Hartford sports round-up, Dec. 9, 2021

Harrington leads Hartford to 57-46 win

By Keith Harrington

When one of your key players goes down injured someone needs to have a “next man up” mentality. For the Hartford boys basketball team Saturday that someone was Ray Harrington.

With standout big man JP Lavin suffering an ankle injury the night before, Harrington raised his game and led the Tanagers to a 57-46 win over Seton Catholic in a Coaches vs. Cancer game played at the Word of Life Fieldhouse.

Harrington poured in 32 points, 23 of which came in the second half to ignite the Hartford offense. The Tanagers trailed 24-23 at the half but outscored Seton Catholic 34-22 in the second half.

“He is one of the best in the league. It’s going to be tough without him,” Harrington said. “I will miss him by my side for sure, but we’ve got a great group of kids willing to step up, with a great coach.”

Nate Fiske and Drake Stewart added eight points each for the Tanagers.

Free throw accuracy played a big role in the contest. Harrington was 7 for 8 from the line. Fiske was 4 for 5 and Stewart 4 for 4.

Hartford is now 2-1 on the season. Seton Catholic is 0-2.

On Friday night Hartford dropped a 42-38 decision to Schroon Lake, also in the Coaches vs. Cancer event. The Tanagers were hampered in this contest when starting center JP Lavin was hurt early on.

The game was tight throughout. Hartford found themselves trailing 10-5 at the end of the first quarter but pulled within 21-18 at halftime.

The Wildcats used an 11-4 third quarter advantage to open a 32-22 lead. The Tanagers mounted a slight rally in the fourth but could not complete the comeback.

Harrington again led the Tanagers with 17 points. Logan Reynolds chipped in 11.

Schroon Lake was paced by Alex Coupal with 15 points. Aiden Pearl added 11 and

Ricky Dumoulin scored 13.

Schroon Lake was 1-0 after the win. Hartford fell to 1-1.

Earlier in the week Harford used a big fourth quarter to rally from a 12-point deficit and edged Greenwich 71-70 in a non-league contest at the Ella Colvin Gymnasium.

Logan Reynolds sunk a free throw in the final seconds to give the Tanagers the win.

Hartford trailed by 11 at the half and 12 heading to the fourth but outscored the Witches 27-14 in the final stanza on the strength of a 2-3 trapping zone defense.

Reynolds and JP Lavin paced the Tanagers with 17 points each. Ray Harrington added 15 points.

Lavin had a double-double with 10 rebounds. Harrington dished out eight assists.

Jesse Kuzmich led the Witches with 23 points. Jacob Zinn and Jayden Hughes added 11 apiece.

Hartford was 1-0 at the time. Greenwich was 0-1.

Hartford girls win three in a row

By Keith Harrington

When you have not one but two players on the verge of eclipsing the 1,000-point milestone, expectations are high, and after three games nothing has happened to dampen those expectations for the Hartford girls basketball team. The Tanagers swept their first three games this week with post player Karlee Nims and guard Gabbie McFarren leading the way.

Nims entered the season with 897 points and is now 40 away from the 1,000-point mark. McFarren started with 738 and now has 781.

Hartford opened the season last Tuesday with an impressive 71-26 win over Heatly in a non-league contest. Both Nims and McFarren outscored the Hornets themselves.

Nims fired in 31 points to go along with 17 rebounds for the Tanagers. McFarren added 28 points and dished out six assists.

Hartford led 21-6 after a quarter and used a 16-9 second quarter to lead 37-15 at the half.

The Tanagers outscored the Hornets 24- 3 in the third quarter to extend the lead to 61-18.

Izzy French handed out six assists for Hartford.

Hartford was 1-0 after the win. Heatly begins the season 0-1.

On Friday night Hartford made it two wins in a row with a 56-47 victory over Schroon Lake in a Coaches vs. Cancer game. Nims and McFarren sparked the Tanagers again as they combined for 59 points.

The Tanagers trailed 14-12 after a quarter and led just 27-26 at halftime. The game was still tight after three quarters as Schroon Lake used a 15-14 advantage to tie the game.

However, Hartford used a 15-6 fourth quarter effort to pull away.

Nims led Hartford with 22 points. McFarren added 16.

Hartford moved to 2-0 on the season. Schroon Lake fell to 0-1.

On Saturday Hartford closed out the first week of the season by rolling to their third win in a row, topping Seton Catholic 40-34 at Word of Life Fieldhouse in another Coaches vs. Cancer game.

Seton Catholic made a run at Hartford in the second half, mainly in the fourth quarter. The Tanagers still led 35-23 heading to the final stanza, but Seton Catholic used a 11-5 run to narrow the gap.

McFarren led Hartford with 13 points. Nims chipped in 10 and Alawnah Dunda eight.

Hartford is 3-0. Seton Catholic is 1-1.