Cortland-Homer Varsity Girls Basketball Rivalry Does not Disappoint!

Last night, the Cortland varsity girls basketball team took on County rival Homer for what turned out to be an exciting game. It was a hard fought game, and the Cortland Tigers got away with a close 33-30 win. 

Both teams excelled at defense throughout the game. The Homer Trojans led the Tigers 12-13 at the half. 

Things then started to pick up in the third quarter, with Homer getting a six point lead (12-18) three minutes into the quarter. The Lady Tigers would then begin to come back late in the quarter to make it a four point game (18-22) going into the fourth.

With about four minutes left in the game, the Lady Tigers took back the lead (25-24) after senior point guard Shyane Lewis stole a pass and got the and-one (three point play). On the next play, fellow senior Lyndsie Babcock scored a three pointer to make it a four point lead.

Homer junior Katlyn Sovocool answered back with about two minutes left by getting herself to the line. She hit the first free throw and missed the second, which was rebounded by herself to assist fellow junior Annika Ross to put it back and make it a one point game (28-27). 

The game was kept close until the very end with Cortland winning 33-30. 

Cortland was led by Kaitlyn Pratt and Babcock with eight points a piece. Pratt also ended the game with 13 rebounds. Shyanne Lewis had five points, 19 rebounds, and five steals. 

Ross led the Trojans, after finishing the game with 11 points. Sophomore Gracie Patriarco would follow by scoring six, while Sovocool scored four. 

“Both teams were playing really hard,” said Cortland Head Coach Nolan Sinclair. “There were lots of turnovers on both sides, but it wasn’t for lack of hustle or lack of heart. It was both teams giving everything they had.” 

“I think that our defense was absolutely phenomenal,” said Homer Head Coach CJ Kudla. “We gave up too many opportunities on offense and missed too many shots.”

Up next, Cortland (12-1) will be going against Jamesville-Dewitt on the road on Tuesday, January 28th at 7 pm., while Homer (5-9) hosts Solvay on Tuesday, January 28th at 6:30 pm.

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