Norwich 43, Owego 39
NORWICH – The sixth lead change in the fourth quarter was the one that clinched Norwich’s victory, who outlasted a game Owego team that had one starter out with an injury, and two others foul out in the fourth quarter.
Owego’s 6-foot-2 freshman Rachel Merrill put her team up 37-35 with 2:13 left scoring inside on a nice post-up move that led to a 5-foot bank shot. After a pair of defensive stops, Norwich took the lead when Molly DeMellier penetrated and dished to junor forward Hailey Dietrich. Dietrich split two defenders and was fouled after scoring the tying basket. Dietrich put the Tornado up 38-37 when she canned a free throw.
Owego, coming out of a timeout, answered one final time when Sam Watson hit a short-range shot on an out-of-bounds play making it 39-38. Norwich pushed the ball up the floor quickly as Hannah Runyon fed Bryn Loomis, who drove and dished out to DeMellier in the left corner. DeMellier swished her only basket of the game to give NHS the lead. Down the stretch, Norwich made 3-of-4 foul shots, and Dietrich created a key turnover with seven seconds left forcing a jump ball. Runyon’s two free throws capped the scoring.
“We kind of struggled offensively throughout the game,” said Norwich coach Josh Bennett. “In the second half, we just found a way to get defensive stops. In a couple of cases we were fortunate to draw fouls on their key offensive players, who fouled out.”
Runyon had 17 points for Norwich (11-2) who have won five games in a row. The Tornado also forced 23 Owego turnovers. Runyon led with four steals.
Norwich hosts Windsor tonight. Before the game, the Tornado will recognize seniors Runyon and DeMellier.
Owego: Caitlin Simpson, 1 1-2-3; Alaina Jenkins, 1 0-0-2; Courtney Malia, 1 2-2-4; Olivia Bishop, 1 2-2-4; Brittany Rando, 2 1-3-5 Rachel Merrill, 4 4-5-12; Sam Watson, 3 3-4-9; Bridget Quarana, 0. Totals: 13 13-18-39
Norwich: Jennifer Borfitz, 0 3-4-3; Brooke Bonney, 1 0-2-2; Cassie Sutton, 0; Molly DeMellier, 1 0-0-2; Bryn Loomis, 2 2-4-6; Hailey Dietrich, 3 1-1-7; Sophie Stewart, 2 2-2-6; Hannah Runyon, 4 8-14-17. Totals: 13 16-27-43.
Owe. 5 15 8 11–39
NHS 10 12 7 14–43
Fouled out: (O) Merritt, Rando. Three-point goals: (N) Runyon, (O) none. JV: Owego won. Officials: J. Bennett, P. O’Connor.
Oxford 42, Greene 33
GREENE – Oxford had a response for every Greene comeback attempt in winning its seventh straight game Saturday afternoon.
Oxford’s pressure defense in the opening quarter forced eight Greene turnovers, while staking the Blackhawks to a 13-3 lead.
The Trojans whittled the Oxford lead back to 21-17 late in the second quarter only to give up baskets to Oxford’s Haley Witchella and Julie Heggie. “It was disappointing to play such a good second quarter, but still only knock two points of their lead,” said Greene coach Dave Gorton. “Our experience showed in the first half, and it took a while for our kids to adjust.
Oxford saw its comfortable lead dwindle to 29-26 after Greene’s Andrea Day hit one of her two three-pointers in the game. Immediately after that, Witchella closed the quarter on a personal 7-0 run. Witchella hit a three, had a steal and a layup, and added another layup.
“Haley hurt us in the second half,” Gorton said. “She’s so fast and she jumps the passing lanes. When a six-footer jumps passing lanes its unexpected. The only other time we see that is when we face Hannah Kimmel (Harpursville).”
Witchella had 13 of her team’s 17 points in the second half finishing with a game-high 19. Heggie scored 11 to aid the effort.
Kaitlin Gorton had four of Greene’s seven three balls leading her club with 14 points.
Greene hosts Unatego tonight.
Oxford: Emily Smith, 0, Allie Nelson, 0; Ginny Burdick, 1 0-0-3, Jackie Heggie, 2 0-2-4, Julie Heggie, 5 1-1-11; Kayla Golden, 0; Lacey Barry, 2 0-0-5, Brooke Noble, 0, Haley Witchella, 7 4-6-19. Totals: 17 5-9-42.
Greene: Rachel Turner, 0; Andrea Day, 2 0-0-6; Emily Conroe, 0; Jessica Brooks, 0; Kaitlin Gorton, 5 0-0-14; Rebecca Smith, 3 1-2-8; Natalie Greene, 1 0-0-2; Shannon Gregory, 1 1-2-3. Totals: 12 2-4-33.