Young Whitehall off to slow start, but starting to come together

By Derek Liebig




The Whitehall girl’s basketball game lost a hard-fought game to a more experienced Lake George squad in an Adirondack League game played Friday night.

Lake George rode strong first and third quarter s to pull out a 33-25 victory over the Railroaders on their home court.

Despite the loss, head coach James Burgey was pleased with his team’s performance against a team that boasted five seniors among its starting lineup, compared to Whitehall, who has two seniors on the entire team.

“It’s bittersweet, because you want to get the ‘W,’ but the team played well,” Burgey said. “I’m happy with how they played. We’re a young team and it’s still early; we’re starting to put stuff together. Little by little we’ve working on things in practice and I think it showed tonight. They played hard.”

Lake George’s Amanda Chambers led all scorers with 12 points and Courtney Laczko dropped in 11 points.

Junior guard Victoria Christian and forward Brittney Putorti led the way offensively for the Railroaders, scoring six points, and Ariel Ayers and Rebecca Lavin each added five points.

Sophomore Ashley Davis contributed some tenacious defense off the bench and Kelsey Farley added solid play under the bench.

“I thought Rebecca Lavin did a fantastic job driving to the basket and rebounding when we needed it,” Burgey said. “And I was happy with Brittney Putorti rebounding. She gives up a lot of height, but she boxes out and gets the jobs done.”

The opening quarter began with a lot of offense, but the Warriors eventually began to put things together as they race out to an 8-2 lead.

Whitehall, playing with more intensity that they had in their season opener against Fort Ann, roared back in the second quarter, exploding for ten points and evening the score 12-12 at the half.

However the Railroaders were careless with the ball in the second half and Lake George took advantage as they scored a game high 12 points in the quarter.

Whitehall fought back in the third quarter and were down by four points with four minutes in the game but Lake George made four free throws in the last minute and a half to seal the victory.

Whitehall fell to the Fort Ann Cardinals in its season opener last week 46-26.

The Railroaders fell behind early as Fort Ann raced out to a 13-1 first quarter lead.

Whitehall fought back in the second quarter, scoring 13 points of their own but the Cardinals scored 19 points to go into the half with 32-14 advantage.

The Railroaders picked up their games defensively in the second half, holding Fort Ann to 14 points, but they managed only 12 points of their own.

Farley led Whitehall with seven points, and Payton Bessette added six points .

Kara White scored 13 points and Jordan Aubin and Danielle Goodman each scored eight points.

The Railroaders are 0-3 on the young season but have played against three of the league’s top teams, something Burgey said should help the team later in the season.

“It gets us prepared for the other teams in the league,” he said.

The Railroaders will host Warrensburg at 6 p.m. on Friday and travel to Hartford for a league game at 6 p.m. next Tuesday.




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