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Hornets drop district opener to Nacogdoches

Jan. 12—HUNTSVILLE — With the non-district portion of the season gone, Huntsville basketball opened up the important part of the season against Nacogdoches.

As Huntsville started strong against the Dragons, the Hornets were overpowered in the second half as Nac opened the district with a 64-49 win over the Hornets.

The Hornets trailed by six at the half but the Dragon's 22-point second quarter was too much for Huntsville to handle.

"Their athleticism just wore us down in the second half," Huntsville head coach Jay Oliphant said. "The inability to score for another year is just hurting us. We have to put the ball in the hole."

During the non-district schedule, Huntsville struggled at times with turning the ball over and making the easy baskets. That prevailed again tonight.

In the first quarter, Huntsville had a handful of breakaways that ended up as turnovers and ultimately didn't end up for points.

Had those fallen, Huntsville could have stacked a few more points to change the game against Nac.

Huntsville was led by sophomore guard Chad Johnson with 17 points in the game. Junior guard Ayden Pierson added nine points.

"We have to get better with ball handling. The guys are working very hard," Oliphant said. "We have a tough time doing the simple things."

The Hornets will return to the court at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 16 against Dayton for another district matchup. The game will be broadcast on the 101.7 KSAM YouTube channel.