Norwich 52, Vestal 46 (OT)
JOHNSON CITY – A stunning comeback in the final minute allowed Norwich to force overtime, and from there, the Tornado dominated Vestal in the extra period to win Wednesday’s contest in the Pete Hyde Coaches Versus Cancer Classic.
Norwich trailed the Golden Bears by five when Jennifer Borfitz dished to Hailey Dietrich for a layup paring the deficit to three. Following a defensive stop, Norwich set up for a two-point basket with the intent of immediately fouling Vestal after the made basket.
A loose ball was knocked out of bounds with 13 seconds left forcing Norwich to attempt a three-pointer for the tie. Bryn Loomis came off a double screen, and buried the tying three ball from a foot beyond the top of the key.
Early in the overtime session, Borfitz scored on a layup, and Loomis completed a three-point play to establish a five-point advantage. “We played Union-Endicott really tough the night before, and Vestal was no slouch tonight,” said Norwich coach Josh Borfitz. “I think this whole tournament was a big confidence boost for us.”
Loomis scored 18 points to lead Norwich, Borfitz tossed in 13, and Dietrich had nine. Norwich is idle until next Friday when it visits Windsor.
Vestal: Kamize, 0; Jessica Shelt, 1 3-5-6; Patterson, 4 3-4-12; Mullins, 3 3-4-9; Jen. Shelt, 3 0-0-6; Brustein, 2 2-10-7; Ulrich, 2 2-4-6. Totals: 15 11-25-46.
Norwich: Miranda Costin, 0; Breanna Cashman, 2 2-2-6; Sydney Chaffee, 2 00-4; Jenny Borfitz, 4 5-10-13; Bryn Loomis, 6 4-6-18; Hailey Dietrich, 3 3-5-9; Sophie Stewart, 1 0-0-2; Taylor Cook, 0. Totals: 18 14-23-52.
Score by half OT
Norwich 22 22 8–52
Vestal 21 23 2–46
Fouled out: (N) Dietrich, Stewart. Three-pointers: (N) Loomis 2, (V) Jess Shelt, Brustein.
Cazenovia 41, Sherburne-Earlville 36 (OT)
NEW BERLIN – Cazenovia advanced to the finals of the Unadilla Valley Tournament, and will play the Storm in the championship game at 6:15 p.m. tonight.
The Lakers hit 5-of-6 free throws in the overtime period, and Kaitlin Gerber added a single bucket.
Sherburne-Earlville had its second straight poor shooting performance from the perimeter, although senior forward Cassie Beaver continued her torrid play on the interior finishing with 20 points and 14 rebounds.
“We did a good job defensively holding them in the 30s for four quarters, but offensively, we’re just in a shooting slump,” said S-E coach Karen Mulligan.
The Marauders play Hancock in the consolation game at 2:45 p.m.
Cazenovia: Kristie Klein, 2 3-5-7; Courtney Maxwell, 1 0-0-2; Colleen Dougherty, 4 4-6-12; Jessica Bubb, 0; Caroline Franz, 0; Maggie Carpenter, 4 0-0-8; Kaitlin Gerber, 1 2-4-4; Sally Langan, 2 4-6-8. Totals: 14 13-21-41.
S-E: Sierra Morris, 1 0-0-2; Briana Vibbard, 2 0-0-4; Jordan VanAlthuis, 0 2-2-2; Mikayla Solloway, 3 0-1-6; Karly Wagner, 0; Katherine Robertson, 1 0-0-2; Ashley Eaton, 0; Kelsie Christian, 0; Sarah Cole, 0; Cassie Beaver, 10 0-0-20. Totals: 17 2-3-36.