March 23, 2010


Purple Tiger duo have all-star glow

Staff Writer

Two members of the Section 3 Class A champion Cortland High girls’ basketball team — senior forward-center Courtney Tennant and sophomore point guard-forward Maggie Brown — were named to the OHSL Freedom Division all-league first team by vote of the league’s coaches.
Joining Tennant (a first-teamer for the second year in a row) and Brown from league runner-up CHS on the premier squad are Player of the Year Leanne Ockenden and Ellen Voorheis from league champion Syracuse CBA, third-place Jamesville-DeWitt’s Alyssa Gratien and Jessica Kramer and Ashlynn Palmitesso from Fulton. Steve Graham from East Syracuse-Minoa is the league’s Coach of the Year.
The second team consists of Olivia Luciano, Becky Teschler, Mallory Buckley and Chelsea Medler from East Syracuse-Minoa, CBA’s Michele Damico and Victoria Johnson and Fowler’s Jaquela Lockwood.
Honorable mentions included Purple Tigers senior guard Aubrey VanGorder, junior guard-forward Nacirema Mann, senior forward Maggie Reagan and senior forward Christine Gutchess, who played in only the first eight eight of the team’s 21 games due to a knee injury.
Accorded honorable mention from Homer were senior forward Gabby Luety, who also missed significant time due to injury; senior center Ashley Crossway, junior guard Carissa Cornwell and sophomore guard Jessica Parmiter.
Cortland coach Dick Penoyer had the following comments about his first-teamers.
On Courtney Tennant: “Many teams would have to make their game plans to try to control Courtney. Her inside-outside game made her hard to handle for many teams. When she was playing well, our team was playing well.”
Tennant led the team in scoring with 18 points per game and was second in rebounds with 10.4 a contest.
On Maggie Brown: “Maggie is our super sophomore. Many coaches could not believe that she is only a 10th-grader; she plays like a veteran. Maggie has the ability to take over a game with her basketball talent. She is a difference-maker on the court for us, playing wherever we need her.”
Brown was second on the team in scoring with 15.8 points per game, and led in rebounding (10.8), assists (4.0) and steals (3.9).