Whitehall sports round-up, Dec. 29, 2022

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Whitehall’s Madison Gould blocks a shot attempt by Hartford’s Mckenzie Johnson. (Photo by Lori Severance )

Whitehall girls win with defense

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,” said Whitehall coach Boyd Hunt. “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 its 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 Groesbeck 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.

Whitehall keglers lose to Fort Edward, 4-0

The Whitehall bowling team dropped their only match of the week last Tuesday, falling to Adirondack League-power Fort Edward, 4-0, at the Whitehall Elks Lanes.

Andrew Fish led the Flying Forts with a 514 series. Fish shot games of 143,133 and 238.

Gabe Glass also fired a 514 triple with games of 177,159 and 178.

Preston Gulick added a 468 and Tori Anderson a 445 for Fort Edward.

Melanie Vandenburgh rolled games of 153,125 and 112 for a 390 series to lead the Railroaders.

Lucas Vandenburgh added a 366 triple with games of 108,147 and 111.

Whitehall boys beat Fort Ann, 44-33

After opening the week with their fourth straight loss, the Whitehall boys basketball team picked up a couple of wins in a row in a busy week for the Railroaders.

On Wednesday evening Whitehall was edged by North Warren in Chestertown 69-67 in an Adirondack League matchup.

Sean Evans did a little bit of everything for the Cougars, scoring 24 points while collecting four rebounds, five assists and four blocks.

Derrick Tyrell added 17 points and eight rebounds for the Cougars. Semaj Cuyler had nine points. Elijah Horge chipped in eight points and five rebounds. Angelo Willette added seven points and four rebounds.

Cash Burgey had a solid game for the Railroaders with 20 points. Latrell Evans added 11 points.

North Warren was 3-0, 4-1 after the win. Whitehall fell to 0-3, 0-4.

The next night Whitehall hosted Fort Ann and earned their first win of the season, topping the Cardinals 44-33 in another Adirondack League contest.

Tristan Foote hit a pair of important 3-pointers in the fourth quarter to help the Railroaders.

Evans scored a game-high 16 points for Whitehall. Evans was also a force on the defensive end of the floor with five blocked shots.

Foote added 10 points for the Railroaders.

Callon Sutliff led Fort Ann with eight points.

Whitehall improved to 1-3, 1-4. Fort Ann fell to 0-3, 1-4.

Whitehall was right back at it on Saturday. After digging out from the snowstorm the Railroaders made the short jaunt over the Vermont border to face Poultney.

Read more about Whitehall’s definitive win against Hartford in boys basketball in this week’s Hartford sports round-up.