The Cortland High girls’ basketball team has prided itself on playing solid defense all season long.
That was again the case Tuesday night in Shafer Gymnasium as the fourth seeded Purple Tigers held fifth-seed Whitesboro to 43 points in their Section 3 Class A Tournament quarterfinal-round contest. The trouble was Cortland had trouble scoring points of its own and that resulted in a 43-28 loss to the Warriors and an end to the 2019- 20 season.
“We had a tough matchup versus Whitesboro,” Cortland coach Nolan Sinclair said. “The ladies gave their all in a low scoring affair. Whitesboro was only the fourth team to score over 39 points against us the whole season. We unfortunately struggled to score against their zone. Whitesboro is a king team. Their 3-2 defense was outstanding. Whitesboro is very well coached and they were efficient on both the offensive and defensive ends of the floor.”
Cortland trailed 10-7 after the first quarter before Whitesboro (13-8) drilled four 3-pointers in the second quarter. Alana Batson and Kiley Snow each hit two treys for the Warriors as Whitesboro held the Purple Tigers two baskets and used its 15-4 scoring advantage to pull out to a 25-11 halftime lead.
That proved to be the difference in the game. Cortland (13-7) outscored Whiteboro 18-17 in the second half, but could not make up the deficit.
Snow scored a game-high 15 points for Whitesboro. Cecilia Lapertosa chipped in with 13 points for the Warriors.
Shyanne Lewis led the Cortland offense with eight points. Lyndsie Babcock and Paige Ludwig each helped out with seven points. Lewis scored six of her points in the second half while Babcock netted all her points in the second half. Conversely, Ludwig collected all her points in the first half.
“I couldn’t be more proud of the girls tonight,” Sinclair said. “They played extremely hard. We had an outstanding season. Whenever you lose your final game, it feels like the season was unsuccessful, it truly wasn’t. This year, we won 13 games which is the highest total in the last five to six years. It was a pleasure to coach this team.”