It was a full night of basketball at Cortland Junior-Senior High School Tuesday.
The Purple Tiger girls’ basketball team won the opening game of a SCAC Empire Division varsity doubleheader in Shafer Gymnasium by a 44-39 count over Fulton. The Cortland varsity boys were not as fortunate as they dropped a 61-43 decision to the Red Raiders.
Cortland girls 44, Fulton 39: Cortland (4-1 division, 10-1 overall) built a 14-10 lead in the first quarter. The Purple Tigers continued to work hard and pushed their advantage to 26-19 by halftime. Fulton (1-4, 6-6) tried to mount a comeback in the second half, but Cortland did what was necessary to keep its lead and recorded the win.
Lyndsie Babcock posted a double-double to lead the Purple Tigers. Babcock scored 11 points and pulled down 10 rebounds to go with three blocked shots and two steals. Kaitlyn Pratt netted 10 points and grabbed eight rebounds. Kirsten Merritt and Shyanne Lewis added seven and six points respectively.
Madison Gilmore was the top scorer from Fulton with 11 points. Joann Levea chipped in with nine points and Alena Wright scored eight points for the Red Raiders.
Cortland will return to SCAC Empire Division action Friday. The Purple Tigers head to East Syracuse-Minoa for a 6:45 p.m. game. The JV game tips off at 5 p.m.
Fulton boys 61, Cortland 43: The complexion of this game all changed in the second half.
Cortland (2-4 division, 5-5 overall) had an 8-7 lead after one quarter, but Fulton (4-3, 8-3) snatched a 21-20 edge by halftime. The Red Raiders took control with a 23-12 edge in third quarter. Fulton took a 44-32 advantage into the fourth quarter and continued to expand its advantage.
“We knew we were going to have our hands full tonight,” Cortland coach Jeremy Milligan said. “Fulton was coming off a huge win against Central Square last week. I’m proud of the way the Purple Tigers competed for two and half quarters of action. We learned a valuable lesson tonight in making sure we keep a calm and cool head at all times, especially in a close back and forth ball game. I’m confident that for a young team, this is a lesson that will stick with them the rest of their basketball years, a teachable moment. The bottom line is Fulton was able to make a few more plays down the stretch the last 12 minutes of the game.”
Tyler Blake scored eight points and grabbed eight rebounds to lead the Purple Tigers. Noah Armstrong added eight points to Cortland attack. Jaden Fitch netted seven points and snared five rebounds.
Jack Broderick would lead Fulton with 21 points. Marcus Shepard added 14 points to the Red Raiders’ total and Dom Abbott collected 10 points.
Cortland will face another stiff test Friday. The Purple Tigers will host East Syracuse-Minoa at 6:45 p.m. in Shafer Gymnasium. The JV game will start at 5 p.m. Fulton JV boys 41, Cortland 35: Emerson Johnson led Cortland with eight points. Nick Sutton scored seven points and collected 14 rebounds.
“There were times when we executed very well tonight,” Cortland coach Tom Murphy said. “I have no complaints with how my team competes, our kids care. We simply need to learn from these experiences and get a little better every day.”