Cortland varsity girls basketball defeats Dryden at home

Two days after a difficult win against Oswego at home, the Cortland varsity girls basketball team came back home to beat Dryden 53-6 and improve to an overall record of 3-0.

The Purple Tigers had a great game both offensively and defensively with them getting lots of stops throughout the game.

In the first quarter of the game, the Tigers left Dryden scoreless with them acquiring a comfortable 19-0 lead.

Going into the second quarter, Dryden was able to get some shots in. However, not many went in, as the half ended with Cortland leading 33-4.

"We talked a lot before the game about how we played well against Oswego, but we just did not make shots. We didn't score from the field and missed a lot of shots from the foul line." said Cortland head coach Nolan Sinclair. "We really tried to reiterate to the girls that they played well against Oswego, but they just missed shots, and that is going to happen. If those shots fall, we would've been a lot more successful against Oswego. So we just stuck to our game plan, tried to continue to do the things that we know we can do, and the ball went in tonight.

"Defensively, this is our third straight game of us really digging in defensively and I am proud of the girls and their effort."

Going into the second half, the Tigers kept both their defense and offense of energy up, as they held Dryden to two points throughout the whole second half to end the game 53-6.

Sophomore guard, Kirsten Merritt led the Tigers with a total of 16-points throughout the game after going 4-5 from behind the arc. Following Merritt, was junior forward Adrianna Murphy with eight points and seven rebounds.

Defensively, seniors Lyndsie Babcock and Kaitlyn Pratt came out strong, combining for a total of 14 rebounds and three steals. Babcock ended the game with seven points, while Pratt also contributed with four points of her own.

"This was definitely a total team win tonight," coach Sinclair said. "Everyone that got in was successful and worked hard. We did some really good things offensively, we communicated well defensively, and it's a good win because we have one of our biggest games of the year coming up on Friday."

Up next the Tigers will be going against Jamesville-Dewitt at home on Friday, December 13th. The game is scheduled to begin at 6:45 p.m.

Here are some more photos pf last night's game: