January 9, 2014


Purple Tigers able to pull away from Fowler

SYRACUSE — A 23-8 third-quarter advantage broke open a close game Wednesday night as the Cortland High girls’ basketball team downed host Fowler High 67-42.
The Purple Tigers improved to 4-0 in the OHSL Freedom National Division and 6-1 overall, while the Falcons are now 0-4 in the Freedom American and 1-8 overall.
“We applied full-court pressure in the third quarter,” said CHS coach Dick Penoyer, whose team led by just four points, 32-28, at halftime. “That was the only change we made, and I think it speeded up the tempo and helped us a little.”
Sophomore guard Jackie Phillips scored 11 of her 18 points in the third quarter, including a trio of 3-pointers. Junior forward Chickie Artis had a game-high 24 points and junior forward Abby Hess added 12 points for the victors.
“Chickie was able to get inside and they started to clamp down. Then Jackie hit from the outside,” Penoyer said. “We did well offensively in the first half, scoring 32 points, but they were able to score too. We also had only 11 turnovers in the game.
“For a team that hasn’t won very much, Fowler’s pretty good. They’re very athletes, and fast. I thought our kids played a pretty decent game. They played well together, especially in the third quarter.”
Hess had a team-high 10 of Cortland’s 33 rebounds to go with six assists, while Artis had nine rebounds and four steals.
“Abby played one of her better games,” Penoyer said. “She’s the one who rebounds best for us.
“Rae Dunn did a nice job, she was steady throughout,” he added, the senior guard with six points, four assists and two steals. “And Kayla Andrews did a good job for us off the bench, playing both guard and forward.”
CORTLAND JVs rolled over Fowler 63-18 to stay perfect after four league games while upping their overall record to 5-2. Sophomore guard Emily Edwards led the way with 21 points, including a career-high five 3-pointers, to go with three assists. Freshman forward-guard Logan Chase had nine points and four steals while freshman guard Margaret Reagan and sophomore forward Aubrey Helchowski had seven points each.
Freshman forward-guard Kacie Hubbard contributed six points and a team-high seven rebounds, sophomore forward-guard Taylor Ludwig had six points and five rebounds and freshman forward Isabelle Burhans came off the bench and had five rebounds.
East Syracuse-Minoa’s teams visit Shafer Gym Friday night, the JVs getting things under way in a 5:30 p.m. start.
CORTLAND HIGH BOYS, who are among the honorable mention teams in this week’s Class A state poll (see page 12), have rescheduled Tuesday’s home game with Fowler High that was postponed Tuesday by frigid weather.
The Falcons from Syracuse will now visit Shafer Gymnasium on Feb. 28 for an OHSL Freedom Division contest.
The Purple Tigers (6-2) are back in action on Friday night, traveling to East Syracuse-Minoa for a league outing. The junior varsity teams will get things underway at 5 p.m. with the varsity to follow around 6:30 p.m.


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