Border Country Sports Blog-January 8th
Good Morning! With the Border Country Sports Blog, I'm Keith Harrington.
Golden Horde Fight Off Shorthanded Hadley-Luzerne
The Granville boys basketball team shook off a slow start, built a 30 point lead and then fought off a shorthanded but determined Hadley-Luzerne squad 75-62 Friday night in Adirondack League boys basketball.
The Eagles came into the evening with only six healthy players due to Covid protocols and injuries. The Golden Horde were without head coach Justin Nassivera. Assistant coach Chris Fuller made his debut at the helm a successful one.
"I guess I should have expected to have to take over at some point with all of the Covid stuff, " Fuller said after the game. "It was a little bit of a shock to me. But a win's a win. They made it interesting that's for sure."
Hadley-Luzerne showed early that despite having a depleted roster they came to play. The Eagles jumped to a quick 9-2 lead. Granville however got their patented press and transition game rolling halfway through the stanza, closing on a 24-3 run to lead 26-12.
The Golden Horde continued to roll in the second quarter and outscored Hadley-Luzerne 23-7 to lead 49-19 at halftime. Game over right? Wrong!
The Eagles refused to quit in the final 16 minutes. Hadley-Luzerne rode the hot outside shooting of Alex Mattison and the solid overall play of Josh Foley and Matt Harder to close to within as much as 11 in the second half, but the Golden Horde managed to hold them off.
"I told them, they have six guys, but they have six guys that are going to work their tails off," Fuller added. "We got complacent. And we got cold too. And they got hot. Some guys started hitting some threes and that pumped them up."
Caleb Nelson was one of five Granville players in double-digits with 24 points. Cody Nelson added 12. Alex Warrington, Nathan Rathbun and Matthew Barlow contributed 12 points each.
Mattison and Josh Ellis had 15 points apiece for Hadley-Luzerne. Harder added 14 and Foley 11 for the Eagles.
Granville is now 5-1, 6-2. Hadley-Luzerne is 2-3, 2-5.
Hartford Girls Remain Unbeaten
The Hartford girls basketball team has had their way with Adirondack League opponents so far this season. Warrensburg and Hartford alum Scott Smith had to be a team circled on the schedule as a potential challenge for the Tanagers.
Hartford jumped out to a big first quarter lead and held off the Burghers the rest of the way to earn a 51-38 victory to keep their record unblemished in the ADK.
The Tanagers raced out to a 16-2 first quarter lead and it appeared that it might be just another night at the office for Coach Jason Johnson's team.
“We were hitting on all cylinders,” Hartford coach Jason Johnson said of his team’s torrid start. “We were putting the ball in the hoop and our press was able to force a few turnovers.”
Warrensburg settled down after that and gave Hartford all they wanted. The Burghers used a 16-7 secnd quarter to pull within 23-18 at the half.
Warrensburg continued to narrow the gap in the third, pulling to within 32-29 heading to the final stanza.
The Tanagers recovered to outscore the Burghers 19-9 in the fourth to pull away for the win.
Gabrielle McFarren and Karlee Nims led Hartford with 16 points each. McFarren now needs just 54 points to join Nims on the Tanager's 1,000 career point list.
Alawnah Dunda chipped in eight points for Hartford and Cassie Wade seven.
Hope Sherman paced the Burghers with 14 points. Olivia Frasier added 10.
Hartford is now 6-0, 10-1. Warrensburg is 4-2, 4-3.
Whitehall Girls Take Down Salem
Whitehall opened up a double-digit first quarter lead and that was enough to hold off Salem on the road in a 51-41 win in ADK girls basketball.
The Railroaders led 21-9 after the first and led 31-21 at the half.
The Generals outscored Whitehall 20-17 in the second half, but it wasn't enough to overcome the early deficit.
Blake Bird netted 18 points for Whitehall. Samantha Howland added 15.
Amber Terry paced Salem with 14 points. Katy Sweenor chipped in 10.
Whitehall is 4-2 in league play and 6-2 overall.
Whitehall Boys Edge Salem
The second quarter proved to be the difference as Whitehall edged Salem 52-46 in Adirondack League boys basketball.
The Railroaders led 15-13 after a quarter. Whitehall extended the margin to 28-19
Salem fashioned a 15-11 advantage in the third, but Whitehall outscored the Generals 13-12 in the fourth to hold on for the win.
Cash Burgey led the Railroaders with 16 points. Jake Whiting contributed 13 points and Lattrell Evans 10.
Connor Chilson poured in a game-high 21 points for Salem. Zachary Miller added 12.
Whitehall is 4-2, 4-3. Salem is 1-4, 1-5.
For more of Friday night's scores go to the Border Country Sports Scorestream Scoreboard: https://www.bordercountrysports.com/scores
With the Border Country Sports Blog, I'm Keith Harrington.
Photo Credit-Stacie Arnhold