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Border Country Sports Blog-December 22nd

Updated: Dec 24, 2021

Good Morning! With the Border Country Sports Blog, I'm Keith Harrington.

Rathbun Sparks Granville Over Lake George

Nathan Rathbun doesn't get a ton of minutes off the bench for the Granville boys basketball team, but Tuesday night he made the most of his time. Rathbun hit a 3-pointer to give the Golden Horde the lead, and then drew a key charge call as Granville held on to edge Lake George 55-54 in Adirondack League play. It was the first league loss of the season for the Warriors.

"Nate Rathbun had the play of the game. Someone finally stepped up and drew a charge for me," Granville coach Justin Nassivera said. "Then he hit the big three. Nate doesn't get enought credit, but that kid works hie tail off. For him to go in there. Get the charge. Hit the shot. It couldn't happen to a better kid."

Granville had all of the momentum early, racing out to a 9-0 lead. Lake George settled down and chipped away, finally taking the lead at 20-19.

The Golden Horde led 17-14 after a quarter and 26-23 at the half. Lake George pullled even at 41-41 heading to the fourth.

Granville led 55-54 with 16 seconds to go. After a timeout Lake George's leading scorer Cameron Orr got open for a great look behind the arc, but it was off the mark. Julius Moffit's desparation shot glanced off the rim and the Golden Horde held on for the win.

"That was a battle.I told the guys if we make this game as ugly as possible It's going to end up in our favor," Nassivera added.

Caleb Nelson led Granville with 21 points. Alex Warrington had a double-double with 10 points and 10 rebounds..

Connor Farrell had 11 rebounds for the Golden Horde. Rathbun added five.

Orr had a strong game for Lake George with 34 points and six boards. Moffit added 10.

Daniel Barber had nine rebounds for the Warriors.

Granville is 3-1, 3-1. Lake George is 3-1, 4-2.


Tanagers Top Whitehall in Battle of Unbeatens

The Hartford and Whitehall girls basketball team both entered Tuesday evenings Adirondack League contest unbeaten. Something had to give. The Tanager's dynamic duo of Karlee Nims and Gabrielle McFarren were able to outlast the Railroader's trademark defense as they came away with a 55-46 win.

McFarren scored 19 points and Nims added 16 more to pace the Tanagers.

Hartford led 13-12 after a quarter. The Tanagers took control with a 19-8 second quarter to lead 32-20 at the break.

Whitehall applied some pressure to the Tanagers, using an 18-9 third quarter to pull within 41-38. Hartford closed the game on a 14-8 spurt to hold on for the victory.

Blake Bird had 11 points for Whitehall. Bri Eddy and Madison Gould added nine points each.

Hartford is 5-0, 7-0. Whitehall is 3-1, 4-1.


Fair Haven Uses Defense to Stifle Middlebury

The Fair Haven girls basketball team used a solid defense to stifle Middlebury, coming away with a 39-18 win on the road in SVL action.

The Slaters led by 21-16 at the halftime, but only gave up four points in the second half to pull away.

Lily Briggs led Fair Haven with14 points. Isabelle Cole chipped in11 points.

Fair Haven is now 3-1.


Horde Roll to Second Straight Win

The Granville girls basketball team won their second straight game, overcoming a slow start to defeat Lake George in an Adirondack League contest.

Granville led just 8-4 after a quarter but got the offense cranked up in the second, outscoring the Warriors 19-6 and never being challenged from there.

Melissa Beaver had a stellar game for the Golden Horde with 12 points and 13 steals. Lauren Bascom added 10 points.

Mikah Collier-Fisher led Lake George with nine points.

Granville is 2-1, 2-2. Lake George is 0-4, 0-5.


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With the Border Country Sports Blog, I'm Keith Harrington.

Photo Credit: Stacie Arnhold

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