Granville sports round-up, Feb. 17, 2022

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Granville’s Caleb Nelson dribbles the ball while Hartford’s Drake Stewart defends. (Photo by Stacie Arnhold)
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Horde boys trounce Tanagers, 70-46

By Keith Harrington

Granville had easily handled Hartford just a couple of weeks ago, but both teams’ seasons had gone in opposite directions since. Hartford came into Friday night’s Adirondack League crossover game winners of three in a row, including impressive victories over Division II champion Warrensburg and Whitehall. Granville had lost four of its last five.

The Golden Horde didn’t waste any time imposing their will in this one, using their press and transition game to race out to a comfortable first half lead and cruise to a 70-46 win over the Tanagers.

“I told the boys, go out and make a statement early on,” said Granville coach Justin Nassivera. “We’re not here to mess around. Let’s just go play. And we did. We got some turnovers and easy buckets early. The first half is what carried us.”

Granville led 19-6 after a quarter and 40-16 at halftime.

The Tanagers played a much better final 16 minutes, matching the Golden Horde 30-30, but couldn’t overcome the slow start.

“It was an even game (in the second half),” Nassivera said. “Their pressure bothered us a little bit. Not a whole lot of teams press us. We were able to overcome it and just kind of survive.”

Caleb Nelson led Granville with 27 points, scoring in about every way imaginable. Cody Nelson added 12 and Alex Warrington 11.

Connor Farrell pulled down 14 boards. Alex Torres added seven and Caleb Nelson six.

Ray Harrington had 16 points for Hartford.

Granville is 11-7. Hartford is 9-10.

Earlier in the week a slow start doomed the Golden Horde in a makeup contest at Hadley-Luzerne. The Eagles jumped to a big first quarter lead and went on to defeat Granville 60-59 after a furious second-half rally in Adirondack League play.

Hadley-Luzerne led 28-7 after a quarter and 40-24 at the break.

The Golden Horde closed the gap by outscoring the Eagles 23-11 in the third to pull within 51-47. Granville held a 12-9 edge in the fourth but came up just a little bit short.

Josh Ellis led four double-digit scorers for the Eagles with 16 points. Alex Mattison with 14, Matt Harder with 11 and Caeden Wilson with 10 also hit double figures for Hadley-Luzerne.

Caleb Nelson netted a game-high 31 points for Granville. Warrington and Cody Nelson chipped in eight points apiece.

Granville fell to 9-5, 10-7. Hadley-Luzerne is 8-10.

The six Granville girls basketball team seniors were honored before this week’s crossover game against Hadley-Luzerne: (left to right) Hannah Ingleston, Rachel Beaver, Aspen Williams, Nicole Arnhold, Laura Arnhold and Bailey Phillips. (Photo by Stacie Arnhold)

Horde girls lose to Burghers by 12

By Keith Harrington

The Granville girls basketball team has shown steady improvement since Ben Hover took the helm and Friday night made a solid run at one of the league’s top programs before Warrensburg pulled away in the second half to claim a 45-33 victory in an Adirondack League crossover game.

“I feel we played well tonight,” Hover said. “It was a one-point game at halftime, and the girls are playing great defense.”

Granville led 13-12 after a quarter and had the upset brewing. The Burghers used a 6-4 second quarter to lead 18-17 at the half.

Warrensburg stepped up the defensive pressure in the third quarter and used a 14-8 advantage to take control, then finished off the Golden Horde with a 13-8 fourth quarter.

“Warrensburg stepped up their full court pressure and we had a few key turnovers that hurt us,” Hover said. “We had to play catch-up at that point, but the girls stayed poised and kept fighting.”

Olivia Frasier poured in 18 points for Warrensburg. Kailey Bacon added seven and Hope Sherman six.

Aspen Williams paced Granville with 10 points. Jordan Chadwick netted eight points for the Golden Horde.

Warrensburg is now 14-6. Granville is 5-14.

Earlier in the week Granville hosted Hadley-Luzerne on Senior Night and the Eagles pulled away in the second half for a 39-21 win.

Golden Horde seniors Laura Arnhold, Nicole Arnhold, Bailey Phillips, Aspen Williams, Rachel Beaver and Hannah Ingleston were honored before the game.

The game was close in the first half as the teams were tied 5-5 after the opening stanza. The Eagles used a 12-9 second quarter to lead 17-14 at the break.

Hadley-Luzerne pulled away with a 22-7 second half.

Madison Lent recorded a triple-double with 12 points, 12 rebounds and 10 steals. Jordanna Kenny added 12 points for the Eagles.

Bailey Phillips led Granville with eight points.

Granville falls to 4-9, 5-13.

Perry, 4 others excel in state qualifiers

By Keith Harrington

After a one-year hiatus the Section II State Wrestling Tournament qualifier tournament returned to the Cool Insuring Arena in Glens Falls last week and three Granville and two Whitehall wrestlers placed in the top four in the event.

Two local wrestlers reached the finals with one punching his ticket to the state tournament. Three others made it to the semifinals, with one placing third and two finishing fourth.

Granville-Fort Ann’s Brent Perry wears the crown in the 189-pound weight class. Perry edged Whitehall’s Troy Austin 1-0 in the championship match to earn a spot in the state tournament for the first time.

“It’s such an accomplished feeling,” Perry said, “to finally reach the goal that I strived toward for so long.”

Perry was quick to credit his coaching staff.

“Nothing made me feel better than going to back to my corner after the match and seeing how ecstatic the whole coaching staff was to see me accomplish my goal,” Perry added. “I owe it all to them. I never would have made it half as far without them.”

Going against Austin made it even more special for Perry.

“I’ve always been good friends with Troy, we came up through youth wrestling together,” Perry said. “I’ve been looking forward to this ever since I heard he was bumping up from 172.”

Perry reached the championship bout by pinning Erik Chapman of Ravena in 3:09.

Austin qualified for the title match with a pin of Taconic Hills in the semifinals in 1:18.

Jaxon Torres of Granville-Fort Ann made it to the semifinals before falling to Liam English of Berne-Knox by fall in 1:17. Torres came back to defeat Cameron Carpenter of Warrensburg by a 9-7 decision to claim third place.

Granville-Fort Ann’s Thomas McMahon reached the semifinals and ended the day with a fourth-place finish.

At 152, Sawyer Ostrander of Whitehall reached the semifinals and finished fourth.

The state championship meet will be held Feb. 25-26 at MVP Arena in Albany.