led the team with six assists and four steals in the game.

The Hornets faced off against the Eleva-Strum Cardinals Dec. 14 at home, coming away with a 76-65 loss.

The Hornets held the game close throughout, going into halftime with a 33-27 deficit.

“We hung in until the final two minutes of the game before we had to start fouling and the point differential looks larger than the game was,” head coach Matt Dale said.

Ethan Breheim had a breakout game scoring 25 points on 11-of-16 shooting including going 82 percent from inside the 3-point line.

Justin Rowekamp had an equally impressive game scoring 17 points on 7-of-12 shooting.

Mitchell Olson chipped in six points, while the pair of Nathan Lucas and Ryan Parker added five points.

The Hornets had 25 rebounds led by Breheim with 10 and Olson with eight.

Olson also lead the team with six assists and four steals.

“The kids continue to work hard, but we have to find ways to get defensive stops instead of trading baskets with teams when it comes to crunch time,” Dale said. “Ethan and Justin played really well offensively and we had chances to tie or get the game back to one possession late, but just couldn’t make the big basket.”

The Hornets next faced off Dec. 19 against Whitehall, who is currently second in the Large Dairyland Conference, getting swatted down in an 84-48 loss.

The Norse tempered the attack of Breheim and Rowekamp, holding them to 13 and three points respectively. Breheim was held to 42 percent shooting, while Rowekamp was 1-of-4.

Lucas had an impressive night behind 13 points on 5-of-12 shooting.

“Nathan was able to get to the basket and finish early, but it was a struggle for us the rest of the night to generate any offense,” Dale said.

Austin Calkins chipped in seven points in the loss, while Olson had six points.

Breheim would lead rebounding with eight, while Olson added six.

“We really struggled with their size tonight and had a hard time finishing shots around the basket. Our ball movement wasn’t quite what it has been the last couple of games and they took us out of rhythm offensively,” Dale said. “Defensively we gave up too many second chance points after getting them to miss their initial shot and let them get to the lane too easily.”

The Hornets are now 1-6 overall and 0-5 in the Large Dairyland Conference.

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Jackson County Chronicle editor

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