Border Country Sports Blog-February 20th
Good Morning! With the Border Country Sports Blog, I'm Keith Harrington.
Railroaders Fall to Schoharie in Class C Opener
Things seemed to be aligning well for the Whitehall girls basketball team in the opening round of the Section II Class C Tournament. The Railroaders were one of the hottest teams in the area down the stretch of the season and earned a home game as the sixth seed. Schoharie standout Jessica Meade however had other plans as she led the Indians to a 48-40 win.
Defense has been the strength of Boyd Hunt's team all season, but that was not the case in this contest.
"We struggled mightily in the first half. Our best friend, our defense failed us a bit and our plan was not executed properly," Hunt explained. "We ended up giving up way to many live ball turnovers and offensive rebounds."
The Indians shook the long bus ride off quickly as they came out ready to play. Schoharie led 15-7 after the first quarter, and outscored Whitehall 12-5 in the second stanza to lead 27-12 at halfime.
The Railroaders attempted to rally in the third. An 18-11 third quarter pulled Whitehall within 38-30 heading to the fourth quarter. The teams played evenly over the final eight minutes as the Indians held on for the win.
"The Meade girl from Schoharie is a player. I was very scared of her coming in but we did make things easy for them tonight," Hunt added.
Meade netted 24 points for lead Schoharie. Abby Fagini added 12 and Chloe Towle eight.
Samantha Howland led Whitehall with 11 points. Ashlyn Groesbeck chipped in 10 and Madison Gould eight.
Whitehall rounds out the season 16-5.
#11 Schoharie is now 15-5 and advances to play #3 Berne-Knox at Greenwich Wednesday night.
Corinth Extends Winning Streak to 21
A week ago the Corinth girls basketball team was waking up as the champions of the Adirondack League. Seven days later the Tomahawks are still perfect, extending their winning streak to 21 games as they defeated Hoosic Valley 43-27 in a Class C opening round matchup.
#4 Corinth will now take on #5 Maple Hill Wednesday night at Duanesburg.
Sophomore Emily Dingmon picked right up where she left off a week ago. Dingmon recorded a double-double with 19 points and 16 rebounds. She also handed out eight assists and had seven steals.
The Tomahawks started a little slowly, leading just 6-5 after a quarter and 14-13 at the half.
A 15-5 third quarter allowed Corinth to open up their lead and they put the game away with a 14-9 fourth.
Maddie DeLisle added 14 points.
Abbey Peckham led Hoosic Valley with 12 points.
Corinth is now 21-0 on the season.
Fair Haven Outscores Middlebury
The Fair Haven boys basketball team continued to roll as they outscored Middlebury 84-67 in a fast-paced affair in SVL action.
Three Slaters eclipsed the 20 point mark in the contest.
Fair Haven led 25-22 at the end of the first quarter. The Slaters used a 28-13 second quarter to lead 53-35 at the break.
The Slaters led 65-47 with two seconds left in the third when Sawyer Ramey stole the inbounds pass and converted a reverse layup at the buzzer to make it a 20 margin heading to the final eight minutes.
Junior point guard Sawyer Ramey paced the Slaters. Ramey filled up the stat sheet in a variety of ways as he scored 27 points, to go with 13 assists, six steals and six rebounds.
Brandon Eastman added 23 points for Fair Haven, Sam Barber contributed 20.
Penn Riney had 25 points for the Tigers. Jack Trudeau added18 points. Willem Berry chipped in 14.
Fair Haven is now 15-4 on the season.
Rutland and Mill River Claim Cheer Titles
Familiar Faces were once again lifting the hardware at the conclusion of the Vermont State Cheerleading Championships on Saturday at Vergennes High School. Rutland won their eighth consecutive crown while Mill River won their fifth in a row.
In Division I Rutland placed ahead of second place Mount Anthony and third place Essex.
In Divison II Mill River outscored Burlington who finished second and Poultney who placed third.
Mount Anthony, Rutland, Mill River, South Burlington, Essex and Poultney all scored the 150 ponts required to move on to New Englands.
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With the Border Country Sports Blog, I'm Keith Harrington.
Photo Credit-Karla Ramey