December 11, 2013


OHSL girls basketball: Fast start ignites CHS win

A fast start meant a happy ending for the Cortland High girls’ basketball team Tuesday night.
The Purple Tigers outscored visiting Mexico 16-2 in the first quarter and never looked back en route to a 48-32 win to open their OHSL Freedom National Division schedule.
Coach Dick Penoyer’s team is now 2-0 overall, while Mexico opened its overall season with the loss.
“We played good defense and offensively had a few fast breaks and hit a few shots from outside,” Penoyer said. “I knew that Mexico is fairly young, but I was a little surprised that we were able to get out to a 16-2 lead.
“The kids played well in the first half; they seemed to be really focused and on top of their game. They looked sharp offensively and defensively but kind of lost some focus in the second half. But they recognized what Mexico was trying to do all game long and worked together on the court. Our team chemistry is good.”
Cortland took a 28-10 lead into halftime and was up 40-20 after three quarters.
Sophomore guard Shea Swartwout led the winners with 17 points while junior forward Chickie Artis had 10 points to go with a team-high nine rebounds as well as four assists.
“Shea scored big for us and Delaney Marshall had a nice game in the time she played,” Penoyer said, the junior forward with seven points and eight rebounds. “Neither one of them scored much in our first game.”
Swartwout had seven points and Marshall three in Friday’s season-opening 59-42 win over visiting Fulton.
Kendra Harter scored 16 points to lead Mexico.
“We have a lot of kids doing a lot of good things,” Penoyer said. “We have to continue to improve.”
CORTLAND JVs evened their record at 1-1 with a 66-2 romp over a small and inexperienced Mexico squad. Sophomore forward Aubrey Helchowski scored 16 points and pulled down 17 rebounds for a double-double to lead the way, while freshman forward-guards Paige Potter and Kacie Hubbard added 12 and 10 points respectively and freshman guard Margaret Reagan scored eight points.
Both teams scored all of their points from the floor, Liz Lasinski hitting the visitors’ only basket in the first quarter.
Both Cortland teams visit Jamesville-DeWitt Tuesday.

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