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Lakers Beat Panthers 75-65

Lakers Beat Panthers 75-65

DRYDEN, NY -- Finger Lakes Community College defeated Tompkins Cortland Community College, 75-65, on Saturday in Women's Basketball. The Lakers improved their conference record to 4-2. Finger Lakes is now 7-9 on the season.

Finger Lakes got out to a quick lead thanks to pesky defense and good passing. Ryenn Smith would steal the ball and find Alexis Maiorano for the basket. Ashley Armstrong would then force a steal and take it all the way for the two points. Finger Lakes' defense continued to force steals and they controlled the glass against the Panthers. The Lakers would also take advantage of the free throw line as they scored 12 of their first 24 points from the line and led 24-11 halfway through the first. Tompkins Cortland would go on an 11-0 run to get back in the game. A Kelly Broderick three would answer the run and push the Laker lead back to eight points with five minutes left in the half. Finger Lakes would carry a 37-32 lead into halftime.

Ashley Armstrong led the Lakers with 12 points. Casey Dean added 10 points and six rebounds.

The teams would trade baskets to start the second half. Casey Dean would drain a three and that was followed by a deep two by Alexis Maiorano to give Finger Lakes a 10 point lead with 17 minutes to play. The Panthers would hang around however. They would go on an 11-2 run to make it 47-46 Finger Lakes. Ashley Armstrong would convert a three point play to end the run and hold the lead. That would not last though, as Tompkins Cortland would come back to tie it and then take the lead, 55-53 with six minutes to play. The rest would be all Finger Lakes. Alex Shepard would make a basket, and that would be followed by a pair of Dean baskets. Ryenn Smith would get open down low for a pair of baskets and Finger Lakes would hit their free throws. The Lakers outscored the Panthers 22-10 over the final six minutes for the 75-65 victory.

Ashley Armstong finished with 23 points for the Lakers. It was her second straight game breaking the 20 point plateau. A bulk of her scoring on Saturday came from the free throw line where she was 15-18. Overall the Lakers were 31-39 from the free throw line. Casey Dean had a game and career-high 15 rebounds to go with her 18 points. Alexis Maiorano was also in double-digits with 11 points for the Lakers.

The Lakers return home this Wednesday for a Mid-State Athletic Conference matchup with SUNY Broome. Tipoff from Putt Moore Court is scheduled for 6pm.