Good Morning! With the Border Country Sports Blog, I'm Keith Harrington.
Tanagers, McFarren Roll Over Granville
Ever since the 3-point shot entered the high school game it has been a deadly weapon. When you can put four players on the floor that can knock down treys regularly, especially when they surround a dominant post player, that is a tough formula to compete with.
Friday night in Granville, Hartford used a barrage of shots from behind the arc by Gabbie McFarren, Izzy French, Cailin Severance and McKenzie Johnson to roll over Granville 76-30 in an Adirondack League contest.
The Tanagers connected on 15 3-pointers on the night.
Despite the loss there were some signs of hope for the Golden Horde as they continue to show improvement under Ben Hover who took over the coaching duties in the middle of the season.
"We're struggling a little bit offensively trying to get the ball to go through the hoop, but I like the way we are running our stuff," Hover commented after the game. "We keep constantly preaching run your sets, believe in your sets and execution. And once we execute the offense will come."
Hartford raced out to a 22-6 first quarter lead. In the second the Tanagers opened up a 23 point lead, but a pair of buckets by Lauren Bascom and a put back by Hannah Ingleston down the stretch reduced the deficit to 33-16 at the break.
In the third the Tanagers blew the game back open as they led 57-26 after the stanza. Hartford used a 19-4 fourth quarter to provide the final margin of victory.
McFarren who is closing in on the 1,000 point career mark had 34 points to lead Hartford. McFarren likely will join Karlee Nims in the Tanager 1,000 point club next game. Karlee Nims contributed 10 points. French and Johnson had nine points each.
Lilly Strout and Lauren Bascom netted eight points each for Granville.
Hartford is 9-1, 13-2. Granville is 3-6, 3-10.
Slaters Defeat Woodstock on the Road
Fair Haven remained unbeaten on the season as they defeated Woodstock on the road 62-48 in SVL boys basketball.
Fair Haven has had trouble getting games in, only taking to the court five times thus far. When they go get to play though they have proven tough to beat.
The Slaters perfect mark was in jeopardy early on as the Wasps led 29-25 at the half. However, Fair Haven got it rolling over the final 16 minutes, outscoring Woodstock 37-19 the rest of the way.
Sawyer Ramey led Fair Haven with 27 points. Phil Bean added 12 points. for the Slaters.
Woodstock got 11 points from Corey White.
Fair Haven is now 5-0 on the season.
Whitehall Comes From Behind to Beat Flying Forts
Fort Edward led during the first half, but Whitehall rallied over the final 16 minutes to defeat the Flying Forts 73-59 in Adirondack League boys basketball. A huge fourth quarter for the Railroaders proved to be the difference.
Fort Edward led 14-11 after the opening quarter and 33-28 at the half.
Whitehall began to take control in the third. The Railroaders used a 17-10 stanza to grab a 45-43 lead heading to the final stanza. In the fourth Whitehall exploded for 28 points to pull away for the win.
Latrell Evans led Whitehall with 20 points. Cash Burgey added 19 and Tristan Foote 11.
Bradley Kamburelis led Fort Edward with 19 points. Ash Sullivan chipped in 17.
Whitehall is now 7-3, 8-4. Fort Edward is 1-8, 2-9.
Golden Horde Boys Take Down Hartford
Granville boys basketball coach Justin Nassivera will quickly tell you that the Ella Colvin Gym in Harftord is always a place that his team has trouble in. Friday night that was not the case. Granville took control right from the opening tip and went on to take down Hartford 56-32 in an ADK matchup.
The Golden Horde led 18-7 after a quarter and 28-12 at the break.
A 19-7 fourth quarter put the finishing touches on the victory for Granville.
Nassivera credited his team's defense for the win.
"We held Harrington to just five points," Nassivera said refering to Hartford's leading scorer who has a few 30 plus point games this season.
Caleb Nelson led Granville with 23 points. Cody Nelson added 13.
Drake Stewart had 10 points for the Tanagers.
Granville is 7-2, 8-3. Hartford falls to 4-6, 6-8.
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With the Border Country Sports Blog, I'm Keith Harrington.
Photo Credit: Stacie Arnhold