Border Country Sports Report-December 21st

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Good Morning! With the Border Country Sports Report, I’m Keith Harrington. 

Railroaders Pull Away for Win Over Tanagers

If there was a Section II record for missed layups the Whitehall and Hartford girls basketball teams would have broken it Tuesday evening. It was as if someone had taken a ladder,climbed up,and placed a cover over the rim at both ends of the Ella Colvin gymnasium. 

The Railroaders put together just enough offense in the second half to pull away for a 42-27 win. It was the second year in a row that Whitehall had taken down the Tanagers on their home court. 

“The ball didn’t go in tonight. We had a lot of good looks,” Whitehall coach Boyd Hunt explained. “We were getting jammed up on the inside pretty hard. It was a grinder in the paint.” 

Whitehall led just 7-1 after a quarter. A 3-pointer by Madison Gould pushed the lead to 10-3 and the Railroaders went to the half with a 16-9 lead. The teams combined for just six field goals in the first 16 minutes. 

Defense continues to be the calling card of Hunt’s team. 

“At the end of the day, we haven’t given up more than 33 in a game all year,” Hunt said. “We’re holding everybody to about 20 points less. That’s the key to everything.” 

The Railroaders pulled away after the break. Gould scored 10 points in the frame including a couple of treys as Whitehall increased their advantage to 30-15 after the third. 

Whitehall pushed the lead to as much as 19 in the fourth. Hartford continued to battle, slicing the deficit to 14 a couple of times in the final stanza. A pair of breakaway layups by Samantha Howland and 3-pointers from Gould and Ashlyn Groesback iced the game for Whitehall. 

Howland led the Railroaders with 16 points. Gould added 15. 

Alawnah Dunda led Hartford with nine points. McKenzie Johnson added seven and Cassandra Wade six. 

“We’ve got our first real test on Friday,” Hunt added. “We go to Mayfield. That’s going to be our first real test of where we’re at.” 

Whitehall is 5-0,6-0. Hartford is 1-2, 1-2. 

Corinth Takes Down Burghers 

Defending champion Corinth stayed unbeaten in Adirondack League play, taking down Warrensburg 44-34 in girls high school basketball. 

The Tomahawks led 17-7 after a quarter and 21-13 at the half. 

A 23-21 second half helped Corinth hang on for the victory. 

Emily Dingmon scored 10 of her game-high 22 points in the fourth quarter for the Tomahawks. 

Riley Dumas added six points for Corinth. 

Hope Sherman led the Burghers with a double-double. Sherman scored 18 points and pulled down 15 rebounds. 

Kailey Bacon had five steals for Warrensburg. Kara Bacon chipped in with seven points. 

Corinth is now 4-0, 5-1. Warrensburg is 3-2, 5-3. 

Fair Haven Now 5-0 

The Fair Haven girls basketball team remained perfect on the season as they defeated Middlebury 54-34 Tuesday night. 

The Slaters led by eight at the half and pulled away after that. 

Brittney Love led the Slaters with 17 points and five steals. Lily Briggs had 11 points. Izzy Cole added 10. 

Alana Williams hauled in seven rebounds for Fair Haven. 

Elle Sellers led Middlebury with 21 points.

Fair Haven improves to 5-0 on the season. 

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