January 2, 2016
Swartwout hero for Purple Tigers
CHITTENANGO — Shea Swartwout was the only real choice as MVP after literally shooting the Cortland High girls’ basketball team to the championship of the Chittenango Holiday Tournament Thursday afternoon.
The Purple Tigers’ senior guard hit a running 35-foot 3-point shot at the buzzer to give CHS a hard-fought 51-48 win over Fulton in the championship game of the tournament. Earlier, Chittenango had beaten Homer 51-45 for third place.
Swartwout finished the game with 15 points, nine rebounds and six assists after her 29-point game that also included four rebounds and two steals as Cortland beat the hosts 50-42 in the first round on Wednesday night.
Her fellow senior guard, Jackie Phillips, was named to the all-tournament team after scoring 10 points and adding six rebounds (the two teams tied 27-27 on the boards), four assists and three steals in the title game. Junior guard/forward Margaret Reagan had nine points while senior forward Allison DeGraff had five rebounds and four assists for the winners, now 4-3 overall.
Swartwout’s game-winner capped a wild fourth quarter that saw Fulton, which trailed for most of the way, leading by one when Phillips hit a free throw in the waning moments to knot the score at 48-48. The Purple Tigers then forced a turnover and Swartwout was able to take her shot, which connected as the buzzer sounded. CHS led 13-6 after one quarter and 24-18 at halftime before the Red Raiders used an 18-12 third-quarter advantage to knot the score at 36-36 heading into the fourth, which was close throughout.
Junior guard Sydney Gilmore had 19 points and junior forward Nicole Hansen totaled 16 for Fulton (6-2), which romped past Homer 56-30 Wednesday night.
Cortland visits Mexico Tuesday in an OHSL Freedom National Division contest, the JVs getting things started at 5:30 p.m.
Chittenango 51, Homer 45: It was a double dose of Shoemaker as Chittenango downed Homer 51-45 in Thursday’s consolation game.
Alexandra Shoemaker scored 15 points for the Bears (3-7 overall) while Morgan Shoemaker netted 14 points to help the home team down the Trojans, who dropped their third straight game to end 2015 at 6-4. Alexandra was 9-for-10 from the free throw line while Morgan did not shoot a foul shot, but drained four 3-pointers.
“We got off to a good lead and we just could not score in the fourth quarter,” Homer coach Chris DiFulvio said. “I think we were tired from both games and Chittenango began to outwork us and rebound us. They (Chittenango) did a great job in the last quarter really digging deep and hustling for loose balls.
“I was pleased with our post play,” he continued. “Shawnessey Earle and Dakota Kleefeld did a really good job today. Madison Dimorier scored a couple for us and Caley Cornwell did a nice job on the boards. I think overall we need to start games at a more intense level. I asked the girls to do that today and they did.”
The good lead DiFulvio referred to was Homer bolting in front 14-8 through one quarter and building that advantage to 28-17 by halftime. The Trojans still led 42-34 after three quarters, but managed just three points in the fourth quarter as Chittenango scored 17 in the same quarter to come from behind and win by six points.
Katy Myka was the third Chittenango player in double figures with 10 points.
Cornwell paced the Homer offense with 13 points and she pulled down eight rebounds. Kleefeld netted 10 points and four rebounds while Earle grabbed six caroms. Dimorier finished with seven points.
Homer will return to OHSL Freedom Division action Tuesday with a 7:30 p.m. contest at Jamesville-DeWitt.
IN THE JV CHAMPIONSHIP GAME, Homer came out on top with a 28-18 victory over Cortland as the two local teams battled for the winner’s spot.
“We played well defensively today, which helped keep us in the game as both teams struggled to put points on the board, Homer coach Cris Colasurdo said. “It was a great team effort to hold a good Cortland team to 18 points. We were able to make a run in the second quarter as we stepped up the pressure on defense and got some steals.”
Homer (7-2) trailed 6-4 after the first quarter, but shut out Cortland (3-4) in the second quarter for a 13-6 halftime led. The Trojans pushed their advantage to 22-14 after three quarters and kept pace over the final eight minutes.
Johnson was much of the Homer offense as she scored 19 of the team’s 28 points. Ashley Shortsleeve led Cortland with six points.
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