Susquehanna Valley 56, Norwich 43
NORWICH – Norwich never found a comfort zone on offense, and Susquehanna Valley not only avenged a double-digit loss to the Tornado earlier this season, but halted the Purple’s four-game winning streak Friday.
“They really did a good job defensively, and we had no flow at all on offense,” said Norwich coach Josh Bennett.
Norwich led by six at the first turn, but the momentum shifted over the final five minutes of the first half. Norwich’s Bryn Loomis made one of two free throws with 5:16 left in the half. That would be Norwich’s last point of the quarter.
Lindsay Haskell hit a three-pointer for SV to knot the game at 21-21, and that basket began 12-0 run that extended into the first minute and a half of the third quarter. Norwich was as close as five points in the third quarter, but failed to make any more of a dent in the Sabers’ lead.
Abigail Hogan scored 20 points for SV, who held a 22-8 advantage from the free throw line, and only allowed seven Norwich steals, its lowest total of the season. “We got an idea of what we wanted to do on offense, but by that point they had gained a lot of confidence,” Bennett said of the second half. “They played very hard and were disciplined. They came into the game with the idea that they were going to knock us off.”
Loomis led Norwich with 14 points. Hailey Dietrich, Brenna Cashman, and Jenni Borfitz all had nine points.
SV: Lindsay Haskell, 3 7-11-14; Katie Shager, 0 1-2-1; Emilie Hogan, 0; Kelsey Dunn, 1 3-4-5; Abigail Hogan, 6 8-10-20; Abby Godbout, 1 0-3-3; Morgan Finch, 0 3-5-3; Maddie Blackman, 0; Brianna Callahan, 5 0-2-10; Sierra Storm, 0. Totals: 16 22-37-56.
Norwich: Miranda Costin, 0; Jenni Borfitz, 2 4-4-9; Breanna Cashman, 4 1-3-9; Cassie Sutton, 0; Sydney Chaffee, 0; Bryn Loomis, 6 2-8-14; Hailey Dietrich, 4 1-5-9; Sophie Stewart, 1 0-0-2; Taylor Cook, 0. Totals: 17 8-20-43.