January 22, 2008


Another easy win for unbeaten Tigers

CHS girls play strong throughout on way to 64-35 victory


Joe McIntyre/staff photographer
Cortland’s Alena Turturro (2)knocks the ball loose from the grasp of Alicia Hunt (32)of Marcellus as Mustang Leanne Falge (15) calls for the ball in the first quarter of the Purple Tigers 64-35 win Tuesday night.

The Cortland High girls’ basketball team just keeps on winning.
The Purple Tigers made it 15-for-15 this season Tuesday night, rolling past visiting non-league opponent Marcellus 64-35 in Shafer Gym.
The winners ended the suspense early, moving to a 16-5 lead after the first quarter and increasing their advantage to 32-12 at halftime. CHS had a 47-23 lead entering the final eight minutes. The final 29-point margin was the closest an opponent has come to the Purple Tigers in the last four games.
“We weren’t sure what to expect,” Cortland coach Dick Penoyer said. “We’d seen them play, and all indications were that they had a fairly decent team. We were a little bit surprised we beat them as easily as we did; they have a good, athletic group of kids.
“We just played man-to-man defense — we pressed a little early, but it didn’t work — and made some shots. We haven’t shot well the last couple of games, and it as good to get out of it. It’s also been good that everyone’s gotten in the last few games; hopefully that will help us down the stretch.”
Penoyer noted that senior forward Deanna Bishop had the best game of anyone for CHS as she came up with 13 points, five rebounds and three steals. Senior guard Amanda Lawlor scored a game-high 18 points and pulled down six rebounds, while senior point guard Shannon Finucane had 16 points, eight assists and six steals. All three saw three quarters of action in the contest.
In addition, senior forward Fawn Lolar had seven rebounds and junior forward Alena Turturro six as the winners collected 34 boards in all.
Sarah Holden had 13 points for Marcellus, now 7-8 overall.
The Cortland JVs lost 40-36 to drop to 11-2 on the season, Maggie Brown leading the way with 14 points.
“It wasn’t our best effort,” Purple Tigers coach Jamie Brown said. “we struggled defensively and didn’t execute well; a big factor was the fact that we were without Christine Gutchess (unavailable for the contest). Her presence was missed. We had more open looks but didn’t convert.”
Ashley Norton pulled down seven of the winners’ 24 rebounds, earning praise from her coach, while Maggie Brown and Kaitlyn Drach added five boards each. Brown also had six steals.
Both Cortland teams host Homer this Tuesday, the JV game set to tip off at 5:30 p.m.




Dragons lifted by second half

ALBANY — Maggie Byrne scored a career-high 20 points and Jessica Laing pulled down a career-high 18 rebounds as SUNY-Cortland women’s basketball improved to _11-1 with an 86-57 non-league win over Albany College of Pharmacy Tuesday.
The game was tighter than expected, as the two teams were deadlocked at 36-36 when the halftime buzzer sounded.
The 22nd-ranked Red Dragons trailed 29-13 with 9:13 left in the first half after two free throws by Kelly VanValkenburgh, who led the host Panthers with 20 points and seven rebounds in 39 minutes of playing time.
Cortland closed out the first half with a 23-7 run that began with a three-point play by Miranda Lustig. Lustig was fouled when successfully making a lay-up and she added the free throw.
Two free throws by Kristin Ciccone (11 points), a Byrne lay-up and lay-up by Laing (11 points) got the Red Dragons to within 29-24 with 6:02 left in the half.
Sara Cavanaugh (15 points) got Cortland to within 33-31 with a lay-up with 2:00 on the clock, but a _3-pointer from Pam Leonardi _(10 points) gave Albany a 36-31 _advantage.
The Red Dragons scored the final five points of the half, including the tying lay-up by Ciccone with 16 seconds remaining to force the 36-36 deadlock.
The Red Dragons would outscore Albany College 50-21 in the second half, including a 28-12 run in the first 10 minutes of the half, to pull away and finally subdue a stubborn Panther team. Byrne nailed a 3-pointer with 17:26 left in the game to put Cortland in front for good at 44-42.
SUNY Cortland women return to action Friday and Saturday at Corey Gymnasium as part on two doubleheaders with the Red Dragon men. The women tip off against New Paltz Friday at 6 p.m. with the men to follow at 8 p.m. On Saturday, SUNY-Oneonta comes to town with the women playing at 2 p.m. and the men at 4 p.m. All four games will be SUNY-Cortland webcasts on the internet with Bobby Comstock providing the play-by-play call.




Trip north unkind to sluggish Trojans

PHOENIX — Homer Central boys made the long trip North, but struggled as the Trojans lost a 51-31 OHSL non-league basketball contest at Phoenix Tuesday. The Firebirds even their record at 9-8 while Homer falls to 2-13.
“We did not play very well,” said Homer coach Jim Luchsinger. “We started good in first quarter and had a decent first half. We could not get going in third quarter. We just did not have it and I am not sure why.”
The Trojans trailed 17-13 after the first quarter and each team _could only net four points during second quarter play. That allowed Phoenix to enjoy a 21-17 halftime advantage.
The second half was a totally different story as Homer continued to struggle in the offensive end while Phoenix began to pull away. The Firebirds used a 14-5 third-quarter spurt before outscoring the Trojans 16-9 in the fourth quarter.
Mike Carboine paced Homer with nine points with Zach Blanden and Derrick McCall each netting six points.
Anthony Zaia led Phoenix with 18 points while Shane Gabriele added 10 points.
Homer boys return to Liberty Division basketball action when the Trojans host Solvay Thursday. JV tip-off is slated for 5:30 p.m.
IN JV ACTION, Homer boys one of their best games of the season and the result was a 51-37 win at Phoenix. The Trojans improve to 3-10 on the season.
“It was our best overall game of the season,” said Homer coach Doug Pasquerella. “We attacked basket and we were aggressive at both ends of the court.
“Luke Pederson, Jeff Eves and John Sciera shot well from the outside. Kyle Davis got us a nice lift off bench in the first quarter when he scored all four of his points.”
Homer trailed 13-10 after the first quarter, but came back to build a 25-23 advantage by halftime. The Trojans extended their lead to 38-33 after three quarters. Phoenix pulled to within six points in the fourth quarter, but the Trojans held strong, kept their composure and pulled away.
Sciera hit three 3-pointers to finish with 15 points while Pedersen netted 10 points to top the Trojan scoring list.