Good Morning! With the Border Country Sports Blog, I'm Keith Harrington.
Ramey, Slaters Roll Past Granville
When Granville and Fair Haven began playing each other a few years ago an across the border rivalry was instantly born. The games between two of the top programs in the Border Country area have all been great battles. Until yesterday that is.
Fair Haven guard Sawyer Ramey dismantled the usually vaunted Golden Horde defense and the Slater bigs dominated the paint as they rolled past Granville 73-51 at the Granville Gym.
"They're such a good basketball team. We had such a battle last night with Lake George," Granville coach Justin Nassivera stated. "We played a solid half of basketball, then I think we got tired."
The game was tight early, and after a slow start the Golden Horde took an 8-7 lead. They would not taste the lead again. Fair Haven led 17-14 after a quarter and used an 18-11 second quarter to extend their advantage to 35-25 at halftime.
Any chance of a Granville comeback went by the wayside in the third quarter. The Slaters outscored the Golden Horde 24-10 in the stanza to lead 59-35 heading to the fourth.
Fair Haven led by as much as 30 in the final frame before the Golden Horde put together a minor rally.
Ramey, a junior guard and one of Vermont's most talented players scored 31 points for the Slaters. Phil Bean added 13 and Joe Buxton 11.
"Sawyer's a heck of a player. By far he would be the best player in the Adirondack," Nassivera added. "He's just such a tough guy to guard."
Nathan Rathbun had 13 points for Granville. Cody Nelson chipped in 12.
Fair Haven is now 8-0. Granville is 9-6.
Railroaders Defeat Poultney
In another match up of teams along the border the Whitehall girls basketball team made the short trip for a rematch with Poultney. The Railroaders had beaten the Blue Devisl at home a few weeks ago. If Whitehall was suffering any effects from an emotional win at Hartford just a few hours earlier it didn't show as they defeated Poultney 42-21 in a non-league matchup.
Once again it was Whitehall's patented man to man defense that got the job done. After a tight first half the Railroaders put the clamps on pver the final 16 minutes.
The Blue Devils played tough in the first half. The teams were tied 6-6 after a quarter. Whitehall used an 11-8 second quarter to lead 17-14 at the break.
The Railroaders began to roll in the third. They used an 15-4 spurt to pull away from the Blue Devils, taking a 32-18 lead to the final stanza. In the fourth Whitehall outscored Poultney 10-3 to ensure themselves the victory.
Sophomore Samantha Howland continued her scoring streak as she led the Railroaders with 16 points. Blake Bird, Madison Gould and Ashlyn Groesbeck chipped in six each.
Hailey Hayes had five points for Poultney. Kaitlyn DeBonis, Molly Hier and Makenzie Ezzo added four points apiece.
Whitheall is now 12-3. Poultney is 4-8.
Granville-Fort Ann Wrestlers Have Success at Ken Baker Meet
The Granville-Fort Ann wrestling team competed in the Coach Ken Baker Tournament this weekend and the Golden Horde had some positive results.
At 189 pounds Brent Perry claimed the championship for Granville-Fort Ann. In the semifinal match Perry defeated Edward Marcus of Averill Park 11-0 by major decision. in the championship match Perry won by a 4-0 decision over Luke Pryor of Cobleskill-Richmondville.
At 118 Granville's Quinn Johnson placed second. Johnson won hie semifinal match with a 4-1 decision over Derik Carey of Lansingburgh. . In the title match Johnson fell to Trevor Bishop by decision.
Granville's Nick Crum placed fourth at 126 pounds. Thomas McMahon finshed fourth at 132 pounds.
Granville-Fort Ann placed sixth as a team in the 12 team meet with 77 points.
Salem-Cambridge placed fourth and Hadley-Luzerne/Lake George eighth.
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With the Border Country Sports Blog, I'm Keith Harrington.
Photo Credit: Tammy Holcomb