The Tompkins Cortland Community College women’s basketball season opened Friday at home with the Panthers taking on Northampton Community College (Penn.) in a non-region game. After a close start, the Panthers pulled away for a 72-56 win.
The TC3 men’s basketball team opened the season hosting Northampton as well. The Panthers matched up with the Spartans over a close first half, but saw things slip away in the second half of an 85-64 loss.
TC3 women 72, Northampton CC 56:
The first point of the new season came from the free throw line. Shantasia Jeffrey converted a foul shot in the opening minute as the Panthers jumped out to a 5-0 lead. The Spartans answered, tying the game at 8-8. Tompkins Cortland reclaimed the lead and held a 15- 12 advantage after one quarter.
The lead grew to five points in the second quarter before the Spartans rallied to cut it to one point at the half, 26- 25. An 11-2 run to open the third gave the home team a 10 point lead at 37- 27. Northampton cut the spread to five points late in the quarter, but the Panthers closed out the quarter with a 7-0 run to lead 51-39 heading into the final quarter. In the fourth, the lead continued to grow, peaking at 29 points before settling at the final 72-56 margin.
K’Anndra Rhoden had a big night for the Panthers, leading all scorers with 27 points to go with eight steals, six re- bounds and four assists. Jeffrey poured in 17 points along with six rebounds, five steals and four assists. Mackenzie Constable added eight points and seven rebounds.
The Tompkins Cortland CC women’s basketball roster has four local players. Sophomore Paige Graham is a Groton alum who is back for her second season with the Panthers. The other three are a freshman trio of Cortland High School graduates. They are Reilly Record, Ashley Shortsleeve and Emilie Sherwood. All four saw action with Shortsleeve seeing the most time. In 25 minutes, she posted six points, two rebounds, two steals and one assist. Sherwood added two points, four rebounds and one steal with Graham handing out one assist.
With some of the team’s originally scheduled games canceled, the Panthers have a bit of a break before playing their next game. The Region III opener for Tompkins Cortland will come Nov. 12 at Herkimer College.
Northampton CC men 85, TC3 64:
It was the first game of the year for Northampton, a team that spent several weeks ranked in the top ten in the nation last season and was among the schools receiving votes in the this year’s preseason rankings.
Tompkins Cortland CC started strong, taking a 10-7 lead on a 3-pointer by Derek Brower four minutes into the game. The teams traded scores over the next few minutes before Northampton went on a little run to take a game that was tied at 20-20 with under nine minutes left and turn it into a halftime lead of 40-32.
Six straight points to open the second half pushed the Northampton lead to double digits and the Panthers were never able to get back to within striking distance. Despite shooting better than 43 percent from the field in the second half, the deficit continued to grow as the Spartans connected on an incredible 61.3 percent from the field in the second half.
Twelve different TC3 players got in the scoring column before the final horn led by Marven Louissaint and his 10 points. Louissaint was also the leading rebounders on the team, pulling down seven boards. Jaiden Allen and Phillip Harris each finished with nine points.
Tompkins Cortland CC men open Region III play Tuesday with a home game against Schenectady County Community College. Tip-off is at 5 p.m.