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Adirondack League Final Four Preview
I personally think that the adding of an Adirondack League Championship Tournament several years ago was an oustanding idea. It reminds me of the conference tournaments that college teams play in, although no automatic bid to post-season play is handed out. Still, getting the top four teams in the ADK to settle the title on the floor is always exciting. Usually the venues are packed with fans from the competing teams and people from every team in the league. It's a true celebration of Adirondack League basketball.
This years final four is made up of Corinth, Hartford, North Warren and Whitehall on the girls side, along with Lake George, Argyle, Warrensburg and North Warren on the boys side.
The most interesting matchup in the girls Final Four takes place in Hartford tonight at 7 p.m. as the Tanagers host Whitehall. The Railroaders knocked off the Tanagers recently at the Ella Colvin Gym in a 47-46 thriller. The teams split the season series.
Hartford is led by a pair of 1,000 point scorers in post player Karlee Nims and guard Gabby McFarren. Alawnah Dunda has been coming on strong late in the season. Izzy French is a veteran player who can score and defend. Youngsters Kenzie Johnson and Cailin Severance have contributed more and more as the season has gone on.
Whitehall relies on their solid man to man defense, but has also shown as of late they can score the ball. Samantha Howland and Madison Gould are the leading scorers for the Railroaders. Blake Bird and Ashlyn Groesbeck can also score when needed, and Amelia Lyng runs the point. Olivia Whiting has added 3-point shooting off the bench recently.
The other semifinal will feature unbeaten Corinth against North Warren. The Tomahawks won the regular season meeting 49-25.
Corinth is led by guard Maddie DeLisle. DeLisle is one of the top scorers in the area and is coming off 39 and 26 point games this week. Sophomore Emily Dingmon is also a solid scorer and an excellent rebounder. Deandra Gill, Alexis Crossman and Olivia Mann make up the remainder of the Corinth starting five.
Senior Nicole Buckman, a talented overall athlete leads the Cougars. Junior Kianna LaGuerre and senior Megan Bruno have also been key factors in North Warren claiming the Division III title.
North Warren will play at Corinth tonight at 6 p.m.
On the boys side Lake George seems to be the clear team to beat. The Warriors are 13-1 in the a one point loss to Granville their only blemish. The Warriors host 9-5 Warrensburg at 7 p.m. tonight.
Lake George is led by the 1-2 scoring punch of Cameron Orr and Julius Moffitt.
Warrensburg has been the hottest team in the league down the stretch. The Burghers are led by their lone senior Dan Cunniffe. Stevie Schloss has also had a strong season for the Burghers.
The other semifinal tonight will be Argyle hosting North Warren at 7 p.m. The Scots just cruised past the Cougars a few days ago in a regular season contest.
Argyle has a balanced attack with many players who contribute on a nightly basis. Justin McWhorter has been a double-double machine for the Scots. Derrick Liddle is a solid scorer along with Brandon Saunders who is a threat from behind the arc.
North Warren has one of the top scorers in the league in Sean Evans. Derrick Tyrell is a solid inside scorer and is a menace in the paint on defense. Zach Hopper is dangerous from 3-point range.
Tip off in Argyle tonight is 7 p.m.
The title games are schedule for Saturday at Hudson Falls High School. The girls game will begin at 5p.m. with the boys at 6:45 p.m.
For last night's scores go to the Border Country Sports Scorestream Scoreboard: https://www.bordercountrysports.com/scores
With the Border Country Sports Blog I'm Keith Harrington.