The Cortland High girls’ varsity basketball team closed out the decade with a methodical non-league win Monday inside Shafer Gymnasium.
The Purple Tigers took the lead in the first quarter and did everything needed to post a 46-39 victory over Moravia to improve to 7-1 overall. The Blue Devils from the Interscholastic Athletic Conference slip to 2-3 overall.
The Purple Tigers used a balanced scoring effort to take a 14-10 lead in the first quarter. Shyanne Lewis led the way with five points while Kaitlyn Pratt, Lyndsie Babcock and Paige Ludwig each netted three points.
Cortland got some breathing room with a 9-3 advantage in the second quarter to take a 23-13 lead into the halftime locker room. The Purple Tigers held a 10 point advantage as the third quarter ended at 35-25 and maintained their composure through the fourth quarter.
“Tonight was a tough game as the girls have had nine days off since their last game,” Cortland coach Nolan Sinclair said. “They made all the necessary plays to get a big nonleague win over a strong program. The Moravia team is extremely well coached and they play very hard. Our girls did an excellent job of running our offense and being patient against the Moravia press. Our seniors played big tonight.”
As for those seniors, Lewis finished with a game high 15 points, nine steals and five rebounds. Babcock added 12 points and seven rebounds while Pratt had seven points, five rebounds and two steals.
“Junior Paige Ludwig was also truly significant for us tonight,” Sinclair said. “Paige came up with two huge offensive rebounds and put backs when we needed it most in the fourth quarter. I couldn’t be more proud of the girls effort tonight and I look forward to our next challenge.”
Ludwig had seven points, seven rebounds and two steals.
Madison Kelly paced Moravia with 14 points. Kiersten Short added nine points and Katherine Baylor netted seven points.
Cortland will dive back into its SCAC Empire Division schedule in one week. The Purple Tigers travel to Auburn next Monday for a 6:30 p.m. contest. The JVs tip off at 5 p.m.
Cortland JV girls followed the varsity team’s blueprint by taking a 10-9 lead in the first quarter and slowly getting enough of an advantage over the remaining three quarters to post a 38-31 victory over Moravia Monday. The Junior Tigers are now 6-2 overall with the win.
“We came into this game knowing they would press us most of the game and run the floor,” Cortland coach Janice Meyer said. “We focused on ball protection, patience and rerouting their run game. We played four solid quarters defensively and our patience on offense led to some real good basketball. The win is great, but to see the improvement on the floor with such a young team is where I am most proud.”
Kendall Mack netted 18 points and pulled down seven rebounds to lead the Cortland attack. Mallory Turner added 15 points and six rebounds.
“Kendall showed great leadership and game management on the floor,” Meyer said. “Mallory played well. Valerosa Gambitta executed offensively and defensively to a “T” and her positioning and patience on put us in great opportunities to score.”
Allison Kehoe led Moravia with nine points. Kayleigh Utter added eight points and Chloe Hanson was held to six points.