December 17, 2012


Defense, Tennant shine in CHS win

Devon Tennant put together a double-double of 13 points and 11 rebounds as Cortland High girls clawed their way to a 40-36 non-league basketball victory over visiting Indian River Saturday at Shafer Gymnasium.
“Our defense is playing much better,” Cortland coach Dick Penoyer said. “We’ve been doing a better job of keeping the other team from scoring, but we’re not really scoring much either.
“Indian River plays a similar style to teams like ES-M, Jamesville-DeWitt, Christian Brothers Academy in our league,” he added. “It’s that full court pressure and they try to create turnovers. It was a good learning experience to be able to handle the pressure and to win a close game.”
Indian River took an 8-4 lead in the first quarter as Paige Fayetta scored five of her team-high 10 points in the quarter.
Cortland (3-4 overall) came back in the second quarter to take a 13-12 halftime lead in the low-scoring affair. Tennant scored a pair of baskets with Taylor Tabel adding three points on one field goal and one free throw.
The Purple Tigers opened a little more breathing room in the third quarter by outscoring the Warriors 16-13 for a 29-25 cushion. Tennant and Shea Swartwout each netted five points in the quarter. Swartwout finished her night with nine points, all in the second half.
The fourth quarter was even as each team recorded 11 points. Erin Brown made the front end of a one-and-one late in the and she made another free throw later to seal the victory.
Cortland had a distinct advantage from the field with 16 baskets to Indian River’s nine, but five of the Warriors’ buckets came from outside the 3-point arc. The Purple Tigers also controlled the boards with a 42-29 rebounding edge. The biggest edge there was a 29-14 advantage on the defensive boards.
Amanda DeGraff pulled down seven rebounds for the Purple Tigers with Cassondra Hathaway snaring six caroms.
“They really had no inside presence, so we should have controlled the boards,” Penoyer said. “We did a good job rebounding. It wasn’t a pretty win, but it was a win against a good team.”
CORTLAND JVs used a 20-point fourth quarter to rally past Indian River, pulling out a 39-35 victory in the opener. Alizabeth Knout scored all seven of her points in that fourth quarter surge, including the team’s first 3-pointer of the season.
Shaniqua Artis led the Purple Tigers (5-2) with 12 points, also grabbing six rebounds and leading the defense with four steals. Aubrey Hechowski had eight points and four rebounds, Delaney Marshall six points and five rebounds and Allison DeGraff came up with three steals.
Cortland teams return to the court this coming Friday, traveling to East Syracuse-Minoa for an OHSL Freedom Division contest that gets under way with a 5:30 p.m. junior varsity tipoff.


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