By Derek Liebig
The Whitehall boy’s basketball team faced off against three of the league’s top teams over last week and although the effort was there, the results were not.
Whitehall dropped contests to Argyle, Fort Ann and Lake George.
Despite the start, head coach Keith Redmond said the team has played hard.
“I am very pleased with our effort on the court. Starting the season with the three toughest teams is not the way to gain confidence to excel. But the kids never stop playing hard,” Redmond said.
The Railroaders ran into a buzz saw Monday evening, losing a lopsided contest to a powerful Argyle team in their home opener.
The Scots used a tenacious defense and an efficient scoring attack to defeat Whitehall 82-24.
Argyle registered double digit scoring in each quarter and limited Whitehall to eight points or less in all four quarters.
Joey Lufkin scored 31 points, including twelve behind the arc. Fellow guard Josh Horton scored 13 points and forward Dell Pryce added 10 points of his own.
Justin Hoagland led Whitehall with 10 points while his older brother, Josh added eight points, including six points on three point shots. Troy Nichols grabbed several rebounds for Whitehall.
Defensively, Argyle was too much for Whitehall who had a hard time inbounding the ball and committed a number of turnovers.
After some spirited defensive play from the Railroaders in the opening moments of the first quarter, Argyle’s offense came alive as they raced out to a 23-6 advantage.
The scoring continued in the second quarter as Whitehall was unable to find an answer for Lufkin.
The Railroaders also struggled to score in the quarter and other than two free throws, didn’t score a basket until Justin Hoagland knocked down a three pointer with about 12 seconds left in the half.
Whitehall played better in the second half, holding Argyle to 13 points in the fourth quarter, but was unable to rebound the ball on the offensive end of the court, limiting the number of scoring opportunities.
Argyle has defeated its first three opponents by a 266-68 margin
The Railroaders fared slightly better against Lake George on Friday night, falling to the Warriors 58-30.
The Warriors rode a strong first half to a 33-10 lead at halftime.
Joel and Ethan Wincowski scored 13 and 10 points, respectively, for Lake George.
The Railroaders knocked down five three pointers in the game including two by Josh Hoagland who scored 13 points. Justin Hoagland finished with seven points of his own.
The game was similar to Whitehall’s season opener when Fort Ann rode a strong first half to a victory.
In the game, Fort Ann scored 30 points on their way to an 18 point lead at the half and a 66-29 victory.
The Cardinals limited Whitehall to single digit points in three of four quarters and Robert Sprague scored 21 points as Fort Ann defeated the Railroaders 66-29.
Josh Hoagland and Justin Hoagland led the way for Whitehall, scoring eight points apiece, including two 3-pointers by Josh.
Matt Watson added four points and Paxton DeLorme scored three for Whitehall.
The schedule should get a little easier for Whitehall (the combined record of the opponents after Monday night was 6-0) and Redmond said the team has a chance to be competitive if their perimeter game improves and the shots start falling.
They travel to Warrensburg on Friday and host Hartford Wednesday night (both games begin at 6 p.m.) before the annual Whitehall Holiday Tournament begins next Friday.