January 31, 2014


Cortland gets revenge on Cazenovia

CAZENOVIA — The Cortland High girls’ basketball team made a few halftime adjustments Thursday night against non-league host Cazenovia and went on to get some revenge.
“The kids played really well in the first half but we were down by three (30-27) at halftime,” Purple Tigers coach Dick Penoyer said. “They outrebounded us, with 17 offensive rebounds, and we talked about how we needed not to let them get so may second-chance opportunities. The kids wanted to speed the game up, so we went to man-to-man full-court and half-court defensively in the second half. That sped things up to our advantage.
The end result was a 59-54 CHS win over the Lakers, who had won 41-31 in Cortland on Dec. 20.
Cortland, now 11-3 overall, used a 22-11 third-quarter advantage to take a 49-41 lead into the final eight minutes and held the Lakers (6-9) off in the fourth.
“We were up by two or three with between a minute and two minutes left and Rae Dunn (senior guard) hit a big 3-pointer for us,” Penoyer said. “We were up by three, 57-54, with 10 seconds left and during a timeout they called, (assistant coach) Ron Hulslander suggested a half-court trap to get a turnover. It worked, and Rae hit two free throws when they fouled her.
“It was a good, hard-played game by both teams; we made the shots we needed to. This was a big win for us, something we were kind of pointing toward after they beat us the first time. The kids were excited to play, and they’re tuning themselves up for sectional play.”
Dunn led all scorers with 19 points while sophomore guard Jackie Phillips had 16 points and junior forward Chickie Artis had 14 points and 10 rebounds for another double-double. Junior forward Abby Hess had eight rebounds. Penoyer noted that Phillips, who had fouyr 3-pointers, was back on track shooting while sophomore guard Shea Swartwout did a good job of ball-handling.
Audrey Burbidge had 13 points for Czar, while Kelsey Fredericks and Maggie Johnson had 12 each.The Cortland JVs also got some revenge, outscoring Cazenovia 14-9 in the fourth quarter for a come-from-behind 35-31 win over a team they had lost to 43-23 in December. Sophomore forward-guard Taylor Ludwig scored 16 points, including 10 from the foul line, to lead the way, and also had six rebounds while freshman forward-guard Logan Chase had eight points and eight rebounds. Freshman forward-guard Kacie Hubbard pulled down six rebounds and freshman guard Margaret Reagan was cited by coach Sarah Kleefeld for her perfomance.
“We got lots of rebounds from lots of players, and several scored,” said Kleefeld, her team now 9-5 overall. “This was obviously a much better game for us against a team that beat us so badly the first time.”
Caz was led by Lucy Connor with 11 points.
Jamesville-DeWitt visits both Cortland teams on Tuesday, the JV game getting underway at 5:30 p.m.


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