February 1, 2013
Saints girls stay near top
Joe McIntyre/staff photographer
Cortland Christian’s Korissa Kinney (23) gets a clear view of the basket against Finger Lakes during the Saint’s’ 39-22 victory Thursday night.
With a pair of seniors being honored, Cortland Christian Academy girls and boys played host to Finger Lakes Christian Academy from Seneca Falls in the final regular season home games of the season.
Alexis Flach and Saints’ girls remained in the hunt for a top playoff spot with a 39-22 victory. Luke Hatch and the boys were not as fortunate as Fingers Lakes posted the 43-35 victory.
Cortland Christian girls 39, Finger Lakes 22: Cortland (9-2 ESCAL, 9-3 overall) built its lead from 9-3 after one quarter to 20-10 by halftime. The Saints put the game away with a 15-4 third quarter spurt.
“The girls really played hard,” Cortland Christian spokesman Nate Cobb said. “Everyone got a chance to play so it really was a great team effort.”
Esther Ripley paced Cortland Christian with 11 points and eight rebounds. Korissa Kinney added 10 points and nine rebounds while Flach and Sarina Sweeney recorded six points each for the Saints.
Finger Lakes 43, Cortland Christian boys 35: “The guys really hustled,” Cobb said. “We ran out of gas late in the game. Finger Lakes had the height advantage and that proved to be a big difference.”
The Saints (2-7, 3-9 overall) took an 8-7 lead after one quarter, but Finger Lakes (-2, 10-4) countered in the second quarter to tie the game at 20-20. The visitors broke open one-point game with 5:17 left in the third quarter by going on a 15-4 run that carried into the fourth quarter. John Sandlas led Fingers Lakes with 24 points.
Jordan Rofe and Ryan Tuttle each scored 10 points to lead the Cortland Christian attack.
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