Hartford sports round-up Jan. 5, 2023

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Hartford’s Mckenzie Johnson dribbles as Granville’s Melissa Beaver comes to defend her. (Photo by Lori Severance)

Horde tops Hartford in tournament, 58-44

The Granville and Hartford girls basketball teams competed in the annual Glens Falls Grandstanders Holiday Tournament last week, with the Golden Horde splitting a pair of games and the Tanagers dropping both of their games.

The two teams squared off in the opening round. Granville 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.

“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.”

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,” Brown said. “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 said. “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 stanza, Granville used a 9-0 run fueled by a 3-pointer from Teagan Cutter and a pair of Haley LaCoste buckets to increase its 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 as 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.

On day two of the event, Salem blew open a close game in the second half to defeat Granville, 61-41. It was the Generals’ second win of the season over the Golden Horde.

Salem led 14-2 after one quarter, but Granville pulled within two at the half. The Generals took control in the third quarter.

Mary Kate McPhee scored 18 points to lead Salem. Sophia Keays had 15 and Hannah Gongola added 13. Sierra Phillips contributed six points for the Generals.

Jordan Chadwick scored 14 points for Granville. Strout added 13 points and 17 boards.

Salem is now 6-1. Granville is 2-4.

Hartford wrapped up its appearance in the tournament with a 74-32 loss to host Glens Falls.

CJ Lunt scored 18 points and Gianna Endieveri netted 15 for Glens Falls. Brooke Eggleston and Frances McTiernan scored eight points each and Sarah Wolfstitch added six for Glens Falls.

Alawnah Dunda scored 10 points for Hartford.

Glens Falls improved to 4-5. Hartford was 1-4 after the loss.

Hartford loses to Greenwich, 72-4

Greenwich completed the season sweep of Hartford, topping the Tanagers, 72-48, at the Ella Colvin Gym in non-league boys basketball.

Joe Skiff scored a game-high 19 points for the Witches.

Ryan Alling had 16 points, Ryan Ingber had 15, Cal Curtis recorded nine and Jacob Ziehm added seven for Greenwich.

Ray Harrington and Austin Wells scored 13 points each for Hartford. Nate Fiske chipped in 12.

Greenwich is now 5-2. Hartford is 2-4.