Norwich offense heats up in rout of Blue Devils

Girls’ Basketball

NORWICH – While the weather outside dipped below zero Friday night, Norwich’s offense reached the lower 90s inside Jack Jones Gymnasium.

The Tornado scored their highest point total in at least 20 seasons as everyone on the roster found the scoring column in a 92-28 blowout of a young Chenango Forks club.

Down 4-2 to the Blue Devils less than 90 seconds in, the Purple Tornado’s relentless full-court pressure forced 10 Forks turnovers in the first quarter. Norwich went on a 16-0 run over a four-minute stretch of the first quarter to quickly pull away. That spurt was complemented by a 9-0 spurt in the second quarter and a 14-0 salvo in the third.



Jennifer Borfitz scored 19 points in the victory, reserve Caitlyn Brown hit four three-pointers on her way a career-high 14 points, Carin Kuhn netted 12, and Breanna Cashman had 10. The Norwich bench totaled 43 points to easily outdistance the Blue Devils’ collective output.

“We did a great job of finding the open man and knocking down shots,” said Norwich coach Josh Bennett after the win. “We also did a much better job with receiving passes.”

Norwich’s junior varsity set the tone for prolific night of offense reaching 50 points by halftime in a 75-21 whitewashing. Bridget Murphy scored 21 points in the win, Gabby Mirabito had 12, and Macalyn Bonner 10.

Chenango Forks: Taylor Gibbore, 2 0-0-6; Sara Clark, 0; Alex Yoest, 5 1-2-11; Haley Benscoter, 0; Alyssa Bubniak, 0; Lyndsey Stone, 3 0-0-7; Tara Grospin, 0; Kayla Williams, 0; Hanna Layton, 0; Alaijah Cheeseman, 2 0-0-4. Totals: 12 1-2-28.

Norwich: Carin Kuhn, 6 0-0-12; Caitlyn Brown, 5 0-0-14; Breanna Cashman, 5 0-1-10; Alexis Race, 3 0-0-6; Jennifer Borfitz, 5 6-7-19; Kassidy Seary, 3 0-0-6; Makenzie Maynard, 3 3-3-9; Meghan Komendarek, 0 2-2-2; Ashley Murphy, 1 0-0-2; Savannah Williams, 1 1-2-4; Shelby Benjamin, 3 0-0-6; Courtney Scheer, 0 2-4-2. Totals: 35 14-19-92.

CFks 10 4 7 7–28

Nor. 25 19 30 18–92

Fouled out: none. Three-point goals: (CF) Stone, Gibbore 2. (N) Brown 4, Borfitz 3, Williams. JV: Norwich won 75-21. Officials: Greene, Haynes.


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