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Golden Horde Overcome Generals in Second Half
It wasn't pretty. Then again, it was a high school basketball game not the Miss USA Pageant. The Granville boys basketball team overcame a tough shooting night, using their patented pressure defense to pull away in the second half to defeat Salem 62-36 in Adirondack League action.
"Defensively we did exactly what we want, Granville coach Justin Nassivera said. "We just struggled to shoot the ball tonight. It was tought. It was a tough night.
Granville led 6-0 to being the game. Then Josh Harrington entered for Salem. The sophomore banged a 3-pointer and scored another basket to pull the Generals within 8-5. The Golden Horde led 10-5 after a quarter.
Granville put some distance between Salem and themselves in the second, but still struggled to score. Harrington attempted to keep the Generals within striking distance. At one point Salem had 13 points. Harrington had 11 and was the only Salem player that had scored from the field. The Golden Horde led 24-12 at the break.
In the third Granville's press began to pay dividends as they used Salem turnovers to create easy transiiton baskets. A 17-10 stanza made it 41-22 heading to te fourth.
"They hung their heads a little bit on offense, but in the second half they cranked up the defense and finally got some layups to fall," Nassivera said.
Granville put the game out of reach with a 21-14 fourth quarter.
Caleb Nelson led the Golden Horde with 20 points. Alex Warrington added 10.
Connor Farrell was strong on the boards with 12 rebounds.
Harrington paced Salem with 14. Connor Chilson and Altwan Webster chipped in 11 each.
Granville is 2-1, 2-1. Salem is 2-2, 4-4.
Youth Served in Fair Haven Win Over Otter Valley
Does any remember the song, The Future's So Bright I Have to Wear Shades?" Timbuk3 was the band. That hit could be the theme song for the Fair Haven girls basketball team this year. Timbuk3 was a one hit wonder, but the young Slaters are going to be around for a long time.
A pair of ninth graders combined for 36 points as Fair Haven pulled away to defeat Otter Valley 60-36 Thursday night in SVL play.
Isabelle Cole poured in 20 points and classmate Kate Hadwen added 16 more for the Slaters in the first round of the annual Canfield Classic.
The Otters hung close for a half. Fair Haven led just 9-8 after a quarter and 25-13 at the half.
In the third Fair Haven imposed their will on Otter Valley. The Slaters used their 3-point shooting and solid defense to pull away, opening up a 45-27 lead heading to the fourth.
A 15-5 advantage for the Slaters in the final frame finished off the Otters.
Junior point guard Brittany Love also had a stellar game for Fair Haven, scoring 12 points on four 3-pointers. Love also dished out eight assists.
Alice Keith led Otter Valley with 13 points.
Fair Haven is 2-0. Otter Valley is 0-2.
Whitehall Rolls Over Lake George
Whitehall kept their record perfect in the early part of the season as they rolled over Lake George 41-10 in Adirondack League girls basketball.
The Railroaders led 11-2 after the first and shutout the Warriors 9-0 in the second to lead 20-2 at halftime.
Whitehall outscored the Warriors 21-8 in the second half.
Ashlyn Groesbeck led the Railroaders with 15 points. Blake Bird added nine.
Madison Gould had rebounds and 3 assists for Whitehall.
Emily Guidetti had14 rebounds for the Warriors.
Whitehall is 3-0, 4-0. Lake George is 0-3, 0-4.
High School Wrestling
Hadley-Luzerne/Lake George 66 Schuylerville/Greenwich 6
High School Bowling
Fort Edward 4 Granville 0
Lake George 4 Whitehall 0
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With the Border Country Sports Blog, I'm Keith Harrington.
Photo Credit: Stacie Arnhold