Granville sports round-up, Jan. 20, 2022

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Kerri Jennings of Granville launches up a shot against North Warren as Melissa Beaver (11) looks on. (Photo by Stacie Arnhold)

Granville girls top Fort Ann, 30-27

By Keith Harrington

The Granville girls basketball team played a pair of regularly scheduled games and moved a game scheduled for Monday back to Saturday to beat the anticipated snow storm. The Golden Horde went 1-2 during the three-game stretch.

On Wednesday Granville picked up its first win with new coach Ben Hover, edging Fort Ann on the Cardinals’ court, 30-27, in an Adirondack League contest. Hover, a former assistant coach on the Granville boys team under Grant Sharrow, took over after Katie Fredette left the program last week.

Fort Ann came in looking for its first win of the season and for a moment it looked like it just may get it. Angel Aratare scored 21 out of the Cardinals’ 27 points to keep her team competitive.

Granville led 7-6 after a quarter and used a 5-2 second quarter to take a 12-8 advantage to halftime.

Aratare and the Cardinals got things rolling in the third and outscored the Golden Horde 11-5 to grab a 19-17 lead heading to the fourth but Granville used a 13-8 spurt to rally for the win.

Bailey Phillips led Granville with 12 points. Melissa and Rachel Beaver added five points each.

Granville is 3-3, 3-6. Fort Ann is 0-6, 0-10.

On Friday night Granville braved the cold to make the long trek to Chestertown to challenge North Warren in another Adirondack League matchup. The Cougars stifled the Golden Horde offense and came away with a 38-21 win.

Granville’s shooting was as frigid as the temperature outside as the team could not get into a flow against the North Warren defense. Megan Bruno of the Cougars finished with as many points as the Golden Horde did, closing the evening with 21.

Granville was competitive all night but the Cougars gradually pulled away. North Warren led 9-6 after a quarter and 18-10 at the half. The Cougars used a 9-3 third quarter and 11-8 fourth to salt the game away.

Kiki LaGuerre added five points for North Warren.

Rachel Beaver had seven points for Granville. Phillips chipped in six.

North Warren improved to 4-3, 6-5. Granville fell to 3-4, 3-7.

On Saturday Granville stayed close early but Warrensburg pulled away with a big third quarter for a 41-24 win in an Adirondack League contest.

The Burghers jump out to a 10-3 lead in the first quarter but a solid second quarter by the Golden Horde narrowed the gap to 14-11 at halftime.

Warrensburg took control in the third with an 18-5 run and the advantage proved insurmountable for Granville.

Kara Bacon had a career-high 13 points to go along with seven steals for Warrensburg. Hope Sherman added a double-double with 12 points and 10 rebounds.

Phillips played another strong game for Granville with 13 points.

Warrensburg is 5-2, 6-4. Granville is 3-4, 3-8.

Granville’s Laura Arnhold crosses the finish line at a meet at Union College on Saturday. (Photo by Stacie Arnhold)

Horde girls do well at track meet

By Keith Harrington

Both the Granville girls and boys indoor track and field teams competed on Saturday in a meet at Union College in Schenectady.

The girls’ opponents included Colonie, Fonda-Fultonville, Troy, Schenectady, Hoosic Valley, Columbia, Albany, Gloversville and Mechanicville.

Despite finishing 10th with nine points as a team, the Golden Horde girls had some notable individual performances.

Natalie Morin had the best finish of the day for Granville, placing first in the shot put with average throws of 23.02.

Nicole Arnhold placed second in the triple jump with an average of 28-03.25.

Alyssa Welner finished fourth in her section of the 45-meter dash with a time of 7.2 seconds. Morin was fourth in her 300-meter heat with a time of 54.1. Granville’s Madalein Johnson was fourth in her heat in the 300 meters with a time of 56 seconds even. Laura Arnhold was second in her section of the same event with a 53.4.

In the 600-meter run, Arnhold placed second in her heat with a time of 2:11.6.

Ashley Pratt finished fourth in her section of the 50-meter hurdles with an 11.2.

The Granville 4×200 relay team finished second behind two teams from Fonda-Fultonville.

Both Nicole and Laura Arnhold performed well in the long jump. Nicole finished sixth and Laura second in Flight 2 of the event. Johnson placed 10th.

The Granville boys also competed in the meet, placing 11th against teams from Albany, CBA, Fonda-Fultonville, Schenectady, Mechanicville, Colonie, Columbia, Mount Anthony, Hoosic Valley, Watervliet and Troy.

Quin Fitzpatrick placed second in his section of the 45-meter dash with a time of 6.6 seconds. Tristen Teer and Carter Powell both won their heats in the 300 meters. Teer recorded a time of 47.1. Powell ran a 50.5.

Teer and Powell placed third and fourth in their 600-meter heat. Teer ran a 1:56.6 and Powell a 2:05.8. Teer also finished 10th in the 1,000 meters with a time of 3:42.2.

Timothy Pratt finished fourth in 50-meter hurdles heat with a time of 8.9 seconds. Pratt was also fourth in his flight of the high jump with an average of five feet even. He placed fifth in his flight of the long jump with an average of 16-05.25.

North Warren tops Granville, 62-53

By Keith Harrington

The Granville and North Warren boys basketball teams have built a rivalry the last few years. Two years ago, the Golden Horde blew out the Cougars during the regular season, but North Warren avenged the defeat with a convincing win in the Adirondack League championship game. Every time the teams meet it seems to be billed as a battle of a couple of the league’s top programs.

Friday night was no exception. North Warren came to the Granville gym with only six healthy players and missing a couple of key cogs in their rotation. The Cougars were not deterred as they opened a 16-point lead and fought off a late Granville comeback bid in a 62-53 victory.

Being shorthanded would seem to make it a tall order for coach James Cuyler’s team against a Golden Horde team that is deep, talented and uses its press to wear teams into submission. It was the Cougars, however, who used their aggressiveness and speed to create turnovers and convert them into transition baskets in this contest.

Sean Evans was a thorn in the side of the Golden Horde all night as he used his length and ran the floor for easy buckets and shot well from behind the arc in a 27-point performance.

“I’ve been telling him, he’s one of the better scorers in the league,” Cuyler said. “He did great on JV two years ago, came in last year and hit some big shots. We always knew Sean would be one of our go-to scorers.”

Both teams struggled to score early with the game tied 2-2 for a long stretch. North Warren led 11-6 after a quarter and 25-19 at the half.

“During the timeout when it was 2-2, I told the guys it feels like we should be up 20-2,” said Granville coach Justin Nassivera. “We didn’t shoot well. We missed a lot of easy bunnies.”

The Cougars opened the third with a 7-1 spurt to build a double-digit lead at 32-20. Granville used a 12-2 run to close to within 34-32, but North Warren reeled off nine straight to regain control.

North Warren led by as much as 16 late in the game before Granville attempted to rally. A pair of treys by Logan Harrington and Caleb Nelson pulled the Golden Horde within eight but they couldn’t get any closer.

Andrew Beadnell added 14 points for North Warren. Zach Hopper chipped in 12.

Caleb Nelson had 16 for Granville. Cody Nelson added 15.

“They’re a good team. They will make a deep run in Class D,” Nassivera said about North Warren. “They only had six guys, but they played hard. We played hard too.”

Meanwhile, after a slow start to the season, a lopsided loss to Lake George and some non-league losses, Cuyler feels he’s steadying their learning curve.

“I think right now we’re a different team than we were early in the season,” Cuyler said. “We’re really working hard. We’re really putting it together how I envisioned it.”

North Warren is now 7-1, 7-5. Granville is 5-2, 6-3.