February 3, 2010


Penoyer gets 100th CHS win


Bob Ellis/staff photographer
Cortland High varsity coach Dick Penoyer speaks with his team as Maggie Reagan (11), Rheanna Bates (25) and Morgan VanGorder (22) listen up. Penoyer won his 100th game beating Fowler Tuesday at Shafer Gym.

Coach Dick Penoyer thought it was just another win for Cortland High girls’ basketball team Tuesday night.
The Purple Tigers knew better, though, breaking out T-shirts in commemoration of his 100th coaching victory in a 69-34 romp over Fowler at Ross O. Shafer Gymnasium.
“I didn’t have a clue where I was with wins and losses,” said Penoyer, now 100-81 in his ninth year as head man. “It was Senior Night, with a lot going on. First of all, I have to give credit to my assistants, LeeAnn Martins and Ron Hulslander. I don’t consider it my 100, but our 100 for all they’ve done for the program over the years. They’ve been with me since the beginning.
“The girls put on T-shirts that said ‘Cortland Girls’ basketball, 100’ on them,” Penoyer said, looking at the shirt he was given in order to get the wording just right when asked. “We had a party afterwards with cake, and the Fowler team joined us. It was nice, and well-planned. Courtney Tennant (senior forward) was the one who did all the research.”
As for the game itself, Penoyer noted: “We had a few goals. We wanted to play better defense than we have been, hold them under 40 points and start running the court again. We accomplished all three. We were able to play some fast-break ball, which we hadn’t done for the last four or five games.
“We moved the ball extremely well against their zone and got a lot of outside looks at the basket, too. Courtney had three 3-pointers, and Maggie Brown had one. We moved the ball faster than their zone could move and were also able to skip the ball over the top. It was Fowler, but their zone isn’t all that bad,” he added, the visitors from Syracuse now 1-12 in the league and 1-13 overall.
The Purple Tigers, now 10-2 league and 11-2 overall, beat the Falcons 63-45 last week in Syracuse in the last game before Tuesday’s.
“The last time we didn’t play our best game,” Penoyer said. “One of the things we’re trying to stress now as the regular season winds down is that we have to play good, solid basketball, no matter who we’re playing. The girls are playing themselves as well as the other team; they have to play their best as a team.”
Sophomore Brown had a game-high 21 points and also had 10 rebounds and three steals for the winners, while Tennant had 15 points, five rebounds and three steals. Junior guard Nacirema Mann also had 10 rebounds (CHS totaled 49 boards in the game) as well as a team-high four steals, and senior guard Morgan VanGorder had five rebounds.
“With Nacirema, Courtney, Maggie Brown and Maggie Reagan (senior forward) we have a lot of firepower underneath for rebounding,” Penoyer said.
Latina Smith and Jaquela Lockwod had 14 points each for the Falcons.
The Cortland JVs beat Fowler 43-27 as Brittany Allen and Taylor Tabel had eight points each and Paige Rogers added seven. S. Thomas had nine points for Fowler, which trailed by just one, 17-16, at halftime before being outscored 18-5 by the Purple Tigers in the third quarter.
Both Cortland teams visit Chittenango Thursday before hosting Mexico Saturday in a makeup game from last week, the JV game slated for a noon start.