Updated: Feb 13, 2022
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Corinth Pulls Away Behind Dingmon for ADK Championship
Perhaps the highlight of the evening at Hudson Falls HIgh School Saturday evening was how packd the house was. After two years of Covid-19 the gym was jammed with fans enjoying a great display of high school hoops. Of course, if you are from Corinth, the exciting part of the night was watching your girls basketball team defeat Hartford for the second time this season, thus claiming their first ever Adirondack League title game victory.
The Tomahawks used a late second quarter surge and quick start to the third to create some distance between themselves and Hartford in a 62-37 win. The only previous appearance in the championship game for the Tomahawks came in 1995, a loss to Argyle.
The game was nip and tuck early. The Corinth strategy was obvious right from the tip. Play defense. Rebound. And push the tempo in an attempt to wear the Tanagers down. The strategy was a winning one. The Tomahawks held an explosive Hartford team with two of the league's best scorers in the forties. They dominated the glass. And by the fourth quarter had the Tanagers looking gassed.
Hartford led 13-11 after the first quarter and held a slim edge for a majority of the second quarter. Then sophomore Emily Dingmon took over. Dingmon gave the Tomahawks the lead with two foul shots with 2:39 to go before the break. They never gave it back. Dingmon nailed a 3-pointer and then hit a shot at the buzzer to cap a 13-2 run and give her squad a 31-25 lead at the half.
In the third Corinth came out and put the game away. The Tomahawks pushed the lead to as much as 17. Hartford was able to whittle back to single-digits, but Corinth responded and held on for the win.
Dingmon finished with 26 points and 15 rebounds for the Tomahwks. Guard Maddie DeLisle was defended well by the Tanagers, but finished with 13 points. Deandra Gill had 10 points.
Alexis Crossmon collected seven rebounds for Corinth.
Hartford was paced by Gabrielle McFarren with 16 points. Karlee Nims added 14. Alawnah Dunda chipped in nine, including scoring Hartford's first six points of the contest.
Better days are ahead for the 16-4 Tanagers. They will be decisive favorites to win the Section Class D title.
Corinth is 20-0 and will look to navigate their way through a loaded Class C gauntlet.
Argyle Rallies to Claim ADK Championship in Defensive Grinder
The Argyle boys basketball team is annually loaded with weapons who can knock down shots from behind the arc. I have seen them shoot their way out of games, and then literally shoot themselves back in. Saturday however at Hudson Falls HIgh School it was defense that carried the Scots. Despite a horiffic cold shooting start Argyle stayed within striking distance and then made their move late.
The Scots overcame a slow start and an 11 point deficit to rally past Lake George 39-36 to bring home the Adirondack League championship.
Argyle scored only four points in the first quarter and were relying on long range shots that were not connecting. They trailed by nine and saw the Warriors extend the lead to 11 in the second. The Scots outscored Lake George 12-9 in the period to pull within 22-18 at the half. A couple of timely treys by Brandon Saunders helped keep Argyle within striking distance.
Lake George recovered to outscore the Scots 11-9 in the third to lead 33-25 heading to the final frame.
Argyle locked the Warriors down in the fourth. The Scots outscored the Warriors 14-3. Saunders tied the game at 35-35 with a 3-pointer. Lake George hit a foul shot to take a one point lead, but a Derrick Liddle bucket made it 37-36 Scots. Hunter Ingram hit two foul shots with 21.6 remaining and Argyle held off a last ditch effort by the Warriors.
Saunders led Argyle with 16 points. Ingram added nine points. Justin McWhorter contributed six points. Jared Montello had 10 board.
Cameron Orr led Lake George with 16 points. Julius Moffit added 10 and Ryan Becker seven. Luke Sheldon hauled in 16 rebounds.
Argyle is now 17-3. Lake George is 16-4.
Four ADK Wrestlers Win at Wrestling State Qualifier
After a one year hiatus the Section II State Wrestling Tournament qualifier tournament returned to the Cool Insuring Arena in Glens Falls, and four Adirondack League wrestlers won their weight divisions and punched their tickets to the state meet.
Granville-Fort Ann's Brent Perry (189), Warrensburg-Bolton's Tanner McKenna (132), and Tristen HItchcock (285), along with Logan Marrisal (215) of Hadley-Luzerne/Lake George all claimed crowns in Division II.
At 189, Perry edged local rival and friend Troy Austin of Whitehall 1-0 to win the championship. Perry is th Class C champion and Austin the Class D champion.
At 132, McKenna defeated Torin Bishop of Tamarac 11-9 to claim his crown.
Marrisal earned the 215 title with a pin of Lucas Martindale of Salem-Cambridge in 4:35.
At 285, Hitchcock edged Evan Day of Salem-Cambridge 4-3.
Dylan Winchell and Dante Corriveau of Warrensburg-Bolton both fell in title matches, Winchell at 126 and Corriveau at 145.
Granville-Fort Ann's Jaxon Torres advanced to the semifinals at 110 pounds, and won his consolation final over Cameron Carpenter of Warrensburg-Bolton in a 9-7 decision.
Granville-Fort Ann's Thomas McMahon reached the semifinals and placed fourth.
Hunter Nemec of Warrensburg-Bolton placed third after topping Jayden Morales of Lansingburgh in the consolation final at 215.
At 152, Sawyer of Ostrander of Whitehall reached the semifinal and finished fourth.
Zach Olden of Warrensburg-Salem was fourth at 118.
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With the Border Country Sports Blog, I'm Keith Harrington.