Hartford sports round-up, Dec. 16, 2021

Hartford girls top Argyle, 66-34

By Keith Harrington

When Hartford and Argyle get together on the hardwood it’s always a big game. Both basketball teams have high expectations for their 2021-22 campaigns and are expecting to be among the Adirondack League’s elite.

Round one of this season’s Route 40 rivalry belongs to the Tanagers.

Standouts Karlee Nims and Gabbie McFarren had their usual solid performances and their young supporting cast had their most productive outing of the season as the Tanagers defeated Argyle, 66-34, to remain perfect.

Hartford came out on fire, fashioning a 21-7 first quarter lead. The Tanagers then outscored Argyle 11-4 in the second to increase their advantage to 32-11.

Argyle played better in the third, but despite winning the quarter 12-11 they could not cut into the first-half deficit.

A 22-11 fourth quarter by Hartford left no doubt about the result of this one.

Nims continued to close in on the 1,000-career-point mark with a 26-point effort for the Tanagers. Nims is now just 16 points shy of the mark.

McFarren added 12 points, Izzy French eight. Freshman Caillyn Severence and sophomore Reaghan Liebig also contributed eight points each.

Kylee Humiston led Argyle with 17 points.

Hartford is now 1-0, 4-0. Argyle is 0-1, 1-1.

Harrington-led Hartford wins, 56-48

By Keith Harrington

There may not be a player in the area who is off to a faster start to the boys basketball season than Hartford’s Ray Harrington, who had another impressive performance on Friday night as he helped lead the Tanagers to a hard-fought 56-48 win over Fort Edward in the Flying Forts’ home gym.

Harrington was coming off a 25-point effort against Argyle and has a season high of 32 points against Seton Catholic. Against Fort Edward the junior guard knocked down a trio of 3-pointers and finished with 19 points to ignite the Tanagers in the second half.

The Tanagers and Flying Forts were knotted at 13-13 after the first quarter. Fort Edward used a 13-12 second quarter to lead 26-25 at halftime.

“I thought we came out flat and lacking focus and intensity in the first half,” Hartford coach Jason Harrington said. “Fort Edward however was playing with energy and were highly motivated.”

Hartford turned the tide in the third, outscoring Fort Edward 20-10 in the frame to lead 45-36, and held on from there.

“We adjusted at the half and came out in the third quarter with more enthusiasm and better motivation,” Harrington said.

 Logan Reynolds added 13 points and Austin Wells seven for the Tanagers.

Drake Stewart pulled down 12 rebounds for Hartford. Reynolds collected 10 boards. Cody Baker dished out four assists.

“Drake Stewart and Logan Reynolds had excellent second halves and led our surge,” Harrington praised. “Ray hit some big shots down the stretch and made timely free throws to seal the victory.”

Ashton Sullivan had 14 points for Fort Edward. Bradley Kamburelis added 12.

Hartford is 1-1, 3-2. Fort Edward is 0-2, 1-3.

On Tuesday night in the league opener, Argyle used a big fourth quarter to fend off a Hartford comeback as the Scots topped the Tanagers, 67-53, in an Adirondack League match-up.

Argyle looked like they might cruise early on. The Scots led 25-8 after the first quarter before Hartford got things rolling in the second as they outscored Argyle 20-8 to pull within 33-28 at the half.

The Tanagers used a 17-14 third to make it a two-point game heading to the final stanza, but a 19-8 fourth quarter by the Scots proved to be the difference.

Argyle was led by Derek Liddle with 19 points. Brandon Sanders added 16. Justin McWhorter had 14 and Hunter Ingram 11.

Harrington paced Hartford with 25 points. Wells added 10 and Stewart eight.

“Derek and I had a really good head-to-head tonight,” Ray Harrington said. “He’s a real nice player. Wicked patient.”

Argyle moved 1-0, 2-0 with the win. Hartford dropped to 0-1, 2-2.