Granville sports round-up, Feb. 9, 2023

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The Granville wrestling team performed well at the Class C sectionals last Saturday. (Photo courtesy of Friends of Granville Wrestling)

Wrestler Perry wins Class C title

Brent Perry led the way as Granville had a strong performance at the Section II Class C Wrestling Championship held at Tamarac High School.

Perry won the title at 189 by fall in 1:24 over Coxsackie-Athens’ Ryan Ulscht in the finals.

Granville finished fifth as a team. Coxsackie-Athens won the team championship.

Also for the Golden Horde, Nick Crum (132) and Jaxon Torres (145) finished second.

Crum advanced to the final, but Ryker Cox of Coxsackie-Athens won the title by injury default.

Torres fell to Kieran Cullen of Greenville in his championship match.

Quinn Johnson (126) and Brandon Beaver (172) recorded third-place finishes. Nathan Barber (138) placed fourth for the Golden Horde.

Johnson won his consolation final match against Neil Murphy with a pin in 4:06.

Beaver pinned Anthony Iamunno of Coxsackie-Athens in 5:59 in his consolation final.

Also from the Adirondack League, Corinth/Hadley-Luzerne had three second-place finishers. Aiden Schurr (102), Michael Rose (110) and Keegan Baker (118) each lost in the finals.

Paul Granger (152) and John Geary (215) finished fourth for the Mountaineers.

The top four finishers in each weight division advance to Saturday’s Section II state qualifier meet at Cool Insuring Arena in Glens Falls.

Horde boys top seed in league playoffs

Granville coach Justin Nassivera talks with his team during last week’s game against Warrensburg. (Photo by Keith Harrington)

The last time Granville and Warrensburg met on a basketball court the Burghers handed the Golden a 61-56 loss. It was the only league loss of the season for Granville.

Friday night Granville avenged that loss to the Burghers with an impressive 73-47 victory in Adirondack League action.

“The boys played hard. They wanted revenge from their only league loss and they got it,” said Granville coach Justin Nassivera.

The Golden Horde came out with fire in their eyes right from the opening tip. The lead went back and forth in the opening minutes, but Granville closed the first quarter on a 9-1 run to take a 20-12 advantage.

In the second the Golden Horde continued to impose their will, beginning the stanza with a 9-0 spurt to lead 29-19 and the Burghers could not muster up a response.

Granville used its pressure defense to cause turnovers and cashed them in with transition baskets to extend their lead to 43-23 at the half.

After the break Warrensburg tried to rally as a 3-pointer by Steve Schloss sliced the lead to 46-29. The Burghers could not get any closer. The Golden Horde responded to push the lead over 20. Warrensburg got within 59-40, but a baseline trey by Nathan Williams in the closing seconds made it 62-40 after three.

Granville finished the job with an 11-7 final frame to provide the margin of victory.

The Burghers were hindered by the fact they only dressed seven players. They finished the contest with just five players after Caden Allen injured an ankle and Landon Olden fouled out.

Caleb Nelson led five Granville players in double figures with 26 points.

Trey Senevey added 12 for the Golden Horde. Cody Nelson chipped in 11, while Williams and Matthew Barlow contributed 10 points each.

“Having five guys in double figures was excellent,” Nassivera said. “Everything we talked about in practice game plan-wise, to switching everything on our man defense, to some offensive adjustments we executed.”

Schloss led Warrensburg with 22 points. Evan Lapell had 10 and Owen James nine.

“My only concern tonight was that mentally we had lapses. We are normally a team that keeps our composure when we battle physical teams,” Nassivera said. “Tonight we didn’t do that. We will have to shore that up before postseason play. I can’t have a mental lapse in close games come postseason time.”

Granville closes the regular season 13-1, 14-3. Warrensburg drops to 9-5, 12-6.

Granville now moves on to play for the Adirondack League championship. The Golden Horde are the Division 1 champions and the top seed in the league playoffs. They are scheduled to host Hadley-Luzerne Tuesday evening.

Last Wednesday night Granville continued its winning ways on the road, defeating Corinth, 78-41, in League play.

The win gave the Golden Horde the top seed in the league playoffs.

Caleb Nelson scored 27 points to lead the Golden Horde.

Matthew Barlow and Trey Senevey added 12 points each.

Cameron Wiseman scored 14 points for the Tomahawks. Avery Wood chipped in 13.

Granville improved to 12-1, 13-3 with the win. Corinth fell to 3-10, 3-14.

Horde girls drop two on hardcourt

Granville was in control at halftime but a strong third quarter by Lake George lifted the Warriors to a 44-36 win in Adirondack League girls basketball last Thursday night.

The win avenges a 10-point loss to the Golden Horde earlier in the season for Lake George.

The third quarter was the difference in the outcome. Granville led 18-12 at the half, but the Warriors opened the second half on a 12-0 run to gain a 24-18 advantage and held off the Golden Horde the rest of the way.

“I don’t know if it was the mistakes we made, or to be honest with you I may have gotten out-coached,” Granville coach Dan Brown said after the game. “She (Lake George coach Brittany Baker) did her homework and ran a couple of things against us that we weren’t ready for.”

Cold shooting was also a factor in the contest.

“The girls were flat tonight. We missed a lot of shots,” Brown added. “We took more shots than they did, and we missed ours.”

Both teams started slowly, but Granville led 6-2 after a quarter.

Trailing 33-22 early in the fourth, the Golden Horde began to rally. A 10-2 run fueled by Lilly Strout, Jordan Chadwick and Melissa Beaver sliced the deficit to 35-32. A putback by Strout pulled the Golden Horde to within 35-34, but the Warriors had an answer.

A 3-pointer by Mykah Collier Fisher, a bucket by Angelina Minnear and foul shots by Chloe Popa iced the victory for Lake George.

Collier-Fisher led Lake George with 18 points. Minnear added eight. Carolina Campbell and Popa had six apiece.

Strout paced Granville with 22 points. Beaver chipped in six and Chadwick five.

“I told the girls to forget about what just happened and let’s go to Warrensburg,” Brown said.

Granville was back in action 24 hours later as the team traveled to Warrensburg to face the Burghers.

After a disappointing effort against Lake George a night earlier, Granville went to Warrensburg with visions of upset dancing in their heads. The Golden Horde led at the break, but a strong second half led the Burghers to a 40-30 victory.

Granville coach Brown urged his team to put the previous night behind them, and they clearly listened. The game was tied 11-11 after a quarter, but Granville held Warrensburg scoreless in the second quarter to lead 17-11 at the half.

The Burghers outscored the Golden Horde 29-13 over the final two quarters to rally for the win.

Elli York finished with 14 points and eight rebounds for Warrensburg. Hope Sherman had nine points and eight rebounds. Kara Bacon and Karla Sherman contributed six points each.

For Granville, Melissa Beaver scored eight and Paige Taylor six.

Warrensburg is 9-4, 12-6. Granville is 4-9, 6-11.