Whitehall sports round-up, Dec. 16, 2021

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Whitehall’s Samantha Howland defends a Hadley-Luzerne player during the Railroader’s win over the Eagles. (Photo by Jen Dickinson)

Whitehall girls’ defense wins a pair

By Keith Harrington

Whitehall girls basketball coach Boyd Hunt loves to talk about his team’s defense. When the Railroaders advanced to the Section II Class D final last year, right before the Covid-19 pandemic hit, stellar defense was their calling card.

This year’s version of Hunt’s squad seems to be developing a similar identity.

Whitehall is 2-0 after a pair of Adirondack League contests and has held opponents to a combined 60 points.

Friday night at home against Hadley-Luzerne it was a huge defensive play in the final seconds that helped preserve a 33-31 victory over the scrappy Eagles.

The Railroaders roared out of the gate, leading 13-4 after the opening stanza. An 8-5 second quarter made it 21-9 Whitehall at the break. At that point, there was no indication that this game would come down to the wire.

An 8-3 third quarter pulled the Eagles within 26-17 and Hadley-Luzerne used a 14-9 fourth quarter to pull within two, but the Railroaders got a key defensive play from Samantha Howland down the stretch.

With the Railroaders clinging to a 32-31 and the clock winding down, Hadley-Luzerne went to top-gun Madison Lent looking to take the lead. Lent had been hot, firing in 17 second half points. Howland, however, came up with a clean block of Lent’s shot to keep Whitehall in front.

Vinna Jensen then hit a free throw to preserve the win for the Railroaders.

Howland led Whitehall with 12 points and Jayden Hughes knocked down a pair of 3-pointers to finish with six points. Madison Gould chipped in five.

Lent had a game-high 21 points for the Eagles.

Whitehall improved to 2-0, 2-0. Hadley-Luzerne fell to 1-1, 2-1.

Two nights earlier, Whitehall traveled to Chestertown to open the season against North Warren and defense provided the impetus in this one as well as the Railroaders returned home with a 49-29 win.

The Railroaders gradually pulled away, leading 14-5 after a quarter and 20-10 at the half.

The Cougars stayed within striking distance in the third, but a 17-9 fourth quarter put the game away for the Railroaders.

Gould paced Whitehall with 15 points and Ashlyn Groesbeck added 10 points.

Nicole Buckman had 14 points to lead North Warren.

Whitehall boys pick up first win

By Keith Harrington

Whitehall’s boys basketball team picked up their first win of the season Friday night, topping Hadley-Luzerne, 53-45, in an Adirondack League contest played on the Eagles’ home court.

The Railroaders came out strong, building a 17-10 lead in the first quarter. Hadley-Luzerne used a 13-7 second quarter advantage to cut the deficit to 24-23 at halftime.

The Railroaders recovered in the third, outscoring the Eagles 13-8 to regain control at 37-31.

A 16-14 final quarter allowed Whitehall to fend off Hadley-Luzerne.

Cash Burgey had a stellar performance for Whitehall, pouring in 24 points. Jake Whiting contributed eight points and Landen Steven seven. Ethan Eggleston and Brandon Bakerian chipped in six points each.

Josh Ellis led the Eagles with 16 points. Matt Harder added 10.

Whitehall moved to 1-1, 1-1 with the win. Hadley-Luzerne is 1-1, 1-1.

Earlier, on Tuesday night, Whitehall played its season opener at home against North Warren, the 2020 Section II Class D champions, who used a big fourth quarter to pull away for a 46-39 win.

There is no question where this game was decided. The Railroaders held North Warren to 25 points through three quarters, but the Cougars exploded for 21 in the fourth to secure the win.

North Warren led 12-7 after the first, but an 11-7 second quarter advantage brought the Railroaders within 19-18 at the break.

Whitehall outscored the Cougars 9-7 in the third to tie the game 26-26 heading to the final stanza, setting up the game-clinching quarter for North Warren.

Cooper Morehouse led North Warren with 19 points. Sean Evans added 16 for the Cougars.

Burgey paced the Railroaders with 15 points. Bakerian added eight points and Eggleston seven.

North Warren was 1-0, 1-1 after the win. Whitehall fell to 0-1, 0-1.

Whitehall bowlers drop two matches

By Keith Harrington

The Whitehall bowling team took to the lanes for a pair of Adirondack League matches this week and fell to both Corinth and Fort Edward.

On Tuesday against Corinth in a match held virtually with each team bowling at their own home lanes, Whitehall dropped a 4-0 decision. The total score was 2,065-1,210.

For the Tomahawks, Gavyn Randall rolled a 402 series with scores of 126, 159 and 117. Emily Mattison finished with a 391 triple with a high game of 171.

Whitehall’s Dory Gosselin recorded the highest scores of the match, firing a 459 series with games of 156, 171 and 132. Shyla Longtin added a 301 series for the Railroaders and Mel Vandenburgh a 239.

Corinth moved to 9-7 after the match. Whitehall fell to 0-12.

On Thursday Whitehall challenged league power Fort Edward, also in a virtual match. The Flying Forts remained unbeaten with a 4-0 sweep of the Railroaders. The total score was 3,517-1,557.

Dillon Perkins led Fort Edward with games of 221, 234 and 214 for a 669 series. Mark Humphreys was right on Perkins’ heels, shooting a 635 triple with scores of 209, 223 and 203.

Edward Amell finished with a 598 series and Andrew Fish a 582.

Dory Gosselin had another strong match for Whitehall. Gosselin shot a 527 with games of 175, 154 and 198. Tim Lyons bowled games of 131, 113 and 113 for a 357 series.

Fort Edward is now 16-0 in the season. Whitehall is 0-16.