Border Country Sports Report-January 28th

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

Whitehall Tops Hartford on Senior Night

Maybe they should be nicknamed “The Magnificent Seven?” It would take a lot of effort to find a group of seniors who have impacted a school’s sports program as much as the current Whitehall senior girls. Not only have they been dominant in softball, the members of the Whitehall Class of 2023 have been solid on the soccer pitch and the basketball court as well. 

Last night the Railroaders took to their home court one final time in Adirondack League play on Senior Night and pulled away to defeat Hartford 63-42. 

Madison Gould, Ava Ruby, Blake Bird, Jayden Hughes, Bri Eddy, Ashlyn Groesbeck and Vinna Jensen were all honored with their parents in a ceremony before the game for their service to the Whitehall basketball program. 

The young Tanagers have improved by leaps and bounds as the season has gone on and seem to be peaking just in time for the Class D sectionals, but the veteran Railroaders were able to complete the season sweep after defeating the Tanagers in their home gym early in the season.

An 18-6 second quarter proved to be decisive in this one as Hartford could not make up the deficit. 

Junior Samantha Howland scored 19 points to lead the Railroaders. 

Groesbeck added 15 for Whitehall. Bird finished with 10 points and Gould nine. 

McKenzie Johnson had a strong game for the Tanagers, pouring in 17 points. Alawnah Dunda chipped in eight for Hartford. 

Whitehall is 10-1 in league play and holds a one game lead over Hadley-Luzerne in the Division II race. The Railroaders travel to Hadley-Luzerne Tuesday night. 

Whitehall is 12-3 overall. Hartford falls to 5-6, 5-9. 

Three in a Row For Granville Girls 

The Granville girls basketball team made it three wins in a row, going on the road and topping Lake George 40-30 Friday night in Adirondack League play. 

Lilly Strout scored 14 points and hauled in 17 rebounds to record a double-double for the Golden Horde. 

Jordan had 12 points and Lauren Bascom seven. 

Point guard Melissa Beaver dished out seven assists and had six steals.

Mykah Collier-Fisher had 11 points for the Warriors. Alivia Dean had nine. 

Granville is now 4-6, 6-8. Lake George is 2-7, 4-9. 

Guay Scores 45, Breaks Own Record

Peyton Guay who just recently went over the 1,000 point mark broke her own school scoring mark West Rutland exploded on offense to roll past Bellows Falls 92-35 in girls high school basketball. 

Guay poured in 45 points to break her own school single game scoring record for the second time this season. 

 Arianna Coombs scored 18 points and Bella Coombs 13 for the Golden Horde. Aubrey Beaulieu added eight.

Veronica Moore led Bellows Falls with nine points. Laura Kamel and Erin Ross chipped in eight each.

West Rutland is now 14-0 on the season. 

Second Half Leads Slaters Over MAU 

Fair Haven got the offense rolling and put the defensive clamps on in the second half as they pulled away to defeat Mount Anthony 47-29 in girls high school basketball. 

The Slaters trailed by a point at the half but held the Patriots to just one field goal over the final 16 minutes. 

Brittney Love netted 15 points for  Fair Haven. Lily Briggs added. and Kate Hadwen had nine points each. Izzy Cole chipped in six. 

Alana Williams had four points, but was a dominant force on defense in the paint. 

Madisyn Moore.had 16 points for MAU. 

Fair Haven is now 13-1 on the season. 

Granville Boys Take Down Lake George

Granville completed the season sweep of Lake George, taking down the Warriors 56-40 in Adirondack League boys basketball. 

Caleb Nelson and Nathan Williams each scored 13 to lead a balanced Golden Horde attack. 

William Jennings added seven points for Granville. 

Caleb and Cody Nelson combined for 15 rebounds. 

Jack Welch led the Warriors with nine points. Sam Burns and Aiden Osborne added eight each. 

Granville is now 11-1, 12-3. 

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