Tompkins Cortland never trailed Saturday, taking a ten-point lead in the first quarter and cruising to 60-42 win over Clinton Community College team. The Panthers are now 2-1 overall and 1-1 in Region III. Clinton is 0-4 overall and in region.
The Panthers jumped out early, scoring the first six points and taking a 14-4 lead midway through the first quarter. The score stood at 15-8 after one quarter, with the margin growing to 29-17 at the half. Tompkins Cortland scored 16 of the first 22 points in the third quarter to push the game out of reach. The lead peaked at 29 points in the fourth quarter before settling in at the final 18-point margin.
Shaylin Heidl (Candor/Candor H.S.) led the Panthers with 16 points while also grabbing eight rebounds. K'Anndra Rhoden (Brentwood/Brentwood H.S.) added 14 points, 5 rebounds, 3 steals, and 2 assists. Shantasia Jeffrey (Harlem/Curtis H.S.) just missed a triple-double with nine rebounds, eight points, and eight steals, adding three assists and three blocks.
The Panthers travel to Jefferson Community College Tuesday for the Mid-State Athletic Conference opener with the Cannoneers.