December 14, 2011
Balancing act bests Cortland
J-D depth prevails in 49-39 win
Balance was the key Tuesday night as the Jamesville-DeWitt girls’ basketball team handed host Cortland High its first defeat in four games this season, 43-39, in the OHSL Freedom American Division opener for both teams.
“I think the difference as that they have a little bit more balanced scoring then we do,” Purple Tigers coach Dick Penoyer said. “They have four or five kids who are pretty even. They also had five 3-pointers to our one.”
While senior guard Maggie Brown had a game-high 23 points for the hosts, who got scoring from only four players, Kayleigh Cavanaugh led the Red Rams (2-0) with 11 points and Cydney Goodrum added 10. Katie Maroney, meanwhile added nine and Lauren Beville added eight.
“We knew they’d use man-to-man defensive pressure the whole game, trying not to let Maggie get the ball,” CHS coach Dick Penoyer said. “We played more of a zone, with some man-to-man — we mixed things up — and neither team handled the other’s pressure well.
“Because of that neither team was able to get into a flow and set up its offense the game was helter-skelter. That’s usually in our favor, but we didn’t score enough to make a difference,” he added. “We missed some easy baskets, a couple coming when we were up by a point with around three minutes left. We had a chance to extend the lead, but after we missed a couple of easy ones they hit a 3-pointer, we fouled and suddenly they were up by four. We had chances to win.”
J-D led 12-9 after the first quarter and was on top 24-20 at halftime. A low-scoring third quarter saw the Red Rams score eight points to the hosts’ four to take a 32-24 lead into the final eight minutes.
“They’re a pretty physical team, more than we thought,” Penoyer said. “It was a typical J-D/Cortland game, and this time we lost.”
Cortland had a 28-23 rebounding advantage, led by Brown and junior forward Devon Tennant with 10 each. Brown also had six steals and three assists, and Tennant had four steals. Goodrum had seven rebounds and Beville six for the winners, while Cavanaugh had 10 assists.
CORTLAND JVs lost to J-D 40-34 and dropped to 3-2 on the season. Eighth-grade guard Shea Swartwout had nine points and freshman forward Abby Hess added eight, while J-D got 12 points from Nyree Mitchell. Cortland trailed 25-10 at halftime before using a 24-15 second-half advantage to close the gap for the final margin.
Both Cortland teams are idle until this Tuesday, when they visit Chittenango. The JVs get things started at 5:30 p.m.
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