Hartford sports round-up, Dec. 29, 2022

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Hartford boys basketball coach Jason Harrington talks to his team during last week’s loss to Whitehall. (Photo by Keith Harrington)

Strong 4th quarter helps Whitehall top Hartford

The Whitehall and Hartford boys basketball teams were hooked up in a back-and-forth battle for three quarters before the Railroaders took control in the fourth, pulling away to defeat the Tanagers, 58-48, in Adirondack League boys basketball last Wednesday night.

Whitehall led 39-37 after three quarters before outscoring Hartford 19-11 in the final stanza.

After opening the season with four straight losses, the Railroaders are starting to hit their stride. It was the third win in a row for Keith Redmond’s squad.

“A lot of it is that we are back to being healthy,” Redmond said. “The kids have been busting their hump. It certainly showed tonight.”

One of the keys to the victory was second-chance opportunities. The Railroaders dominated the offensive glass.

“I told the kids I thought one of the things that we did tonight that we hadn’t done all year is after they went on an 8-0 run and took the lead we took a timeout. The kids responded and got right back after it. Built upon that and took a 10-point lead and we were able to maintain it.”

Hartford led 17-13 after the first quarter, but Whitehall took a 30-24 advantage to halftime.

A Tanagers’ spurt to open the second half gave them a 34-32 lead after a Ray Harrington 3-pointer. A Cody Baker trey gave Hartford a 37-34 lead, but a Tristan Foote 3-pointer put the Railroaders back in front heading to the fourth.

Whitehall’s balanced effort was led by Latrell Evans who recorded a double-double with 22 points and 10 boards.

Foote added 13 points and Cash Burgey had 10 for the Railroaders.

“That’s one of the things we’ve been working on. We don’t care who scores the points. We want distribution between all,” Redmond explained. “They moved the ball well tonight. We practiced hard against that zone and our kids knocked down shots tonight.”

Baker led Hartford with 15 points. Harrington chipped in 14.

Whitehall moved to 2-3, 3-4. Hartford fell to 2-2, 2-3.

The Railroaders went on the road Thursday night and made the short jaunt to Ticonderoga a successful one as they defeated the Sentinels, 58-32, in a non-league contest.

The win was the fourth in a row for Keith Redmond’s squad and avenged a 52-35 loss on Dec. 6.

Whitehall was clinging to a 23-21 lead at the half but used a 35-11 advantage over the final 16 minutes to blow the game open.

Evans led Whitehall with 25 points. Cash Burgey added 16 points for the Railroaders.

Alex Swajger had 12 points for Ticonderoga. Kam Vigliotti added 11.

Whitehall is now 4-4 on the season.