January 9, 2016

Comeback keeps CHS in first


Joe McIntyre/staff photographer
Cortland High’s Jackie Phillips (14) puts up a bank shot in the first quarter against Phoenix on Friday.

The Cortland High girls’ basketball team put on quite a fourth-quarter show against Phoenix Friday night in Shafer Gym.
The Purple Tigers trailed by 10 points late in the third quarter and were still down by five, 39-34, entering those final eight minutes — during which they dominated the Firebirds 20-6 to come away with a 54-45 win.
With a fourth consecutive victory CHS remains atop the OHSL Freedom National standings at 3-1 and is now 6-3 overall, while Phoenix fell to 1-4 Freedom National and 5-7 overall.
“Phoenix did an excellent job of not allowing us to get in our offensive rhythm,” CHS coach Nolan Sinclair said. “We missed a lot of easy shots in the first half. We ran our offense well, and got open looks, but couldn’t convert.
“I was very proud of the girls. They could have given up when they were down 10. Instead of doing that they turned it up a notch and played with and intensity. This is key, not only when down in points but also when you are trying to come back from double figures,” he added.
Senior guard Jackie Phillips scored 24 points and added seven rebounds, three assists and four steals for the winners, while fellow senior guard Shea Swartwout had 14 points to go along with nine rebounds, six steals, four assists and a blocked shot. Senior forward Molly Doubet had 13 rebounds as the winners built a 47-34 advantage on the boards, and also had two steals and an assist.
“Jackie was outstanding for us,” Sinclair said. “She scored a lot of huge baskets for us, including a huge basket plus a foul shot late in the fourth. Jackie was extremely aggressive going to the basket.
“Molly Doubet also played very well for us with the 13 rebounds as well as seven points; it was her best game of the season.”
Junior guard forward Logan Chase (eight points) and junior forward Paige Potter had six rebounds each for the hosts.
Sophomore Samantha Doupe led Phoenix with 15 points, all but two of those coming in the first half.
Cortland got off to an early 10-2 lead and still led 16-15 after one quarter but trailed 24-22 at halftime before the visitors’ 15-12 third-quarter edge gave them their five-point lead heading into the fourth.
THE CORTLAND JVs beat Phoenix 48-15 as freshman guard Sarah Boyce led the way with 11 points and sophomore guard Taylor Hart added nine. The winners, now 5-4, got points from 10 different players in all.
“It was another outstanding defensive game for us as a team,”coach John Protheroe said. “I am very impressed with the development of the team so far and the energy we have brought the last two games. We are starting to gel. I am very proud of our team and their overall effort.”
Sheri Mason scored three points for Phoenix while six other players scored two points each.
Both Purple Tiger teams visit Syracuse CBA Tuesday, the JV game set to tip off at 6 p.m.

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