Granville Holds off Tanagers Despite Johnson’s Career High

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By Keith Harrington

The Granville girls basketball team maintained a double figure lead for much of the game and fought off a Hartford fourth quarter comeback attempt to defeat the Tanagers 58-44 in the Glens Falls Grandstanders Holiday Tournament. 

“It had been 12 days since we had played anybody and that was a good test right there,” Granville coach Dan Brown said after the game. “We’re moving forward. The girls have a little confidence. The girls are happy to be playing someone else. After tomorrow we’ll see what happens and I think our schedule is going to dictate a pretty successful ending to the second half.” 

Granville meets Salem in their second tournament game today. The Generals defeated the Golden Horde 53-42 earlier in the season. 

The Golden Horde used their height advantage to frustrate Hartford in the paint, as well as leaking a guard out for easy transition baskets. 

“As long as my guards don’t get buried and one of them is out there my bigs can see them. Lilly (Strout) and Ella (Olsen) do a good job of getting them out there.” 

Hartford trailed by as much as 17 in the third quarter before closing to within six behind the hot shooting of Mckenzie Johnson. 

Johnson did her best to keep the Tanagers in the game as she poured in a career high 27 points. The freshman nailed five 3-pointers in the contest. 

“Those 3-pointers. That’s from our guards getting sucked down following the ball instead of playing the defense,”Brown explained. When she sets up it’s very hard to get a hand in her face.” 

The Golden Horde used the 3-point shooting of Lauren Bascom and the inside scoring of Strout to lead 20-9 after a quarter. 

In the second Granville used a 9-0 run fueled by a 3-pointer from Teagan Cutter and a pair of Haley LaCoste buckets to increase their advantage to 31-16. The Golden Horde led 31-17 at the half. 

The Golden Horde looked to put the game away after the break. Five consecutive points by Bascom pushed the lead to 38–21. A 7-0 spurt with Johnson scoring five points in a row and Alawnah Dunda contributing two pulled Hartford within 40-30. Olsen responded with a basket to make it 42-30 Granville heading to the final frame. 

In the fourth the Tanagers came out on a mission. Hartford scored seven of the quarter’s first eight points to close the gap to 43-37. Granville responded with an 8-0 spurt to take back command and never was challenged again. 

Bascom led the Golden Horde with 19 points. Jordan Chadwick added 11 points. Strout had a double-double with 10 points and 19 rebounds. 

Olsen hauled down 16 boards. 

Brown also praised Paige Taylor who did a solid job of running the point with starter Melissa Beaver in foul trouble all afternoon. 

Dunda added 12 points for Hartford. 

Granville improves to 2-3. Hartford is 1-3. 

Granville meets Salem in the tournament today at 3 p.m. Hartford faces host Glens Falls at 6 p.m. 

“We’ve got a tough one tomorrow,” Brown concluded. “That’s a rematch with Salem. We’re going to gauge how far we’ve come.” 

Photo Credit-Lori Severance