Granville sports round-up, Dec. 30, 2021

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Granville’s Cody Nelson dribbles against a Lake George defender as Caleb Nelson looks on. (Photo by Stacie Arnhold)

Rathbun stars in Lake George defeat

By Keith Harrington

Sometimes to win a big game it takes an unsung hero as opposed to one of the usual suspects, and last Tuesday night Granville’s Nathan Rathbun stepped up to be that guy. Rathbun hit a 3-pointer to give the Golden Horde the lead and then drew a key charge call late in the game as Granville held on to edge Lake George 55-54 in Adirondack League play.

It was the first league loss of the season for the Warriors.

Rathbun typically plays only 10 or 12 minutes a night off the bench, but a stretch of just a few seconds he played in the fourth quarter proved pivotal.

“Nate Rathbun had the play of the game,” said coach Justin Nassivera. “Someone finally stepped up and drew a charge for me. Then he hit the big three.

“Nate doesn’t get enough credit, but that kid works his tail off. For him to go in there. Get the charge. Hit the shot. It couldn’t happen to a better kid.”

Granville had the momentum early, racing out to a 9-0 lead. Lake George settled down and chipped away, finally taking the lead at 20-19.

The Golden Horde led 17-14 after a quarter and 26-23 at the half. Lake George pulled even at 41-41 heading to the fourth.

Granville led 55-54 with 16 seconds to go. After a timeout Lake George’s leading scorer Cameron Orr got open for a great look behind the arc, but it was off the mark. Julius Moffit’s desperation shot glanced off the rim and the Golden Horde held on for the win.

“That was a battle,” Nassivera said. “I told the guys if we make this game as ugly as possible It’s going to end up in our favor.”

Caleb Nelson led Granville with 21 points. Alex Warrington had a double-double with 10 points and 10 rebounds.  

Connor Farrell had 11 rebounds for the Golden Horde. Rathbun added five.

Nassivera lauded the effort of the Nelson brothers defensively on Orr and Moffit, Lake George’s two leading scorers.

“I thought Caleb Nelson and Cody Nelson between Orr and Moffit did a heck of a job,” Nassivera said. “He (Orr) still got his because he is a heck of a player, but if anybody was going to beat us, we weren’t going to let it be him.”

Orr still managed to have a strong game for Lake George with 34 points and six boards despite the Golden Horde’s best efforts.  Moffit added 10.

Daniel Barber had nine rebounds for the Warriors.

The Golden Horde is off for a week before hosting the annual American Legion Holiday Tournament. Nassivera is thrilled to be heading into the break on a high note.

“Christmas dinner is going to taste real good, I promise you that,” Nassivera quipped.

Granville is 3-1, 3-1. Lake George is 3-1, 4-2.

Granville’s Lauren Bascom defends Evelyn Burke of Lake George. (Photo by Kim Bascom)

Horde girls top Lake George, 41-19

By Keith Harrington

A lot of times over the last few years the Granville girls’ basketball team has won back-to-back games and last Tuesday the Golden Horde rolled into the holiday break with their second straight win, overcoming a slow start to defeat Lake George 41-19 in an Adirondack League contest at the Granville gym.

The Warriors were searching for their first win of the season, and the Golden Horde came out cold. Granville girls have struggled to find consistent scoring over the years, but this year’s edition has shown improvement in putting the ball in the hoop.

The game was tied 2-2 more than halfway through the quarter when Aspen Williams hit consecutive jumpers in the paint to put the Golden Horde up 6-2. Lauren Bascom then came on the floor for the first time and the move paid dividends right away as she drove baseline for a runner to make it 8-2 Granville. The Golden Horde led 8-4 after a quarter.

Granville began to hit its stride in the second quarter. Sophomores Bascom and Melissa Beaver provided the impetus as the Golden Horde outscored the Warriors 19-6 in the stanza and were never challenged from there.

Bascom and Beaver forced a Lake George turnover to begin the quarter, then Bascom drilled a deep 3-pointer to make it 11-4. Consecutive steals and buckets from Beaver extended the lead to 15-6. Bascom then nailed another trey and the Golden Horde extended the lead to 27-10 at the half.

Granville went a little cold again in the third, outscoring the Warriors 6-5 to lead 33-15 heading to the fourth. Beaver opened the final period with a deep 3-pointer and Nicole Arnhold followed by banking in a jumper from the left wing to make it 38-15. The offense dried up again from that point on but the Golden Horde had more than enough to cruise on home.

Beaver was a spark plug for Granville all night. She finished with 12 points and 13 steals. Bascom added 10 points for the Golden Horde.

Mikah Collier-Fisher led Lake George with nine points.

The Golden Horde will now look to continue their winning streak on Dec. 28 and 29 at the Glens Falls Holiday Tournament

Granville is 2-1, 2-2. Lake George is 0-4, 0-5.