Granville girls close out bumpy season
By Keith Harrington
The Granville girls basketball team has been through some ups and downs this season, including a coaching change in the middle of the campaign and having to learn a new system. One of their biggest accomplishments was a win over Argyle a couple of weeks ago. The Scots avenged that defeat last Monday, downing Granville 68-48 in an Adirondack League crossover game.
The game was the final contest of the season for Ben Hover’s team as they did not enter into sectional play.
Despite the season-ending loss, the Golden Horde has shown marked improvement since Hover became the coach.
“I use the term ‘started’ because I never wanted to ‘take over’ the team,” Hover said. “There was just an unfortunate circumstance that gave me an opportunity to coach these talented girls.”
Argyle’s Kylee Humiston can be one of the toughest scorers to defend in the league, and she was at the top of her game in this one. Humiston poured in 33 points and that performance was too much for the Golden Horde to overcome.
“The game was fast-paced,” Hover said. “Argyle again pressured our guards, and we knew that was coming. We got down by six to 10 points early and kept trying to dig our way back. We managed to get the game to eight points with 1:20 left and had several misfortune turnovers in the backcourt that turned the score lopsided.”
Argyle led 16-9 after the first quarter and 37-17 at the half.
A 23-13 fourth quarter put the game away for the Scots.
Defense has been a strength under Hover, but the Scots took advantage of Granville miscues to pile up the points.
“I feel down the stretch we played very good defensively and we’re able to hold teams that normally score 50-plus points to under their average,” Hover said.
Lillianna Kingsley also had a solid game for Argyle with 24 points.
Lilly Strout led Granville with 14. Melissa Beaver added 10.
Strout finished with a double-double as she hauled in 22 rebounds. Aspen Williams added 16 boards.
Despite graduating a large group of seniors, Granville will have enough returning talent to potentially improve next year. Strout, Beaver and Reagan Swain were underclassmen who ended the season in the starting lineup. Lauren Bascom became a solid contributor to the offense off the bench as the season went on.
“We needed to focus every day in practice and game day walkthroughs because I was teaching them a lot of new stuff in a little amount of time. I tried to prepare them for each team we played with scouting reports and creating our own game plan. Then I expected the girls to execute our game plan.”
Argyle heads into the sectionals with a 9-11 mark. Granville’s season comes to an end at 5-15.
Horde girls third, boys fourth in track, field
By Keith Harrington
The Granville indoor track and field team had a very successful meet at the Independent League Championships held at Union College. The Golden Horde girls team brought home a third-place finish, with the boys squad placing fourth.
The Granville girls tallied 44 points to finish behind champion Fonda-Fultonville and second place Cairo-Durham.
Senior Nicole Arnhold had the strongest performance for Granville. Arnhold was crowned the champion in the triple jump with a leap in the finals of 29-11.75. Arnhold was also fourth in the long jump with a jump of 13-02.50 in the final. Her top jump was a 13-09.00.
Nicole’s twin sister Laura Arnhold was right behind her in the long jump with a finals score of 12-07.00 for a fifth-place finish. Laura’s best jump in the event was a 13-00.74.
Laura Arnhold placed second in the 600-meter run. Arnhold finished with a time of 2:04.05 in the final, behind winner Katelyn Burtt of Berne-Knox Westerlo, who ran a 2:02-18.
In the 300-meter dash Granville placed two runners in the top five. Natalie Morin was third with a time of 51:12 in the final. Madeleine Johnson placed fourth with a 51:17.
The Granville 4×200 relay team placed second.
Natalie Morin placed ninth in the shot put with a throw of 22-00.00 in the final. Morin’s best throw was a 23-02.00.
The Granville boys collected 32 points to finish behind Fonda-Fultonville, Maple Hill and Watervliet.
Timothy Pratt had a solid meet with top five finishes in multiple events to lead the Golden Horde. Pratt placed second in the high jump with a jump of 5-02.00 in the final. His best jump was a 5-03.00. Pratt finished third in the 50-meter dash with a time of 8.67. He was also third in the long jump with a 16-08.50.
Tristen Teer was seventh for Granville in the 300-meter dash with a time of 45.46.
Carter Powell placed eighth in the 600-meter run with a time of 1:53.99. Teer was tenth with a 2:02.56.
Carter was sixth in the 1,000 meters with a time of 3:42.69.