Hartford sports round-up, Dec. 30, 2021

Hartford hands Whitehall girls first loss

By Keith Harrington

It was a battle of contrasting styles.

The Hartford girls basketball team has an explosive offense led by post player Karlee Nims who recently eclipsed the 1,000-point mark and point guard Gabrielle McFarren who is closing in on the milestone herself.

Whitehall hangs its hat on a stingy defense and balanced scoring with different players contributing nightly.

Both teams entered last Tuesday night’s showdown unbeaten in Adirondack League play. Something had to give.

The Tanagers pulled away to a double-digit halftime lead, and then held off a Railroaders’ comeback attempt to take a 55-46 victory and send Whitehall to its first loss of the season.

Hartford led 13-12 after a quarter and took control with a 19-8 second quarter to lead 32-20 at the break.

Whitehall applied some pressure, using an 18-9 third quarter to pull within 41-38, before Hartford closed the game on a 14-8 spurt to hold on for the victory.

McFarren scored 19 points and Nims added 16 to pace the Tanagers.

Blake Bird had 11 points for Whitehall. Bri Eddy and Madison Gould added nine points each.

Hartford will try to keep its mark perfect with an appearance in the Glens Falls Holiday Tournament on Dec. 28 and 29.

Whitehall will return to action on Dec. 27 at home against Crown Point and travel to Poultney, Vermont on Dec. 30.

Hartford is 5-0, 7-0. Whitehall is 3-1, 4-1.