Hornets open tourney with win

Chelsea's Ethan Brown runs down the court after a steal in the Hornets' 79-71 win over Holy Family Nov. 17. (Reporter photo/Mickel Ponthieux)

By MICKEL PONTHIEUX / Sports Reporter

CHELSEA – The Chelsea Hornets picked up their first win of the season with a 79-71 victory over Holy Family to open the North Shelby Tip Off Nov. 17.

Chelsea (1-1) took a 41-29 lead in at the half, but Holy Family cut into the advantage in the third quarter. Holy Family went on a 14-2 run in the third and trailed 56-52 headed into the fourth.

The Hornets scored four quick points to start the final period to extend their lead to eight, 60-52. After Holy Family cut the deficit down to four, 68-64, Chelsea went on a 7-0 run for a 75-64 score with two minutes remaining.

Holy Family outscored Chelsea 7-4 in the final two minutes, but it wasn’t enough to overcome the double-digit deficit as the Hornets claimed the 79-71 win.

Austin Washington led Chelsea with 18 points while David Simpson scored 17 points. Van Carlisle finished with 10 points.

The Hornets will take on Briarwood on Monday, Nov. 19 at Briarwood Christian at 6 p.m.