Updated: Jan 22, 2022
The first thing that Whitehall girls basketball coach Boyd Hunt will always tell you is that if a team can't outscore you they can't beat you. I know it sounds obvious, but the Railroaders have parlayed the strategy into several successful seasons.
Thursday night was no exception as Whitehall caused the Granville offense fits the entire game in a 35-21 Adirondack League victory.
The Railoaders got out to a 13-6 first quarter lead and extended it to 20-8 at the half.
Whitehall used a 9-7 third quarter to lead 29-15 heading to the fourth. The Railroaders led by as much as 19 in the final stanza before the Golden Horde chipped away at it late.
"We kind of got out there to a lead and we tend to do that against people. We play kind of good in the first half and then we kind of cruise home," Hunt stated after the game. "We've got to figure that out."
Samantha Howland played a huge role for the Railroaders. Howland scored in the paint with her soft touch, dominated the boards and caused havoc on defense.
"I had a talk with her about four or five games ago. I told her you could be on of the best players in the league if you choose to be," Hunt said of Howland.
Even with the loss, Granville coach Ben Hover feels his team is progressing after he took over in the middle of the season.
"I liked our pressure on defense. Holding them to 35 points. We just need offensive excecution, but I like what I'm seeing Hover said."
Howland led Whitehall with 10 points. Blake Bird and Ashlyn Groesbeck has six apiece for the Railroaders.
Strout had 10 points for the Golden Horde. Phillips added six.
Whitehall is now 9-3 on the season. Granville is 3-9.
Photo Credit-Stacie Arnhold