January 13, 2014
Red Rams pull away to deny CHS victory
DeWITT — Grabbing a slim one-point halftime lead put visiting Cortland High girls in position to remain unbeaten in the OHSL Freedom Division.
Jamesville-DeWitt would respond to this basketball challenge on Saturday afternoon, however, pulling away after intermission to secure a 64-49 victory over the feisty Purple Tigers in this first place showdown.
Maddy Frank had 18 points to lead four Red Rams in double figures, as J-D is an unbeaten 2-0 in the National Division standings and 5-2 overall.
Abby Hess scored 15 points, Shea Swartwout 12 and Jackie Phillips 10 as Cortland dropped its first division contest in six outings, Coach Dick Penoyer’s squad now standing 7-2 overall.
“We didn’t play bad. We just need to play four good quarters against the better teams like Jamesville-DeWitt,” said Penoyer.
“They have a bigger court and I knew that our girls looked gassed in the fourth quarter,” he added. “We both played the night before, but their second group is as good as many teams’ starters. They were able to shuffle more players in and out of the game.”
Phillips scored nine points in the opening half, including a 3-pointer, when CHS was a 26-25 leader. Jamesville-DeWitt battled back and put the game away with a 24-point fourth quarter scoring spree.
“We actually handled their man-to-man defense well,” Penoyer said. “They switched to a zone defense for the second half. It was no different than any other zone, but we went cold shooting and they were able to get a cushion on the scoreboard. That defensive switch was the big difference in the game.”
While Frank led the winners, Meg Hair and Kasey Vaughan finished with 12 points apiece and Alyssa Robens reached double figures with 10 points for the Red Rams.
As for the play of Hess, Swartwout and Phillips, Penoyer was pleased.
“All three played well,” he said. “Abby really sat out half the game in foul trouble. Jackie had a real solid game and Shea did a good job.”
CORTLAND JVs fell 46-39 to Jamesville-DeWitt in a game that was tied up at 31-31 heading into the final quarter.
“We had several of our ‘bigs’ in foul trouble early, but were already the shorter team so this did not help us in any way,” said Cortland coach Sarah Kleefeld, as J-D shot 40 free throws in the contest. “We feel confident that when we see J-D again on our home court we can come out with a better outcome.”
Coach Kleefeld moved freshman Logan Chase into the starting line-up at guard and Taylor Ludwig switched to forward, a move that paid off. Case scored a team-high 11 points and came up with seven steals. Aubrey Helchowski added eight points and five steals, while coming off the bench Margaret Reagan had six points and four steals and Paige Potter a team-high eight rebounds.
The Purple Tigers trailed 25-18 at halftime before pulling even, J-D surging away in the fourth quarter.
Cortland teams are idle until this coming Friday, when Syracuse CBA pays a visit to Shafer Gymnasium.
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