October 22, 2021

Purple Tigers open season with big win

High School Basketball

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DRYDEN — The Cortland High girls’ varsity girls got the 2019-2020 season started off on the right foot Wednesday night with a 53-22 non-league win over Dryden.

The Purple Tigers jumped out to a 15-7 lead in the first quarter as Lyndsie Babcock scored 10 of her game-high 18 points in the quarter. Babcock finished with a double-double as she pulled down 10 rebounds to go with her double digit point effort.

“I am very proud of the girls effort tonight,” Cortland coach Nolan Sinclair said. “We started out a bit slow, but once we buckled down our press really did a great job of getting easy baskets in transition.”

Cortland pulled away in the middle quarters. The Purple Tiger led 30-10 by halftime and 42-10 through three quarters after holding Dryden scoreless in that third quarter.

“We had a really strong second and third quarter,” Sinclair said. “The girls did an excellent job of pushing the tempo once we got going and we did a good job attacking the offensive glass, grabbing 18 offensive rebounds. We struggled a bit from the free throw line as a team but we work on that aspect of our game every practice and we will improve. Although we are pleased with our performance we as a unit know we can always improve.”

Kirsten Merritt added eight points to the Cortland attack. Adrianna Murphy had seven points and five rebounds while Shyanne Lewis provided six points, five steals and three assists.

Emma Stahlman led Dryden with eight points. Sophia Lynch helped out with five points.

“We are looking forward to two good days of practice and then a sectional rematch with Oswego on Saturday,” Sinclair said.

Cortland will host Oswego in the SCAC Empire Division home opener for the Purple Tigers in Shafer Gymnasium at 5 p.m. The JVs tip things off at 3:15 p.m.

Cortland JVs started the season strong with a 43-14 win over Dryden Wednesday.

“We came out strong in the first quarter and set the tone,” Cortland coach Janice Meyer said. “We slipped back in the second quarter with only one basket but came out of the half and put up 22 points in the third quarter.

Kendall Mack led Cortland with a game-high 16 points and four steals. Mallory Turner and Valerosa Gambitta both finished with six points.