Cortland varsity girls basketball dominates Carthage at home

The Cortland varsity girls basketball team came out with a dominating 53-12 win over the Carthage Comets last night in order to improve to a 5-1 overall record.

The Cortland Lady Tigers came out strong right from the start of the game. As they were able to get the ball moving and apply much defensive pressure.

"We talked a lot leading into the game about really having a strong focus defensively and play a little bit quicker offensively," said Cortland head coach Nolan Sinclair. "Our transition was much better and then in the half court, the way that we moved the ball from side to side was much better. It allowed us to find the open girl much faster.”

The Lady Tigers already had a 21-point lead (23-2) by the end of the first quarter. Cortland would then hold Carthage to one point in the second quarter to get a comfortable 31-3 lead to end the first half.

Coming into the second half, the Tigers kept their dominating ways with their spectacular offense and defense of play to beat the Comets 53-12.

Cortland senior Shyanne Lewis led the Tigers with a total of 11-points to go along with her two assists and two rebounds. Not only did Lewis have a great game offensively, but defensively as well, as she also recorded eight steals throughout the game.

"She (Lewis) is just energy," stated coach Sinclair. "When she is at the top of our press, she gets her hands on so many basketballs. Not only does she get a lot of steals, but she deflects so many passes. She is just relentless defensively and I enjoy watching when she really gets going."

"I was able to do a great job to help my teammates tonight," said Lewis. "I always try to give good defensive effort, because I know that I am quick with my hands, so that is one of my strengths along with a lot of my other teammates. The defense of end is where I usually have my highest performance, because a lot of steals lead to a lot of points."

Following Lewis was sophomore Kirsten Merritt who also ended the game with 11-points. Nine of them coming off from behind the arch. Senior Kaitlyn Pratt also had a great game, as she recorded 10-points to go along with her six rebounds, two steals, and two assists.

Up next, the Lady Tigers will be on the road as they travel to Watertown today, Saturday, December 21st, 2019. The game is scheduled to begin at 2:30 p.m.

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