Due to Covid-19 shortening last year’s season, Hartford’s Karlee Nims had to wait longer than expected to reach the 1,000 point mark. Wednesday night with the milestone easily within sight the senior forward didn’t waste anymore time. Nims score 14 first quarter to points to become the fifth Tanager girls in school history to place their name on the banner in the Ella Colvin Gymnasium as Hartford cruised past Fort Ann 72-16 in Adirondack League play.
“It’s surreal. It’s crazy. I’ve wanted it since I was a little kid,” Nims said after the game. “It crazy that I’m a senior in high school and just got my 1,000 points.”
“We were just glad we could do it at home, in front of our home fans,” Hartford coach Jason Johnson added. “She would have gotten it last year, but unfortunately with Covid she couldn’t do it, but we were able to get it (this year) right away.”
Nims scored the first four Hartford points in the paint. Then after a Gabbie McFarren 3-pointer, she showed off her soft shooting touch with a pair of jumpers in the lane as they Tanagers jumped out to a 11-0 lead. Hartford led 24-0 after a quarter with Nims achieving her goal with a free throw in the closing seconds.
“I’ve watched Gavon Darfler get it, and Tad Jones and all of them, it’s just crazy to think that I’m one of them,” Nims said.”
With the huge advantage Nims spent most of the evening getting her teammates involved. The Tanagers were hitting on all cylnders as they scored from beyond the arc, the pain and in transition. Nims was especially proficient connecting with Alawnah Dunda on a high-low play.
“This team, we all go together very well. “We’ve played with each other before so we are all very aware with each other and very comfortable knowing how each other play.”
Nims finished the evening with 16 points. She finished with a triple-double as she pulled down 10 rebouncs and dished out 10 assists.
McFarren led the Tanagers with 20 points, including knocking down five 3-pointers. McFarren is closing in on being the next 1,000 point scorer at Hartford with currently over 800.
Dunda added 12 points and Izzy French eight.
The Cardinals got six points from Angel Aratare.
Hartford is now 2-0, 5-0. Fort Ann is 0-2, 0-4.