October 24, 2021

Red Rams’ surge snaps Cortland’s winning streak

The Cortland High girls’ varsity basketball team trailed by eight points at halftime before Jamesville-DeWitt kicked into another gear and pulled away inside Shafer Gymnasium Friday.

The Red Rams used a 20-9 run in the third quarter and rolled to a 58-33 SCAC Empire Division victory over the host Purple Tigers, snapping Cortland’s three game winning streak to start the season. It was the first win of the season for Jamesville-DeWitt.

Four different Jamesville-DeWitt players found the scoring column as the Red Rams took a 15-8 lead in the first quarter. Gabby Stickle scored five of J-D’s second quarter points while Shyanne Lewis counter with five points of her own for Cortland. The Purple Tigers trailed 23-15 at halftime.

“We battled hard all night long,” Cortland coach Nolan Sinclair said. “We were down eight at the half and that was with two of our senior leaders in foul trouble and missing large stretches of the first half. The effort the girls showed tonight was outstanding, and the definition of why I truly enjoy coaching this team. They played with a confidence that is going to lead to many successes this season.”

Katie Vartanian/contributing photographer

Cortland’s Kaitlyn Pratt (12) goes airborne as Jamesville-DeWitt’s Hannah Brooks (21) tries to defend during Friday’s game at Shafer Gymnasium. The Red Rams snapped the Purple Tigers’ three-game winning streak, 58-33.

Jamesville-DeWitt (1-0 division, 1-2 overall) hit four 3-pointers in the third quarter as part of those fateful 20 points as the Red Rams’ lead grew to 43-24. Cortland (1-1 division, 3-1 overall) never recovered.

“ In the second half we still played with that tenacious defensive intensity, but J-D hit some big shots late in the shot clock to extend their lead,” Sinclair said. “In the end, the girls shouldn’t hang their heads. They gave it their all and it showed. This game, even the loss, is going to prepare us for big games in the future.”

Stickle hit five treys on the night and led all scorers with 20 points for Jamesville-DeWitt. Momoka LaClair added 10 points.

Lewis paced the Cortland attack with 11 points, three steals and two rebounds. Kaitlyn Pratt stepped up with eight points and four rebounds for the Purple Tigers. Adrianna Murphy led Cortland on the boards with seven rebounds and Paige Ludwig grabbed six rebounds.

“Jamesville-DeWitt is relentless in their pressure defense and for the most part I feel we handled it very well,” Sinclair said. “Shyanne Lewis was outstanding tonight. At times she was a onegirl press break and was the engine that drove our team.”

The Cortland girls will return action Tuesday. The Purple Tigers will travel to Skaneateles for a non-league game at 7 p.m. The JV game will tip off at 5:30 p.m.

Cortland JVs suffered their loss of the season as Jamesville-DeWitt recorded the 46-29 victory. The Junior Tigers are now 3-1 on the season.

“We played our hearts out today against a good, well experienced team,” Cortland coach Janice Meyer said. “You would not have known our age on the floor watching that game and I know as we tighten up a few things up and improve in the areas we need to, we may surprise people. As a team we moved the ball well, cleaned it up defensively and hit the boards hard tonight.”

Mallory Turner had another solid night with 12 points, seven rebounds and three steals for Cortland. Claire Turner added four points as eight different players figured in the Purple Tiger scoring.

Miriam Zoghby scored 12 points for Jamesville-DeWitt. Isabella Sindoni chipped in with 10 points.