Title clinch for Cortland
Senior Night was extra special for the entire Cortland High girls’ basketball team, coach Nolan Sinclair and his staff Thursday.
The Purple Tigers pulled away from a 34-34 tie halfway through the third quarter, taking control with a 15-2 run the rest of the stanza, and went on to beat Chittenango 52-41 to clinch the OHSL Freedom Division National Conference championship.
“The girls worked very hard this season learning the ways of a new coach and are very deserving of this title,” said first-year Purple Tigers coach Nolan Sinclair, his team now 6-3 league and 12-7 overall. “Our defensive effort was strong yet again as we reached our goal of limiting our opponent to less than 50 points.
“I would like to give a special congratulations to Taylor Ludwig, Molly Doubet, Emily Edwards, Allison DeGraff, Shea Swartwout and Jackie Phillips for their efforts as senior leaders this season. It hasn’t been easy on them getting acclimated to a new system their last year at Cortland, but they did so with a professionalism that is beyond their years. I will remember this group for a long time,” he added.
Senior guards Phillips and Swartwout led the winners with 22 and 18 points, respectively. Phillips also had nine rebounds, five assists and three steals while Swartwout, who increased her career points total to 979, had seven rebounds and four steals.
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