Hartford sports round-up, Dec. 23, 2021

Karlee Nims and coach Jason Johnson celebrate Nims becoming the ninth 1,000-point career scorer in the history of Tanager athletics. (Photo by Keith Harrington)

Nims hits 1,000 points for Hartford

By Keith Harrington

Last Wednesday night, Hartford’s Ella Colvin Gym sported a banner with the names of eight 1,000-point scorers, four boys and four girls. The pendulum has now swung in favor of the girls, thanks to Karlee Nims.

The senior forward scored 16 points leading the Tanagers to a 72-16 win over Fort Ann, becoming the ninth Hartford player in school history to become a 1,000-point career scorer.

“I shifted the curve,” an ecstatic Nims said after the game. “It’s five and four now. I’ve watched Gavon Darfler get it, and Tad Jones and all of them, it’s just crazy to think that I’m one of them.”

Nims ended the evening’s drama quickly, scoring the first four Hartford points in the paint. Then after a Gabbie McFarren 3-pointer, Nims showed off her soft shooting touch with a pair of jumpers in the lane as the Tanagers jumped out to an 11-0 lead.

Hartford led 24-0 after a quarter with Nims achieving her goal with a free throw in the closing seconds. The game was stopped to present her with a game ball painted to commemorate the occasion.

“We were just glad we could do it at home, in front of our home fans,” said Hartford coach Jason Johnson. “She would have gotten it last year, but unfortunately with Covid she couldn’t do it, but we were able to get it (this year) right away.”

“It’s surreal. It’s crazy. I’ve wanted it since I was a little kid,” Nims said. “It crazy that I’m a senior in high school and just got my 1,000 points.”

The Tanagers used a 25-4 advantage in the second quarter to lead 49-4 at the half and cruised home from there.

With the huge early advantage Nims spent most of the evening getting her teammates involved. The Tanagers were hitting on all cylinders as they scored from beyond the arc, in the paint and in transition. Nims was especially proficient in connecting with Alawnah Dunda on a high-low play.

“This team, we all go together very well. We’ve played with each other before, so we are all very aware with each other and very comfortable knowing how each other plays.”

Nims finished with a triple-double as she pulled down 10 rebounds and dished out 10 assists.

McFarren led the Tanagers with 20 points, including five 3-pointers.

The advantage that Nims gave the girls over the boys may be increasing soon. McFarren is closing in on being the next 1,000-point scorer at Hartford with currently more than 800.

Dunda added 12 points and Izzy French eight.

The Cardinals got six points from Angel Aratare.

Hartford raised its mark to 2-0, 5-0. Fort Ann fell to 0-2, 0-4.

On Friday night, Hartford remained unbeaten, taking care of Hadley-Luzerne, 58-26, on the road.

The second quarter proved to be the difference. Hartford led 13-7 after a quarter but turned up the wick on defense over the next eight minutes, shutting out the Eagles 20-0 to lead 33-7 at the half.

The Eagles played better in the second half, only being outscored 25-19, but the second quarter onslaught by the Tanagers was too much to overcome.

 Nims paced Hartford with 18 points and McFarren matched that number. Eighth-grader McKenzie Johnson added 11, including nine points from behind the arc.

Gabby Mosher had 10 points for Hadley-Luzerne. Sarah Abbott collected nine rebounds.

Hartford is now 3-0, 6-0. Hadley-Luzerne is 1-2, 1-3.

Hartford boys split a pair on court

By Keith Harrington

The Hartford boys basketball team continued its rollercoaster ride through the early part of the season, splitting a pair of Adirondack League games last week, defeating Fort Ann and falling to Hadley-Luzerne, both on the road.

Against Fort Ann on Tuesday night Hartford fashioned a double-digit lead at the half and pulled away over the final 16 minutes to roll, 60-34.

The Tanagers led 23-11 at halftime and really opened up in the second half. The third quarter proved to be decisive as Hartford outscored the Cardinals 22-4.

Cody Baker paced Hartford with 19 points. Ray Harrington added 18. Austin Wells chipped in 10.

Fort Ann got a double-double from Jack Dornan with 16 points and 13 rebounds.

Hartford was 2-1, 4-2. Fort Ann was 1-2, 2-3.

On Friday night, Hartford traveled to Hadley-Luzerne in search of their second straight win but the Eagles blew open a close game in the second half for a 67-47 win.

The Tanagers led 13-12 after a quarter and were within 30-28 at the break. Things went south for Hartford after that.

The Eagles outscored Hartford 19-12 coming out of the locker room to extend their narrow lead to 49-40. Hadley-Luzerne then exploded for a 19-7 fourth quarter to put the game out of reach.

Josh Ellis led the way for the Eagles with 17 points. Josh Foley added 15 and Caden Wilson nine.

Harrington scored 14 points for Hartford. Nate Fiske chipped in nine.

Drake Stewart collected six rebounds. Harrington dished out five assists.

Hartford is now 2-2, 4-3. Hadley-Luzerne is 2-1, 2-2.