Granville sports round-up, Dec. 23, 2021

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Caleb Nelson (23) tries to outrace Salem’s Josh Harrington (20) to a loose ball while Logan Harrington (1) hustles in to help. (Photo by Stacie Arnhold)

Defense leads Horde over Salem

By Keith Harrington

Basketball coaches often use the adage, “Offense is hot and cold, but defense can be there every night.” In recent years the Granville boys team has been a perfect example of that mantra.

The Golden Horde’s shots were certainly not dropping the way Justin Nassivera’s club is accustomed to last Thursday, but their patented pressure defense carried them to a 62-36 win over Salem in Adirondack League play in Granville.

“Defensively we did exactly what we want,” Nassivera said. “We just struggled to shoot the ball tonight. It was a tough night.”

Granville led 6-0 to begin the game and it looked like they might take care of business in a hurry. Then Josh Harrington entered the contest for Salem. The sophomore banged a 3-pointer and scored another basket to pull the Generals within 8-5. The Golden Horde led 10-5 after a quarter.

Granville put some distance over Salem in the second but still struggled to score. Harrington tried to keep the Generals within striking distance. At one point Salem had 12 points and Harrington had 10 and was the only Salem player that had scored from the field. The Golden Horde led 24-12 at the break.

In the third stanza, Granville’s press began to pay dividends, forcing Salem turnovers to create easy transition baskets. A 17-10 stanza made it 41-22 heading to the fourth.

“They hung their heads a little bit on offense, but in the second half they cranked up the defense and finally got some layups to fall,” Nassivera said.

Granville put the game out of reach with a 21-14 fourth quarter.

Caleb Nelson led the Golden Horde with 20 points. Alex Warrington added 10.

Connor Farrell was strong on the boards with 12 rebounds.

Harrington paced Salem with 14. Connor Chilson and Altwan Webster chipped in 11 each.

Granville is 2-1, 2-1. Salem is 2-2, 4-4.

Earlier in the week Granville traveled to Argyle to battle the Scots and led at halftime, but Argyle turned the tables in the third quarter to come away with a 52-48 Adirondack League win.

Granville led 15-11 after a quarter and held a 29-20 advantage at the half.

Argyle responded with a 15-5 third quarter to take a one-point lead and outscored the Golden Horde by three in the fourth to secure the victory.

“In the third quarter we came out and just couldn’t put the ball in the basket,” Nassivera said. “We ran some sets that we drew up at halftime, got some wide-open threes, a couple of nice looks inside. We just couldn’t put the ball in the hoop.”

Derek Liddle led Argyle with 21 points. Dru Austin added 12. Justin McWhorter had eight points and 18 rebounds.

Caleb Nelson had 17 points for Granville. Cody Nelson chipped in 15 and Warrington nine.

Argyle was 2-0, 2-0 after the win. Granville dropped to 1-1, 1-1.

Granville’s Melissa Beaver handles the ball against a Salem defender as Nicole Arnhold looks on. (Photo by Stacie Arnhold)

Horde girls beat Salem, 62-53

By Keith Harrington

After the Granville girls basketball team lost to a strong Hoosick Falls team in their season opener, there were plenty of signs that the Golden Horde would score the ball well against league foes. That prediction came to fruition Friday night as the Golden Horde placed four players in double-figures in going on the road to top Salem, 62-53, in an Adirondack League matchup for their first win of the year.

“After coming off of the loss on Tuesday to Argyle, I knew we needed to work more on shooting,” said Golden Horde coach Katie Fredette. “Missing 14 foul shots on Tuesday hurt us not coming away with a win.”

Granville led 18-11 after a quarter and fashioned a 32-28 advantage by the half.

An 18-11 third quarter pushed the lead to 50-39 heading to the fourth. The Generals outscored the Golden Horde 14-12 in the final stanza but couldn’t make up the deficit.

“I think having a conversation with the girls, that they need to play as a team and having confidence in each other will win basketball games,” Fredette said. “I have told them from the get-go that each one of them is a puzzle piece and we just need to finish putting the puzzle together. Last night I could finally see the puzzle coming together.”

Lauren Bascom and Aspen Williams led Granville with 11 points each. Jordan Chadwick and Melissa Beaver added 10 points apiece. Lilly Strout contributed nine points.

Amber Terry had 20 points for Salem. Mary Kate McPhee chipped in 12 for the Generals.

“They played as a team, communicating on and off the court,” Fredette said. “I could see it in their eyes that they were finally ready to play their game and come away with a win. I am so proud of this team and I know they have it in them. I can’t wait for the rest of the year.”

Granville is 1-1, 1-2. Salem is 1-2, 2-2.

Earlier in the week, Granville put up a strong fight against Argyle but the Scots came away with a 61-49 victory in Granville.

Kylee Humiston was the difference in this contest as she fired in 26 points. Granville led 13-10 after the first quarter and 24-22 at the break.

A 20-11 third quarter by the Scots shifted the momentum and they went on to pull away from there. Humiston hit back-to-back treys to spark the Argyle second-half run.

Lillianna Kingsley added 17 points for Argyle. Hannah Brady contributed 12 points.

Lilly Strout and Aspen Williams both had double-doubles for the Golden Horde. Strout had 15 points and 15 rebounds. Williams had 11 points and 16 boards. Melissa Beaver handed out five assists.

Argyle raised its record to 1-2, 2-2. Granville fell to 0-1, 0-2.

Horde bowlers not striking victory

By Keith Harrington

After falling to Whitehall, the Granville bowling team tried its luck against North Warren and Fort Edward, and the Cougars and Flying Forts both handled the Golden Horde.

Against Fort Edward on Thursday Granville dropped a 4-0 decision at Broadway Lanes. The Flying Forts posted a score of 3,194 to Granville’s 1,771.

The Flying Forts have been untouchable so far this season and showed why in this match. Dillon Perkins shot games of 234, 192 and 211 for a 637 series.

Andrew Fish added a 609 series with games of 209, 166 and 233. Mark Humphreys added a 558 series with a high game of 188.

Melanie Bourn rolled games of 112, 84 and 152 for a 348 triple for the Golden Horde.

Fort Edward raised its mark to 20-0. Granville fell to 1-27.

Against North Warren Granville was swept 4-0. The Cougars finished with a score of 2,488 to Granville’s 2,078.

For the Cougars, Alexis Hitchcock bowled game of 167, 168 and 143 for a series of 478. Adam Matte contributed a triple of 448 with games of 122, 158 and 168.

Bourn rolled games of 144, 137 and 135 for a 416 series for the Golden Horde. Ketcham added a 383 with a high game of 162.

North Warren improved 19-9. Granville was 1-23.

Granville wrestling tourney draws 14 schools

By Keith Harrington

The snowstorm did not deter wrestlers from 14 high schools across New York and Vermont from making the trek to Granville on Saturday for the annual Ken Harrison Memorial Tournament, named in honor of a former popular coach and teacher at Granville.

The host Granville-Fort Ann wrestlers had a strong performance as they placed second as a team. Granville-Fort Ann also had one champion crowned, two finalists, and placed seven competitors in the fourth finishers in their weight class.

Granville-Fort Ann finished second overall with 111 points, just two points behind Oneonta’s first-place score of 113. Fair Haven was third with 107, Springfield fourth with 104 and Mechanicville-Stillwater fifth with 95.

Quinn Johnson claimed a title for Granville-Fort Ann at 126. Johnson won by fall over Trey Lee of Fair Haven at the 5:33 mark.

At 138 Zachariah Wilson finished second. Wilson won by fall over Arman Kazaryan of Springfield by fall in 26 seconds and fell to Tristan Hyatt of Fair Haven by fall in the first-place match.

Brent Perry finished second at 189. Perry won by major decision over Tyler Terrien of Fair Haven 8-0 in the semifinal match. He fell to Mateo Goodhue of Oneonta in the final.

Other Granville wrestlers who placed in the top four include Thomas McMahon who was third at 132, Jaxon Torres who fourth at 118, Nick Crum who was fourth at 132, Austyn Reed who was fourth at 145.

Other local wrestlers who won their weight classes include Lincoln Wilcox of Fair Haven at 118, Tristan Hyatt of Fair Haven at 138, and Colton DeLong of Fair Haven at 215.

Earlier in the week Granville-Fort Ann hosted Berlin-New Lebanon in a non-league match. Granville-Fort Ann came away with a 42-18 win.

At 132, Crum pinned Addison Powell in just 16 seconds for Granville-Fort Ann.

Perry pinned Angelo Capozzi in 30 seconds at 189.

In the 215-pound division match Granville-Fort Ann’s Dylan Procella pinned Nicholas Mosher in 14 seconds.

Torres (118), Johnson (126), Gabriel St. Martin (152), and Scott Whittman (160), picked up forfeit wins for Granville-Fort Ann.