January 04, 2008


Cortland ‘lines’ up 10th win


Joe McIntyre/staff photographer
Cortland Purple Tiger Fawn Lolar (54) drives through Mexico defenders in the second quarter of last night’s OHSL game. CHS won 58-47, Lolar scoring 14 points.

With the game on the line, the Cortland High girls’ basketball team was good from the line Thursday night.
The state’s eighth-ranked Class A team scored all 22 of its fourth-quarter points from the foul line, led by a 14-for-14 performance from Shannon Finucane, and beat visiting Mexico 58-47 to improve to 5-0 in the OHSL Freedom American Division and 10-0 overall.
All told, the winners hit 26-for-32 of their free throws in the contest.
“Mexico started to foul us to try to get the ball back with about four minutes left, and all of Shannon’s free throws came in the last three minutes,” Cortland coach Dick Penoyer said. “Before that, Amanda Lawlor and Fawn Lolar had done a good job of getting inside and had gotten some free throws.”
Lawlor finished with 16 points, while Lolar tossed in 14 to lead a balance CHS scoring ledger.
“Offensively we didn’t shoot the ball really well, but we did well inside, which was the difference in the game, and played good defense, holding them to nine points in the first half,” added Penoyer.
The CHS coach praised Lawlor and Lolar for their defense, too.
“Fawn defends the other team’s best player every game and does a good job of containing them or shutting them down,” he said. “She went against their point guard, Evie Josbena, who didn’t play against us the first time (a 63-45 road victory for CHS on Nov. 30) and held her to 15 points.
“Amanda played Josbena’s sister, Angie, and shut her down. They also led us in rebounding, Amanda with 10 and Fawn with eight. Alena Turturro, with some help from Courtney Tennant, did a good job of shutting down their other big player, Crissy Sawyer,” he said.
Sawyer was held to eight points, while Angie Josbena scored just four points.
Finucane, who led all scorers with 23 points, picked up her third foul midway through the second quarter and sat the rest of the stanza. Penoyer noted that Emily VanGorder and Deanna Bishop shared the point guard responsibilities during that stretch, and, in his words, “did a great job of controlling the game and the ball. It was good to see that.”
Finucane, who didn’t pick up any more fouls during the contest, also had four steals on the night, while Lawlor had three.
Evie Josbena’s 15 points led the way for Mexico (2-2 league, 6-3 overall).
CORTLAND JVs defeated Mexico 44-26 to improve to 7-1 on the season as Maggie Brown led the way with 15 points and Aubrey VanGorder added 12.
The winners led 20-10 after one quarter, were outscored 9-2 in the second and then held Mexico to seven points in the second half, all in the third quarter.
“We came out in a half-court trap from the get-go and it bothered them,” Purple Tigers coach Jamie Brown said. “That led to a lot of transition baskets; I think our first four baskets were from Aubrey on assists from Maggie.
“We worked a lot of kids in during the second quarter and got a little out of sync, but recovered in the second. We varied our defenses a lot; and Rheanna Bates did a good job defensively coming off the bench in the game.”
Kaitlyn Drach collected nine of Cortland’s 43 rebounds in the contest, while Maggie Brown had eight, Ashley Norton six and Christine Gutchess five. Taylor had nine points to lead Mexico.

Both Cortland teams host Syracuse CBA Tuesday.




DeRuyter spikers savoring early success

The DeRuyter Central volleyball team hasn’t had many matches this season, but has been equal to every task so far.
The Rockets improved to 2-0 in league play and 3-0 overall Thursday night with a 25-10, 25-12, 25-15 win over visiting Stockbridge Valley.
In another CCL volleyball contest, visiting Brookfield beat McGraw 25-12, 22-25, 26-24, 25-14.
The DeRuyter boys’ basketball team, meanwhile, lost to host Brookfield 48-32.
DeRuyter 3, Stockbridge Valley 0: Jen Cizenski had two kills, six aces and eight assists for the Rockets, while Kate Vosburg had two kills and eight aces, Megan Stevens five kills and three aces, Weslee Eckler two kills, four aces and seven assists, Sam Moade three kills and three aces and Polly Gallerani a kill and four aces.
“The girls played pretty well,” DeRuyter coach Gary Burdick said.
“It was kind of tough to judge ourselves, but tonight will be a real test,” he added, the Rockets to host a Cincinnatus squad that is 1-0 in league play. “We’ve done well so far, but we’ve got a lot of season left, probably a lot more than some other schools. We’re going to be busy this month.”
Brookfield 3, McGraw 1: “We were inconsistent and suffered from time off during the holidays,” said Eagles coach Andrew Smith, whose team fell to 1-3 in league play and 3-6 overall. “We played with more intensity and consistency during the second and third games, but dropping the third was hard on the team and we were unable to regain the energy that we had.”
Kristen Guy had 14 assists for McGraw, which returns Brookfield’s visit tonight, while Nicole Law had eight kills and three digs and Maddy Byrne seven kills.
Brookfield 48, DeRuyter32: “Offensively we were not good,” Rockets coach Kim Brown said, his team now 3-2 in league play and 4-6 overall. “We were indecisive, and that cost us all night. Our ball movement was the worst it has been all year. We needed to attack Brookfield tonight, and we just didn’t do it.”
The Beavers scored 10 of the game’s first 12 points before the visitors came back to trail by just four, 14-10, after one quarter. Brookfield led 23-14 at halftime and took a 34-26 lead into the final eight minutes.




Fulton still spoils gritty CHS effort

FULTON — History repeated itself Thursday night as the Cortland High volleyball squad once again gave defending OHSL Freedom Division champion Fulton a good match but fell short.
“Just like last time, Fulton had its hands full,” Purple Tigers coach Mary Lou Bordwell said of a 25-16, 19-25, 25-13, 25-21 loss that dropped her squad to 1-8 in the league and overall. “Back to full force, we took one game from them and were close in the others. It was another two-hour match.”
Fulton had won the previous match-up in four games, too, in Cortland back on Nov. 27. The Red Raiders are now 8-1 in the league and tied for first with Jamesville-DeWitt.
The first game was lop-sided at the beginning, Bordwell noted, before Rachel Pisa served for six points in a row while Casey Marks added a kill and a block in the run.
“Game two was back and fourth, with our best run coming on a six-pointer from 14-20,” Bordwell said. “Marks had a kill for 14 and Alissa Claiser had one for 15. Sarah Curtis added some much-needed passing in the back row to allow kills, one more each from Claiser and Marks, who had a block for 19 after an ace from Amanda Cheetham for 18. After Fulton called a timeout, Marks served for 22 and 23 before Curtis and Claiser combined to close out the game.”
The Purple Tigers’ coach praised Curtis and Marks for their efforts in blocking and delivering sets when needed to keep Cortland in the third game, adding that two bad runs at the end made the difference.
In the fourth game CHS almost climbed out of a 9-2 hole.
“We were playing very scrappy and not letting the ball hit the ground. Our goal was to keep it in play, look for spots and have them commit the unforced errors,” said Bordwell, singling out  Chelsea Tollner’s contributions.
“On the whole, it was a 95 percent improvement over Wednesday night,”she added, referring to a four-game loss to visiting East Syracuse Minoa. “ Eight players were on the court, but 13 contributed. During timeouts, the girls on the bench were giving coaching cues to all the players; that’s what teamwork is all about.”
Cheetham went 9-for-11 serving with an ace and was 12-for-16 hitting with two kills, 48-for-55 setting with eight assists and 25-for-25 on defense. Claiser was 8-for-8 serving and 24-for-28 hitting with six kills and Frare 20-for-22 hitting with two kills, 21-for-24 attack with three kills and three assists and 15-for-21 on defense.