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Caprood, Liddle lead Argyle past Hartford

Caprood, Liddle lead Argyle past Hartford

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Girls Basketball: Argyle at Hartford

Argyle's Shelby Caprood attempts to block a shot from Hartford's Alawnah Dunda during Friday's girls basketball game in Hartford.

HARTFORD — Paige Cormie stands 5 feet, 7 inches tall. That makes her the second-tallest player on the Argyle girls basketball team.

Cormie drew the defensive assignment on Hartford’s 6-foot sophomore center Karlee Nims, while her 5-11 teammate, Shelby Caprood, matched up with the Tanagers’ 6-2 Abby Monroe.

But Cormie and her Argyle teammates refused to back down from the potential mismatch in height, as the Scots outworked Hartford at both ends of the floor in a 53-38 Adirondack League victory.

Nims had to work for every one of her 18 points, and Monroe was held to two by Argyle’s inspired defense.

“We like to focus on team effort, like doubling down on (Nims),” Cormie said. “So I would try to front her and if I got in any trouble, Shelby would help me. Everybody was helping out. It was a really unselfish team effort.”

Argyle’s win brought both teams’ records to 5-2 in the league, 7-3 overall, tied for second in Division III at the midpoint of the season.

The Scots had prepared to defend the taller Hartford frontcourt, but ended up going with what was working.

“We came up with a couple of defenses yesterday during practice to kind of figure out how to keep them out of the paint,” said Caprood, a senior who scored 18 points. “We ended up just going man-to-man, and that was working for us because our next-tallest (Cormie) was doing a good job on their other big girl.”

“We went man out here and everybody looked really good,” Cormie said. “We were being very energetic on man, so we decided to stay with it and it worked.”

Argyle coach Terry Chamberlain was certainly impressed with Cormie’s effort.

“I was talking to Paige’s father, saying what a great game she had, and he said, ‘Yeah, did you know she only had one point?’” Chamberlain said. “I couldn’t believe it — she did a great job hustling, rebounding and defending on their bigs inside. I’m proud of these girls. Good effort, good hustle, good intensity.”

Erica Liddle, the Scots’ only other senior, finished with 17 points in a game Argyle led from the start.

“We knew coming in that they were going to be a tough team to beat, they were going to be quick, and we were going to have to rebound because they have a lot of height,” Liddle said. “We just know we have to keep the ball moving — we want to pass, we want to cut and find the open girls, but we want to be under control and get the best shot we can.”

“We left a lot of their wing shots wide open on the weak side — that got us,” Hartford coach Jason Johnson said. “We weren’t moving around for it. We started chasing instead of sliding.”

Caprood beat the halftime buzzer with a 3-pointer to give Argyle a 25-15 lead. After giving up five quick points to Gabbie McFarren (10 points) to start the third quarter, the Scots extended their lead with a 13-2 run over the next four minutes, a scoring burst capped by two 3-pointers and a long jumper from Liddle.

Hartford never got closer than 11 points the rest of the way as Argyle kept up the pressure.

“We had a lot of girls in foul trouble, but we didn’t let that stop us,” Liddle said. “We were still going to keep working hard, we weren’t going to quit playing defense.”

“We came out flat, we couldn’t get a streak to change it, and unfortunately we couldn’t hit anything to save our butts, which didn’t help us,” said Johnson, whose team shot 12 for 52 from the floor. “They were playing good defense, but we got them in foul trouble immediately. We should’ve kept going at them. It was a tough one, hopefully we’ll learn from it.”

Follow Pete Tobey on Twitter @PTobeyPSVarsity.

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