The Purple Tigers boys basketball team wasn’t the only team that found itself in a shootout.
Offensive displays weren’t limited to basketball, either.
Homer 64, Cazenovia 36
The Trojans led throughout the game, including shutting out Cazenovia 22-0 in the first quarter, which ballooned to a 29-0 lead before Cazenovia finally got on the board in the second quarter.
“I think we were a little fired up coming in,” Trojans coach C.J. Kudla said. “Many teams can get up by that much and lose focus of the big picture of ‘Are we using this to get better?’ We weren’t ourselves in Chittenango a few nights ago and we really let ourselves down. Tonight they answered the call. Great shooting and family-style basketball. Like I tell my second-graders, ‘we win when we share.’”
Gracie Patriarco led all scorers with 22 points, three rebounds and three steals. Catherine Apker had a double-double with 12 points, 11 rebounds and three assists. Sarah Sovocool had 14 points, five rebounds, five assists and five steals, and her sister Katlyn had 12 points, seven assists and four steals. Skaneateles 46, Cortland 32
Margaret Starr finished with 10 points, and Danielle Benjamin and Mallory Turner both finished with six points, but it was not enough for the Purple Tigers to overcome the Lakers on the road.
“We fought hard against a tough team,” Purple Tigers coach Janice Meyer said. “Our defense has made huge improvements but it did not lead to enough offensive opportunities that we needed. We struggle protecting the basketball and keeping longer possessions that hurts our offensive opportunities and doubles our time on defense. It’s hard to keep up our defensive intensity after 3 back to back games and spending as much time on defense as we have to play.”
DeRuyter 91, Otselic Valley 48
The Rockets scored 29 points in the first quarter and 37 points in the third quarter for one of their highest outputs and biggest wins of the season.
Gavin Richardson led all scorers with a double-double (29 points, 10 rebounds, five assists, three steals, two blocks). Tristan Worlock added 25 points, six rebounds, three assists and four steals. Ben Barnes added eight points and six assists and Justin Foster had eight points and five rebounds.
Cortland-Homer 7, Auburn 6 (OT)
The Golden Eagles survived a scare from the Maroons, as they were up 5-2 going into the third period before the Maroons scored four goals in the final 15 minutes to force overtime.
At the 4:45 mark of overtime, Jed Brazo scored his third goal of the game to allow Golden Eagles fans to exhale with the victory.
Brazo wasn’t the only Golden Eagle with a hat trick. Hunter Everle picked up three goals of his own, and Tanner Douglass picked up a goal and an assist.
Brazo’s hat trick moved him into second place on the all-time Golden Eagles scoring list.