Border Country Sports Blog-February 12th
Good Morning! With the Border Country Sports Blog, I'm Keith Harrington.
Adirondack League Championships Games Today
The Adirondack League boys and girls basketball championships will be decided today. Both title games will be played at Hudson Falls High School.
The girls game will tip off at 5 p.m. Unbeaten Corinth 17-0 will battle Hartford who is 16-3. Corinth won the regular season game at Hartford, using a 20-2 run to overcome a Tanagers lead.
The boys title game will feature 16-3 Lake George against 16-3 Argyle. The Warriors won the regular season meeting. That game is scheduled for 6:45 p.m.
The games are open to the public, but masks will be required. Donations for local charities will be collected at the door instead of charging an admission fee.
Blue Devils Rally Past Arlington
Things didn't get off to a very good start, but when the dust settled, the Poultney girls basketball team had rallied to a 35-25 SVL win on the road over Arlington. It was the third win in a row for the surging Blue Devils.
Arlington appeared as if they may cruise to an easy win early on as they opened up a 17-7 lead at the half.
In the second half the Blue Devils settled down and got things rolling as they outscored the Eagles 28-8 over the final 16 minutes.
Hannah Welch led Poultney with 11 points in the contest. Molly Hier added eight.
Taylor Wilkins led Arlington with eight points.
Poultney is now 7-9 and will try to pull within a game of .500 Tuesday night at Long Trail.
Windsor Edges Slaters in Thriller
Windsor came to Fair Haven Friday night owners of a 14-2 record and with a dominating 62-37 win on their home court over the Slaters earler in the season in their back pocket. That game had absolutley no resemblance to this rematch at all.
Fair Haven battled the Yellowjackets right to the final buzzer before Windsor snuck away with a 53-48 win in SVL girls basketball.
Windsor led 13-10 at the end of a quarter and 25-21 at the break.
Everytime the Yellow jackets looked like they might pull away Fair Haven mustered up an answer.
Windsor opened a 29-21 lead with four quick points to begin the third, but Fair Haven responded with an 8-2 spurt to make it 31-29. The Yellowjackets led 45-40 after three.
A 3-pointer by Lily Briggs pulled Fair Haven within 41-40, and Fair Haven grabbed a 44-43 lead with a foul shot from Alana Williams. Williams was 6 for 7 from the line in the game.
Karen Kapuscinki gave Windsor the lead back with a pair of foul shots and the Yellowjackets never trailed again.
Reese Perry led the Yellow Jackets with 22 points. Perry hauled down 17 rebounds to complete her double-double. She also had five blocks.
Elliot Rupp chipped in 11 for the Yellowjackets.
Isabelle Cole led the Slaters with 14 points. Briggs added 11 and Williams eight.
Williams also collected 10 boards. Brittney Love handed out six assists.
Windsor improved to 15-2. Fair Haven is 13-5.
Golden Horde Get Back on Track With Crossover Win
Granville had easily handled Hartford just a couple of weeks ago, but both teams seasons had gone in opposite directions since. Hartford came into Friday night's ADK crossover game winners of three in a row, including impressive victories over Division II champion Warrensburg and Whitehall. Granville had lost four out of their last five.
The Golden Horde didn't waste any time imposing their will in this one. Granville used their press and transition game to race out to a comfortable first half lead and cruised to a 70-46 win over the Tanagers.
"I told the boys, go out and make a statement early on. We're not here to mess around. Let's just go play," Granville coach Justin Nassivera said. "And we did. We got some turnovers and easy buckets early. The first half is what carried us."
Granville led 19-6 after a quarter and 40-16 at halftime.
The Tanagers played a much better final 16 minutes, matching the Golden Horde 30-30, but not overcome the slow start.
Caleb Nelson led Granville with 27 points, scoring in about every way imaginable. Cody Nelson added 12 and Alex Warrington 11.
Connor Farrell pulled down 14 boards. Alex Torres added seven and Caleb Nelson six.
Ray Harrington had 16 points for Hartford.
Granville is 11-7. Hartford is 9-10.
Burghers Hold Off Determined Golden Horde
The Granville girls basketball team has shown steady improvement since Ben Hover took over the helm, and Friday night made a solid run at one of the league's top programs. The Golden Horde were close at the half, but Warrensburg pulled away over the final two quarters to nab a 45-33 win in an ADK crossover game.
"I feel we played well tonight. It was a one point game at halftime, and the girls are playing great defense," Hover said.
Granville led 13-12 after the first quarter and had the upset brewing. The Burghers used a 6-4 second quarter to lead 18-17 at the half.
Warrensburg stepped up the defensive pressure in the third quarterand used a 14-8 advantage to take control. The Burghers finished off the Golden Horde with a 13-8 fourth quarter.
Olivia Frasier poured in 18 points for Warrensburg. Kailey Bacon added seven and Hope Sherman six.
Aspen Williams paced Granville with 10 points. Jordan Chadwick netted eight points for the Golden Horde.
Warrensburg is now 14-6. Granville is 5-14.
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With the Border Country Sports Blog, I'm Keith Harrington.
Photo Credit-Brooke DeBonis