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January 17, 2009

 

Purple Tigers impress

Tigers

Joe McIntyre/staff photographer
Cortland High’s Rheanna Bates (25) punches the ball away from Fulton’s Michelle Bateman (2) in the second quarter of last night’s OHSL Freedom Division game at Shafer Gym. CHS won, 63-51.

A strong collective effort meant another one in the win column for the Cortland High girls’ basketball team Friday night.
“It was a solid team game,” Purple Tigers coach Dick Penoyer said of a 63-51 triumph over visiting Fulton that improved his team to 6-4 in the OHSL Freedom Division and 8-4 overall. “The girls did a really nice job offensively and defensively, and rebounded better against a good team. We got a lot of rebounds, with second and third chances, and Emily and Aubrey VanGorder did a nice job out front.”
The Purple Tigers got their hands on 47 rebounds in the game.
“Courtney Tennant played well against a good big person,” Coach Penoyer added, the Purple Tigers forward going up against 6-foot-2 Red Raider Kayla Trail. “Maggie Brown played a great game and Alena Turturro had one of her better games.”
Tennant had a game-high 20 points and also pulled down 18 rebounds and blocked three shots. Freshman guard Brown finished with 18 points, 10 rebounds and three steals and Turturro had 11 points, seven rebounds and three assists. Emily VanGorder had four assists and Aubrey VanGorder added three. Ashlynn Palmitesso had 20 points to pace Fulton (3-5 league, 6-6 overall).
The visitors trailed by nine, 28-19, at halftime, but whittled the deficit to four, at 42-38, after three before Cortland regained control in the fourth.
“They tried to force us to go to our opposite hand in the third and it worked a little,” Penoyer said. “The big thing was that they made three 3-pointers in that quarter. We settled the ball down and started running the floor again in the fourth, and continued our pressure defense, which we used almost the whole game.”
CORTLAND JVs beat Fulton 42-26, scoring 11 fourth-quarter points and shutting the Red Raiders out over those final eight minutes to get some breathing room. Emily Morehouse led the way with 13 points, while Melanie Phillips and Ashley Behrenfeld added 10 apiece as CHS improved to 3-7. Brittany Shue led Fulton with 12 points.
The Purple Tigers next outing arrives Tuesday at Chittenango in an OHSL Freedom Division match-up.

Cortland 63, Fulton 51
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Fulton (6-6) 51: Bateman 2 0-0 5, Johnson 1 0-0 2, Palmitesso 8 2-3 20, LoCastro 0 1-2 1, Vann 2 0-2 4, Stowell 1 0-0 2, Kemp 3 0-0 9, Trail 4 0-0 8. Totals: 21 3-7 51.
Cortland (8-4) 63: Turturro 5 0-0 11, Brown 6 4-4 18, A. VanGorder 1 1-3 3, E. VanGorder 1 2-3 4, Reagan 0 0-0 0, Gutchess 2 0-0 4, Tennant 9 2-5 20, M. VanGorder 0 0-0 0, Bates 0 0-0 0, Griffin 0 3-4 3. Totals: 24 12-19 63.
By periods:
Fulton 8 11 19 13 — 51
Cortland 12 16 14 21 — 63
3-point goals: Fulton (6)- Kemp 3, Palmitesso 2, Bateman. Cortland (3)- Brown 2, Turturro.

Cortland JVs 42, Fulton JVs 26
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Fulton JVs 26: Mirabito 0 0-0 0, Pappalardo 1 0-0 2, Froio 0 0-0 0, Stone 0 0-0 0, Sugar-Compson 1 1-8 3, McKay 1 1-2 4, O’Donnell 0 0-0 0, Shue 5 1-3 12, Hayden 0 0-0 0, Briggs 0 0-0 0, Reil 1 0-0 2, Daniels 1 1-2 3. Totals: 10 4-15 26.
Cortland JVs 42: Phillips 3 4-7 10, Hartnett 0 0-2 0, Evans 1 0-0 2, Behrenfeld 5 0-0 10, Davis 0 0-0 0, Torti 1 2-2 4, Parker-Sabin 0 0-0 0, Tennant 1 0-0 2, Morehouse 2 9-10 13, McCumber 0 0-0 0, Bishop 0 1-2 1, Jones 0 0-0 0. Totals: 13 16-23 42.
By periods:
Fulton JVs 8 9 9 0 — 26
Cortland JVs 8 11 12 11 — 42
3-point goals: Fulton (2)- McKay, Shue. Cortland- None.