Panthers Open New Gym with Win
Dryden—The TC3 women’s basketball team opened the college's new gymnasium in fine fashion Thursday, posting a come-from-behind 53-43 win over Jamestown Community College-Cattaraugus. The win snapped a 20-game home losing streak for TC3, dating back to 2005. The game was the season opener for both teams.
The game opened with TC3 taking an early 7-0 lead. Diana Leifsson (Half Hollow Hills High School East/Melville) scored the first points in the gym, draining a three-pointer 59 seconds into the game. The visitors responded with an 11-0 run to take the lead. The Jaguars stayed in the lead the rest of the half, pushing the bulge to 24-16 at the break.
The second half opened with another TC3 run. Leifsson capped the 10-0 run with another three-pointer, giving the Panthers a 26-24 lead with 17:22 left. The teams traded the lead until Jamestown-Cattaraugus moved out to 41-35 lead with 6:01 to play.
The Panthers started the final comeback with layup by Tasha Chamberlain (Elmira Free Academy/Elmira) and a three-point play by Melissa McArdle (Naples H.S./Naples). A layup by Meghan Taylor (Delaware Academy/Delhi) with 3:00 to play gave TC3 the lead for good at 42-41. The Panthers went 6-6 from the free throw line the rest of the way to seal the victory.
Jenn Iler (Owego Free Academy/Apalachin) led TC3 with 15 points. Taylor pulled down 18 rebounds while Alyssa Drake (Moravia H.S./Locke) grabbed 12 boards.
Christine Sweitzer led the Jaguars with 17 points.
The Panthers play at the SUNY Delhi Bronco Invitational this weekend.
Jenn Iler. Darl Zehr Photography
Alyssa Drake. Darl Zehr Photography