Hartford sports round-up, Jan. 20, 2022

Harrington scores 33 in Hartford win

By Keith Harrington

After taking it on the chin against a powerful North Warren team a couple of nights earlier, Hartford bounced back with a 67-50 road win over Corinth in Adirondack League basketball action.

Ray Harrington had another solid performance to help put the Tanagers back in the win column. Harrington connected on six 3-pointers on his way to a game-high 33 points.

The Tanagers raced out to a 21-8 first quarter lead and led 38-21 at the half.

Hartford and the Tomahawks played to an even 29-29 second half but the damage had already been done.

JP Lavin added nine points for Hartford.

Eighth-grader Kaiden Wright had 15 points for Corinth.

Hartford is now 4-4, 6-5. Corinth is 0-6, 0-7.

On Tuesday, Hartford became the latest team to be overwhelmed by a red-hot North Warren squad, falling to the Cougars 74-41 in Chestertown. The Tanagers stayed close early but succumbed to an outstanding North Warren effort over the final three quarters.

North Warren led just 8-7 after a quarter but coach James Cuyler’s team got things rolling in the second, outscoring the Tanagers 21-12 to take a 29-19 lead at the break.

“North Warren is a well-coached team full of talented athletes,” said Hartford coach Jason Harrington. “They played fantastic ball this evening.”

North Warren pulled away in the second half, using a 45-22 advantage over the final 16 minutes to blow the game open.

Zach Hooper paced North Warren with 20 points. Sean Evans netted 19 and Derrick Tyrell added 14.

“We got out to a slow start this season but we’re picking it up now,” said Cuyler. “The toughness these guys show is enjoyable to watch as a coach. To know every time you go on the floor they’re going to play hard makes my job easy.”

Ray Harrington led Hartford with 10 points. Logan Reynolds added nine for the Tanagers.

North Warren raised its mark to 6-1, 6-5. Hartford fell to 3-4, 5-5.

Corinth tops Hartford in unbeatens’ game

By Keith Harrington

The Hartford and Corinth girls basketball teams have been on a collision course all season as both teams have rolled over Adirondack League opponents on their way to perfect records.

Friday night at the Ella Colvin gym in Hartford something had to give.

The Tomahawks used a huge third quarter run to overcome a halftime deficit and pull away from Hartford for a 70-58 win in a showdown of league unbeatens.

“We finally started getting back to the way we play. Aggressive defense, rebound, look for the outlet, get down the floor, find the open girl and get good shots or layups,” said Corinth coach Kelly Hoertkorn.

The game was as tightly contested as advertised right from the start. The teams exchanged the lead back and forth for the first 16 minutes. Corinth led 18-17 after the first quarter. The Tanagers used a 19-16 second quarter to lead 36-34 at the half.

The Tomahawks imposed their will in the third. Hartford opened the stanza on a 9-4 spurt to extend its lead to 45-38 on a 3-pointer by Gabbie McFarren. It was all Corinth after that. The Tomahawks ripped off a 20-2 run to close the quarter with a 58-47 lead.

“We started off strong, everybody was looking for each other, the ball was moving well, getting up the floor, connecting for easy shots,” said Hartford coach Jason Johnsond. “Then it went the opposite way. We got into foul trouble, they got frustrated, and they’re kids. Girls started dropping their heads and unfortunately it changed the whole momentum of the game.”

In the fourth Corinth increased its lead to as much as 17.

Foul trouble hurt the Tanagers as both McFarren and Nims were saddled with issues late.

Maddie Delisle led Corinth with 34 points, 11 of them coming during the decisive run. Sophomore Emily Dingmon was a major contributor for the Tomahawks with a triple-double: 14 points, 16 rebounds and 13 assists.

Nims led Hartford with 16 points. Alawnah Dunda added 14 and McFarren 10.

“I told the kids, it’s one game, we move on from here,” Johnson said. “We could very well see each other again.”

Corinth improves to 9-0, 11-0. Hartford falls to 7-1, 11-2.

Two days earlier, Hartford earned a win to set up the showdown with Corinth, but it had to stave off a pesky North Warren team to do it. The Cougars put up a fight but the Tanagers came away with a 55-50 Adirondack League win.

Hartford led by just a point after a quarter, 14-13. The Cougars led 28-26 at the half.

The Tanagers kicked it into gear in the third, outscoring North Warren 17-7 in the stanza to lead 43-35. North Warren held a 15-12 advantage in the fourth but came up just a little short.

Nims led Hartford with 22 points. Dunda added 14.

Nicole Buckman had 20 for the Cougars.

Hartford was 7-0, 11-1 after the win. North Warren slipped to 3-3, 5-5.