QUEENSBURY — The Hartford girls basketball team couldn’t feel too bad about its 11-2 lead over Keene after the first quarter Friday.
The 16-8 halftime lead, though, made the Tanagers realize they weren’t playing up to their potential. They cleaned their play up in the second half for a 38-18 win in a Coaches vs. Cancer matchup at SUNY Adirondack.
The win improved Hartford to 4-0, but it was its third win of the young season — 47-43 over Adirondack League defending champion Lake George on Wednesday — that the Tanagers needed to snap out of.
“Any time you beat Lake George it’s big,” Hartford first-year coach Jason Johnson said. “Our last time was in 2011. We were still sleeping (Friday). Once we woke up and hit some of our layups, things got better.”
Karlee Nims, a 6-foot-1 freshman, had 13 points and eight rebounds for Hartford. Six other players scored, but none had more than seven points. Still, these Tanagers know how to contribute — shown by Camille Rogers, who didn’t score, but had 11 rebounds and two assists.
Johnson said in previous years the Tanagers would beat themselves mentally in big games, so the goal this year is to learn to play with the success they’ve had early.
“They finally realize they can play with (the better teams),” Johnson said. “There’s no superstar. The team is the superstar.”