Granville sports round-up, Feb. 2, 2023

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A North Warren player chases a loose ball as Granville’s Lilly Strout and Ella Olsen look on. (Photo by Keith Harrington)

Granville girls win twice on hardcourt

The Granville girls basketball team is playing its best at the right time as it swept a pair of Adirondack League games last week.

Granville made it three wins in a row Friday night, going on the road and topping Lake George, 40-30.

Golden Horde coach Dan Brown credited his team’s defense for the victory.

“We played good overall defense,” Brown said. “We outscored them in the first and fourth quarters.”

Granville led 11-5 after one and put the game away with a 7-3 advantage in the fourth.

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.

On Tuesday night, North Warren stayed within striking distance of Granville for three quarters, but the Golden Horde put the game away in the fourth quarter to top the Cougars, 51-29, at the Granville High School gym.

The Golden Horde led 13-3 at the end of a quarter and 25-7 at the break, but North Warren refused to go away. The Cougars went on a 10-4 run in the third to pull within 29-17. That’s as close as they would get.

“I did some early subbing and we got a chance to run some plays that we don’t always get a chance to run,” Brown said. “They stayed in it and kept their heads and then some shots fell.”

Granville led 39-22 after three quarters and used a 12-7 fourth quarter to secure the victory.

Strout recorded a double-double with 19 points and 17 rebounds for the Golden Horde. Freshman Ella Olsen had 14 points and 15 rebounds for Granville. Kierra Rice scored six points.

“Lilly and Ella do a fantastic job inside and they’re getting better each game,” Brown said.

Laci Bruno scored eight points and Kiki LaGuerre added seven.

Granville moved to 3-6, 5-8 with the win. North Warren fell 1-10, 1-12.


Horde boys improve to 11-1, 12-3

The Granville boys basketball team solidified its hold on the Adirondack League Division I top spot, defeating a pair of more-than-capable opponents last week.

Granville went on the road and earned one of its biggest wins of the season on Tuesday, defeating North Warren, 64-54, in a league showdown. Both teams entered the game with just one league loss.

Free-throw shooting was the key as Granville hit 16 of 20 from the free-throw line in the fourth quarter.

Caleb Nelson paced Granville with 26 points, including 12 for 15 from the line.

Cody Nelson added 15 points. Alex Torres and Trey Senevey contributed eight points apiece.

Derrick Tyrell scored 18 points for North Warren. Cooper Morehouse added 11 and Angelo Willette 10. Sean Evans chipped in eight.

Granville raised its record to 10-1, 11-3. North Warren dropped to 8-2, 9-4.

On Friday night, Granville completed the season sweep of Lake George, 56-40, in league boys action.

Caleb Nelson and Nathan Williams each scored 13 to lead a balanced Golden Horde attack. Will 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. Lake George is 6-5, 6-8.


Gibbs, others do well in sectional track meet

The Granville indoor track and field team earned medals at the Independent League and Section II Division 2 meets at Union College. (Photo courtesy of Friends of Granville Track)

The Granville indoor track and field team participated in the Section II Division 4 championship meet at Union College last weekend.

In the girls meet, Granville’s Amber Gibbs placed third in the 300-meter dash. Gibbs also placed fourth in the 600-meter event. Gibbs will be moving on to the state qualifying meet next weekend.

Maddy Johnson finished eighth for the Golden Horde in the 300-meter dash.

Tim Pratt had a strong meet for the Granville boys. Pratt placed second in the long jump. Pratt also finished sixth in the 45-meter dash and fifth in the 50-meter hurdles after winning the preliminary round.

Ethan Gibbs placed tenth in the 300-meter dash.

Carter Powell was ninth in the 600-meter run and 1,000-meter run.

Parker Cornwall was 13th in the 1,000 meters and 11th in the 1,600 meters.

Granville also competed at the Independent League championship meet at Union College on Jan. 22, and several Golden Horde athletes came home with medals.

The Granville boys team finished fourth out of nine teams with 33 points. The Golden Horde girls placed sixth out of nine teams with 24 points.

Amber Gibbs had the highest finishes for the Granville girls. Gibbs finished second in both the 300 meters and 600 meters.

Pratt was Granville’s highest boy’s finisher. Pratt was first in the long jump, second in the 50-meter hurdles and fourth in the 45-meter dash.

Also on the girls side for the Golden Horde, Johnson was fourth in the 300 meters and fifth in the long jump.

Natalie Morin placed fifth in the shot put.

On the boys side, Powell finished fourth in the 600 meters. Evan Norton was fourth in the shot put.

Walter Miller placed sixth in the shot put. Ethan Gibbs was sixth in both the 45-meter dash and 300 meters.

Pratt will also be competing in the state qualifying meet in the 55-meter dash and 55-meter hurdles.


Local girls wrestle at state invitational

Granville’s Jaymie Landon (far right) placed sixth to make the podium at the historic first-ever state girls wrestling meet. (Photo courtesy of Friends of Granville Wrestling)

Several local girls made history Friday as they competed in the first-ever New York State Girls Wrestling Invitational at Onondaga Community College.

At the end of the day, three wrestlers from Adirondack League schools found themselves on the podium at the event.

Salem-Cambridge freshman Maddie Palulis placed fourth at 94 pounds. and Warrensburg-Lake George senior Grace York finished sixth at 107 pounds. Granville sophomore Jaymie Landon was sixth at 145.

Palulis was pinned by Camden’s Riley Meagher in the consolation in 2:49. She won her consolation semifinal 13-0 over Oneonta’s Jay Karns.

York dropped a 5-1 decision to Sidney’s Isabella Phelps in the fifth-place match.

Landon lost by fall in the fifth-place match to Lewiston-Porter’s Meaghan Edwards, giving her sixth place and a spot on the podium.

Salem-Cambridge’s Mattison Jackson at 165 and Granville’s Kalyn Gould at 235 both went 2-2 in the tournament.

Olivia LaPoint of Warrensburg-Lake George went 1-2 at 152.

Two Section II wrestlers came home with titles. Senior Zoey Lints of Duanesburg-Schoharie won the championship at 138. Shenendehowa junior Isabella Gretzinger earned the crown at 152.


Local wrestlers score in tourney

Salem-Cambridge, Whitehall and Granville all competed Saturday in the Ken Baker wrestling tournament in Stillwater, and several local grapplers came home with podium finishes.

Salem-Cambridge placed third as a team with 112 points. Whitehall was fifth with 102.5 and Granville ninth with 63.

One of the biggest matches of the day, maybe of the season, featured Granville’s Brent Perry against Whitehall’s Troy Austin. The two rivals and good friends both reached states a year ago. Austin got the best of Perry this time around with an 8-1 decision to claim the 189-pound title.

For Salem-Cambridge, Angie Dill was first at 110 pounds and Brayton Cary won the title at 145 pounds.

Luke LaBlanc was second at 102 pounds for Cambridge-Salem. Logan Williams finished second at 285 pounds. Henry Dill was third at 110 pounds.

Whitehall’s Kyle Lavin finished second in the 145-pound division. Sawyer Ostrander placed second at 152 pounds. Chad Monty was third for the Railroaders at 172 pounds.

Also for the Golden Horde, Jaxon Torres was third at 145 pounds and Nick Crum placed fourth at 132 pounds.