December 21, 2013
Big Caz final quarter does in Purple Tigers
The Cortland High girls’ basketball team played on even terms with visiting Cazenovia for three quarters Friday night.
Then a distinct height disadvantage and the effect of a 10-day layoff kicked in, and the Lakers used a 14-2 fourth-quarter advantage to score a 41-31 non-league victory at Shafer Gymnasium.
“The game was pretty close until the fourth,” said Purple Tigers coach Dick Penoyer, whose team, now 2-1 overall, hadn’t played since a 48-32 win over visiting Mexico on Tuesday of last week.
“That we hadn’t played in 10 days really showed,” added Penoyer. “We lost our legs in the fourth. It also showed in our poor shooting. They outrebounded us big-time; they were so big and lanky inside that we would be in perfect position and they could reach over the top of our players and put the ball back in.”
In particular, 6 foot-3 inch freshman center Danielle Tedesco and 6-2 junior forward Maggie Johnson were effective for the Lakers (now 2-4 overall), scoring 14 and 13 points, respectively, including six from Johnson in the fourth quarter. No rebounding totals were available for the visitors, who also got nine points from junior guard Kelsi Fredericks.
Junior forward Abby Hess scored nine points, pulled down 12 rebounds and came up with four steals for Cortland, while sophomore guard Jackie Phillips had eight points and seven rebounds. Rounding out the CHS scoring, with seven points apiece, were sophomore guard Shea Swartwout and junior forward Chickie Artis.
Penoyer noted that his team was also hurt by shooting woes earlier in the game. “We missed a ton of easy shots in the first three quarters,” he said. “We got the ball where we wanted, but couldn’t capitalize. We could have beaten them with guard play, but didn’t. When you hold a team to 41 points, you should win.”
The Purple Tigers led 12-7 after the first quarter, and the game was tied 19-19 at halftime. The hosts led 29-27 entering the final eight minutes.
CORTLAND JVs also lost to Cazenovia, 43-23, to fall to 1-2 overall. Purple Tigers coach Sarah Kleefeld had just two of her five starters available due to various circumstances.
“Without the strong core of starters, we had trouble breaking their press,” Kleefeld said. “We were missing our two centers, and they outrebounded us. It wasn’t one of our better efforts.”
Sophomore guards Emily Edwards and Taylor Ludwig, who was just back from an injury, scored five points each to lead CHS, while freshman forward Paige Potter and freshman guard Margaret Reagan were the leading rebounders with five boards each. Cazenovia, which got off to a 12-2 lead after one quarter and never looked back, was led by sophomore Jenna Britton with 15 points and eighth-grader Jamie Joseph with 10.
Both Purple Tiger teams next see action against Homer Central this Friday in the Trojans’ holiday tournament. The JV game is slated to tip off at 12:45 p.m., and the varsity game starts at 5:45 p.m.
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