Good Morning! With the Border Country Sports Blog, I'm Keith Harrington.
Tanagers Rally Past Whitehall in ADK Semis
Gabby McFarren is not a very big girl, but last night her back became very wide. With her Hartford team struggling against Whitehall and facing a double figure halftime deficit, McFarren put the Tanagers on her back. McFarren led a third quarter rally and Hartford went on to edge Whitehall 54-48 in an Adirondack League girls basketball semifinal.
"We had a late start. We were down 27-16 at halftime, but we started kicking in in the third quarter, and we kicked into high gear in the fourth quarter to seal it."
Whitehall led 27-16 at the break, but McFarren scored 13 consecutive points during a 13-2 Tanager spurt that flipped the script of the game. The Railroaders still led 35-33 heading to the fourth, but a Hartford free throw from Ava Nadeau gave them a 43-42 lead, their first since 2-0. Hartford never gave the lead back. Nadeau had just been brought from the junior varsity squad, but her only point was an important one.
Whitehall led 18-10 after a quarter and led by as much in the second quarter. The Railroaders got easy transition buckets at the back end of Hartford's press and seemed to be wearing the Tanagers out. When Hartford abandoned the press in the second half the slower pace seemed to favor them as Whitehall went cold in their half court offense.
The loss ended an eight game winning streak for Whitehall.
"We just didn't execute down the stretch. We had some shots we didn't make, but that's the way the ball bounces," Whitehall coach Boyd Hunt stated. "They hit some big shots. It's about respect. I repect what they do."
Post player Karlee Nims was kept in check most of the night, but scored six in the final frame. Izzy French hit a clutch 3-pointer down the stretch.
McFarren led Hartforrd with 21 points. Nims added 12. French and Alawnah Dunda had eight points apiece.
Sam Howland had a strong overall game for Whitehall with 20 points. Blake Bird added eight.
Hartford is now 16-3 and earned a rematch with Corinth in Saturday's title game.
Whitehall is now 15-4.
Corinth Rools Over North Warren
Unbeaten Corinth rolled into the ADK title tilt with a dominating 63-19 win over North Warren in the other semifinal.
Corinth led 14-2 after the first quarter and the Cougars never challenged. Corinth led 26-5 at the half.
The Tomahawks put the game away with a 23-7 third quarter.
Emily Dingmon led Corinth with 22 points. Maddie DeLisle and Deandra Gill added 10 each.
Nicole Buckman had nine to pace North Warren.
Corinth is 19-0. North Warren is 10-9.
Lake George Advances to ADK Boys Final
Lake George was in control right from the opening tip as they defeated Warrensburg 58-43 in an ADK boys semifinal. Both teams came in hot, but it was the Warrior's night in this one as they advanced to face Argyle in Saturday's championship contest.
Lake George led 20-11 after a quarter and 35-17 at the break.
The Burghers outscored Lake George 26-13 in the second half, but couldn't reel the Warriors in.
Ryan Becker led Lake George with 16 points. Cameron Orr with 13, Issac Herrick with 11, Julius Mofffit with 10 added to the balanced attack.
Dan Cunniffe had 16 points for Warrensburg. Stevie Schloss added 11.
Lake George is 16-3. Warrensburg falls to 12-6.
Argyle Tops Cougars to Advance
Argyle defeated North Warren for the second time in recent days to punch their ticket to the ADK championship game against Lake George. The Scots raced out to an early lead and that's all they needed in a 64-43 victory.
Argyle led 16-4 after a quarter and increased the margin to 34-11 at the half.
The Cougars outscored Argyle 32-30 in the second half, but the damahe had already been inflicted by the Scots.
Derrick Liddle paced Argyle with 16 points. Hunter Ingram and Jared Montello added 11 points each. Brandon Saunders chipped in 10.
Montello had a double-double, pulling down 13 boards. Justin McWhorter contributed nine rebounds.
Sean Evans had 17 points for North Warren. Derrick Tyrell added 11.
Argyle is now 16-3. North Warren is 11-8.
With the Border Country Sports Blog, I'm Keith Harrington.