By Rob Tetro
The Fulton girls’ varsity basketball team went 1-2 in its first 3 games of the season.
On Dec. 3, Fulton fell to perennial power Jamesville-DeWitt 58-30, lost to Cortland 59-42 on Dec. 6 but then beat Fowler 55-40 on Dec. 10.
Perennial power J-D built an 11-point lead in the first quarter of its game with the Lady Raiser and added to its lead during the second quarter.
They outscored the Lady Raiders by 4 points to take a 23-8 lead into halftime. J-D put the game out of reach during the third quarter, outscoring Fulton by 17 points to extend their lead to 32 points.
Fulton battled back and cut into Jamesville-DeWitt’s lead in the fourth quarter. But the lead Fulton faced proved to be insurmountable as J-D won.
Fulton was led by Nicole Hansen with 11 points, followed by Mallory Clark and Micheala Whiteman with 6 points each. Sydney Gilmore added 5 points and Kwadaysha Coney chipped in 2 points.
In the Cortland game, after a competitive first quarter, Cortland had a 6-point lead and then expanded its lead during the second quarter, outscoring Fulton by 4 points to go into halftime with a 30-20 lead.
The third quarter proved to be the most competitive quarter of the game. Cortland outscored the Lady Raiders by only a point to extend its lead to 11 points. Cortland put the game out of reach during the third quarter, outscoring the Lady Raiders by 6 points down the stretch to cap off a 59-42 win.
Leading the way for Fulton was Sydney Gilmore with 13 points. Nicole Hansen had 11 points. Courtney Parker scored 8 points, Micheala Whiteman scored 7 points and Jennah Lamb and Hunter Hartranft combined to score 3 points.
Fulton’s first win came when they jumped out to a 6-point lead against Fowler in the first quarter.
After a hard fought second quarter, Fulton was able to maintain its 6-point advantage while taking a 27-21 lead into halftime.
The Lady Raiders pulled away during the third quarter, outscoring Fowler by 9 points to expand its lead to 15 points. Despite a respectable effort during the fourth quarter, Fowler was unable to cut into the deficit they faced as Fulton rolled to a 55-40 win.
The Lady Raiders were led by Micheala Whiteman with 12 points, followed by Sydney Gilmore and Nicole Hansen with 10 points each, Courtney Parker scored 9 points and Jennah Lamb, Kate Myers and Kwadaysha Coney scored 4 points each.