December 12, 2007


Purple Tigers shake off rust

Romp past host Homer


Bob Ellis/staff photographer
Cortland High’s Amanda Lawlor reaches in to try to steal the ball from Ashley Brown of Homer during Monday’s OHSL basketball match-up. Lawlor scored 10 points as visiting CHS prevailed 70-34.

Staff Writer

It took some time to shake off the rust of the one-week layoff, but Cortland High girls still rolled Tuesday night.
Shannon Finucane and Courtney Tennant each scored 15 points as the Purple Tigers breezed to a 70-34 OHSL Freedom Division basketball win at Homer Central.
Cortland improves to 5-0 overall making its first appearance in the division. Homer dips to 0-2 in division play, 2-4 overall.
“We did get off to a slow start because of the layoff,” said Cortland coach Dick Penoyer. “When you get into the season, you want to keep playing. We were a little out of sync at first. I told the girls that the only way we will lose is if we beat ourselves.
“The Homer kids played well,” Penoyer added. “We have real good balance between our play inside and outside. We will need that balance in some of our other games. There are some teams that are taller than we are. It was nice to have a game where our other guards were on the floor running the offense without Shannon out there. That was very important.”
“They (Cortland) are an awesome team,” said Homer coach Bruce Tytler. “They have everything. They have a terrific point guard. They have forwards who can shoot and grab rebounds. Hats off to them.
“I still am very proud of my young women,” Tytler added. “They hung in there. They did not get down on each other. They kept hustling, making passes and trying to find the open person with their passes. Tonight, we just got beat by a better team.”
Cortland jumped out to a quick 6-0 lead in the first 45 seconds. Finucane delivered a nice in the paint to Tennant for the first two points just seven seconds into the game. Deanna Bishop added two free throws and Finucane converted a lay-up after stealing the ball in the Homer offensive end and dribbling down the court.
The Trojans cut the deficit to 8-5 on a jumper by Courtney Rainbow and a deuce by Stephanie Hartquist, who later made one-of-two free throws.
The Purple Tigers closed out the final 3:49 of the quarter with a 12-0 run. It started with a 3-pointer by Amanda Lawlor off a pass from Bishop. Lawlor followed with a lay-up from another Finucane pass and Lawlor then nailed another jumper for two points. Finuane closed out the run with a trey and a fast-break lay-up.
With her 15-point effort, Finucane now has 1,048 points in her stellar career. The senior is just 16 points away from moving into the second spot of the Purple Tiger all-time scoring list. Pam Lowie holds the spot currently with 1,063 points.
The Purple Tigers continued to pull away in the second quarter with Tennant leading the way with six points of her team’s 12 points. The halftime advantage was 32-15.
THE SECOND HALF saw limited time for the Cortland starting five with Kim Hall, Emily VanGorder and, eventually, Lauren Shirley, coming off the bench to run the offense.
All three responded. Hall netted two points, VanGorder one point and Shirley drilling a 3-pointer for the final Purple Tiger points in the fourth quarter. Alena Turturro, Molly Schreiber and Tiffany Griffin all scored in the second half, as did starter Fawn Lolar. Every Purple Tiger that dressed got points in the game.
Stephanie Hartquist was the only Homer player in double figures as the senior netted 11 points. Rachelle Holl added six points with Ashley Brown and Halee Riley each chipping in with five points.
Cortland High will host Phoenix Friday in OHSL Freedom Division action. JV play will tip-off at 5:30 p.m.
Homer girls return to basketball action next Tuesday at Phoenix with a 6 p.m. JV start.
CORTLAND JVs got 19 points from Maggie Brown as the Purple Tigers improve to 3-0 with a 37-29 win over Homer.
It was a close game throughout as Homer (2-2) led 6-2 after one quarter, only to have Cortland grab a 15-12 advantage by halftime. The Purple Tigers clung to a 23-22 lead after three quarters before an early spurt final quarter gave the visitors a 10-point cushion midway through the fourth quarter.
Kay Kostuk and Aubrey VanGorder each added six points to the winning attack.
Ashley Crossway led Homer with nine points and 12 rebounds. Carissa Cornwell netted eight points while Kaylie Eastman added six points.




Golden Eagles, Stowell love OT

It was a bit of pleasant déjà vu for the Cortland-Homer hockey team Tuesday night.
For the second time in five days, the Golden Eagles went into overtime at home tied 2-2, this time with Syracuse CBA/Jamesville-DeWitt. And just like this past Friday against Solvay, C-H was the winner — senior center Steve Stowell scoring 34 seconds into the extra session for the 3-2 victory.
“Another overtime, another good outcome,” said Cortland-Homer coach Don Armstrong, his team now 2-2 in CNYSHL Division II West play and 3-3 overall. “CBA/J-D is a quality team and this was a big win for us. We didn’t play well in the first half of the contest. We took way too many penalties, but fortunately we were able to keep the puck out of the net while a man or two down.”
The Brothers were 0-for-7 on the power play, including a pair of two-man advantages, to C-H’s 2-for-7 success.
“We were very fortunate to come out of the first period even up after the poor start,” he added of those scoreless opening 15 minutes. “As with last Friday’s contest, we seemed to become more comfortable as the game went on. Brett Kash played excellent in goal, and the second line of Carl Zimmerman, Andre Coen and Sam Ferro is starting to create good chances so it’s only a matter of time before they put the puck in the net.”
Stowell, who had picked up a pair of assists in regulation as his first-line mates, Matt Porter and Paul Zimmerman, scored once each, stripped one of the visitors of the puck near the C-H blue line in OT, the hosts with on a 4-on-3 advantage, carried through the neutral zone and into the slot and beat Brothers goalie Griffin Ferrigan with a shot he snapped along the ice.
“Steve showed another side of his game tonight, making two great passes that led to goals and then netting the game-winner from the defensive position,” Armstrong said. “Also, Vic Marchetti (defense) has been one of those players who has logged a tremendous amount of ice time, doing a lot of things that don’t show up on the score sheet but are a big part of a successful effort. Jack Spallone has also shown steady improvement as a converted defenseman and had a solid game as well.”
CBA/J-D opened the scoring with 4:56 gone in the second period, Zack Eccles scoring off a turnover when he went in alone on Kash and converting a wrist shot to the lower right. The Golden Eagles equalized 3:23 into the third as Stowell hit Matt Porter’s stick with a board pass, the latter scoring from close range on the right side.
C-H took the lead with a power-play goal 3:11 later, Porter passing to Stowell who, from behind the net, circled to the right-wing circle and fed Paul Zimmerman in close on the opposite side for a one-timer. Heath Ferris scored from the point for CBA/J-D (the league’s top team at 3-1) with 3:03 left to tie the game again.




Muka, Benz & Law named to all-state team

A trio of local players have been accorded third-team all-state honors by the New York State Sports Writers Association in recognition of their performances this past season.
Cortland High senior forward Natalie Muka and Homer Central senior midfielder Kaylee Benz were named to the Class A third team, while McGraw’s Nicole Law was a Class D third-team selection.
CLASS A: Muka amassed 32 goals and added eight assists for 72 points as the scoring leader for the Purple Tigers, who won the Section 3 Class A championship and finished 16-5-1 overall. Benz led Homer in scoring with 13 goals and eight assists for 34 points as the sectional Class A semifinalists wound up their season at 14-6. Both were named to the All-Section 3 Class A team and were OHSL Freedom Division all-league first-teamers.
Other selections from sections 3 and 4 included senior midfielder Taylor Kucharski and junior defender Lindsey Doxtader from Oneonta on the first team; Maine-Endwell senior forward Jamie Holliday, second team and, on the fourth team, Mexico junior midfielder Gabby Ariola, Whitesboro senior defender Alyssa Upson and Owego sophomore defender Maddy Tiddick.
CLASS D: Law led the Eagles in scoring with 36 goals and 13 assists for 85 points as they won the Central Counties League championship for the fourth season in a row and advanced to the sectional Class D finals, closing the season at 19-2-1.
Other third-teamers were junior defender Lucy Campbell from Hamilton and seniors Maria Arnot (forward) from Milford and Amanda Dockstader (midfielder) from Edmeston.
First-team honorees from Sections 3 and 4 are senior midfielder Nikkia Raso from Lyme and Leah Guilmette from Hamilton, sophomore forward Kori Hamm from Edmeston and Downsville senior forward Stephanie Shellman. Named to the second team were Lyme senior forward Terra Towne, Davenport junior forward Chelsea Haight and Milford senior forward Brenna Campbell.
CLASS AA: Second-teams from Section 3 and 4 are senior midfielder M.E. Lapham from Syracuse CBA and senior defender Liz Zuern from Cicero-North Syracuse. Union-Endicott sophomore forward Liz Dwornick made the third team, while C-NS junior forward-midfielder and Vestal senior midfielder Chelsea England earned berths on the fourth team. Corning-Painted Post senior midfielder Rebecca Marx was named to the fifth team, and the sixth team includes junior forward Chelsea Kuss from West Genesee and Union-Endicott junior midfielder Adriana Gaeta.