December 9, 2009


Trojans unable to keep up with undefeated CHS


Bob Ellis/staff photographer
Maggie Brown (3) of Cortland High looks to pass as she dribbles at the top of the key guarded by Hannah Davis of Homer Tuesday night. CHS stayed unbeaten with 76-32 victory at Homer.

Staff Writer

With both a height advantage and more team speed, Cortland High girls make quick work of its neighboring rival Homer Central.
Four different Purple Tigers reached double figures thanks to a devastating transition game as the visitors posted a 76-32 OHSL Freedom Division basketball triumph over the host Trojans Tuesday night.
Cortland improves to 3-0 in division and overall play. Homer slips to 0-2 in the division, 0-3 overall.
The girls played well together,” Cortland coach Dick Penoyer said. “We had a good balance with our inside game and our outside game. It was nice to have a chance to play everyone.
“We usually come to Homer and the girls are a little tight,” he added. “We were a lot more loose tonight. We did miss some scoring opportunities early in the game, but we settled down well.”
Penoyer singled out the play of Maggie Brown and Christine Gutchess, but was pleased with all his girls. Brown finished with 13 points and five steals. Gutchess had a double-double of 12 points and 10 rebounds.
“Cortland did a good job rebounding,” Homer coach Marv Zimmerman said of the Purple Tigers domination inside with a much taller front line. “They got the ball out quickly. That and their quickness on steals allowed them to beat us down the field all night long. They are a very good team and we just don’t match-up well against them.
“We also did not play very well,” he continued. “We played well against Indian River and good for three quarters at Mexico. Tonight, the girls looked nervous. We never really ran our offense. We need to do that to be successful.”
The game was even for the first two minutes.Cortland first four points came from the foul line as Gutchess and Courtney Tennant each made two charity tosses. Tennant finished the night with a game-high 14 points and six rebounds in less than three quarters of playing time.
Homer countered with a bucket by Jessica Parmiter off a nice pass from Gabby Luety. Parmiter led the Trojans with seven points.
After turnovers and back-to-back-possessions, Penoyer called timeout with 6:02 still to play in the opening quarter. That refocusing by the coach was what the Purple Tiger ladies needed. Cortland went on a 19-0 run to build a 23-2 cushion before the Trojans scored again.
TENNANT STARTED the run with a nice inside move after a pass from Gutchess. Brown followed with a fast-break lay-up and Gutchess then drove the lane for two more points.
After an Aubrey VanGorder lay-up gave Cortland a 16-2 lead, Zimmerman called a timeout with 2:27 left in the quarter, but it didn’t slow down the Purple Tiger assault.
Maggie Reagan buried a 3-pointer, VanGorder scored on another fastbreak lay-up and Gutchess followed suit for a 23-2 cushion,
Ashley Crossway ended the Cortland run with 25 seconds left in the quarter by hitting the first of her two 3-pointers. Those treys, the second coming in the third quarter, would be her only points in the game.
Tennant closed out the quarter with a nice little hook shot in the paint at the buzzer as the Purple Tigers led 25-4.
Cortland continued to pull away during the second quarter. A 28-11 differential allowed the Purple Tigers to take a 53-15 lead in the halftime locker room.
The scoring pace slowed in the second half. Cortland won the final two quarters 23-17. When Tennant made one-of-two free throw attempts with 3:45 left in the third quarter, Penoyer emptied his bench much more freely. Reagan became the fourth player in double figures as she netted 10 points for the Purple Tigers. Nacirema Mann added seven points while Devon Tennant scored four points and pulled down seven rebounds.
Chelsea Tewksbury came off the Trojan bench to tally five points.
Cortland High will return to action Thursday as the Purple Tigers return to Shafer Gymnasium. The Purple Tigers will host West Genesee with JV action tipping off at 5:30 p.m.
“It will be a tough game against West Genesee,” Penoyer said. “This game will be a real good test for us.”
Homer will continue Freedom Division play Friday night at Chittenango, with a 5:30 p.m. JV start time.
CORTLAND JVs got their first win of the season by holding on for a 33-29 victory over Homer Tuesday night. The Purple Tigers are now 1-2, which is the same overall record as the Trojans.
“It was good to get a win under our belts,” Cortland coach Jamie Brown said. “This was the first game our girls really kept their composure in a close game. We got good balanced scoring and we played almost everyone. It’s nice that we keep getting better each game.”
“We are still struggling offensively,” Homer coach Cris Colasurdo stated. “We just go there stretches where we can’t put the ball in the basket. We did get sloppy at times and 26 turnovers didn’t help. We did rebound better. It’s still early in the season. I expect us to get going.”
Cortland led 8-7 after a close first quarter and built a little breathing room, 23-17, by halftime. The entire second half saw Homer close to within three points, but never get any closer.
Kayla Evans led the Purple Tiger JVs with nine points. Ashley Behrenfeld added eight points and Tara Parker-Sabin netted six points.
Katelyn Gray led Homer with nine points. Rachel Perine and Meagan Hartquist chipped in with five points each.