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Hartford, Nims Roll Over Northville
It is a simple formula. When you have a dominating post player who your opponent has no answer for, you pound the ball to her. The Hartford girls basketball team employed that strategy Monday night as they fed the ball to Karlee Nims early and often to fashion a 59-38 win over Northville in the Section II Class D quarterfinals.
Hartford jumped out to an 18-6 first quarter lead with Nims pouring in 16 consecutive points during the spurt. The Tanagers led 20-9 after the quarter.
The Falcons settled down a played better in the second. Northville took advantage of Hartford fouls by going socring nine points from the stripe to outscore the Tanagers 13-11 in the second to slice the lead to 31-22 at the half.
Hartford increased the lead in the third. The Tanagers went on a 10-3 to open the quarter, and finished the stanza with a 12-5 advantage to lead 43-27 heading to the final frame.
The Falcons closed within 45-33 in the fourth but the Tanagers held them off with a 16-11 quarter.
Nims led the Tanagers with 31 points. Gabby McFarren added seven and Reaghan Liebig six.
Hailey Monroe had 14 points for Northville. Hannah Hoffman chipped in eight.
Hartford is now 18-4 and moves on to meet Saratoga Catholic in Saturday's championship game at Hudson Valley Community College. Tip off is scheduled for 4:15 p.m.
Saints Defeat North Warren in Class D Semis
Saratoga Catholic took advantage of North Warren's cold shooting start and went on to defeat the Coungars 58-40 in the Section II Class D semifinals at Ballston Spa HIgh School.
The Saints led just 10-8 after the first quarter, but a 12-4 second period made it 22-12 Saratoga Catholic at the break.
Saratoga Catholic put the game away in the third with a 20-8 run. The Sainst led by as much as 48-23 in the second half.
The Saints were paced by Allison Motler with 23 points. Ashley Upson added 17 and Katie Cronin16.
Nicole Buckman had 17 points for the Cougars. Megan Bruno added 16.
8-14 Saratoga Catolic meets #1 Hartford in Saturday's final.
North Warren ends the season 11-11.
Proctor Headed to Division IV Final
We've all heard the saying "Defense wins championships." While the Proctor girls basketball team certainly can score, sometimes with guard Maggie McKearin surpasing the entire opposing team by herself, the Phantoms can flash some defense as well. Last night Proctor used an oustanding effort on the defensive end of the floor as they stifled Danville 41-20 in the Vermont State Division IV semifinals at the Barre Auditorium.
Proctor took a 7-5 first quarter lead and never looked back. The lead ballooned to as much as 37-15 in the second half and the Phantoms were never challenged.
Proctor forced 17 turnovers with their solid defense.
Maggie McKearin led Proctor with 16 points. Isabel Greb contributed nine and Laci French eight.
Rylie Cadieux and Ava Marshia led the Bears with five each.
The top ranked Phantoms will play Saturday at noon against the winner of tonight's Blue Mountain and West Rutland contest in the other semifinal.
With the Border Country Sports Blog, I'm Keith Harrington.
Photo Credit: Lori Severance.