Strong second half carries NHS past CV

Evening Sun Report

Girls’ Basketball

Norwich 55, Chenango Valley 36

FENTON – For the fifth time this season, Norwich bounced back from a close loss.

The Tornado (9-5) dominated the second half led by senior Jennifer Borfitz in beating the Warriors for the second time this season on Friday.

CV’s Chelsea Henige hit a three at the halftime buzzer to give her team a three-point lead. From there, it was all NHS. “We made some defensive adjustments in the second half, and the girls implemented them perfectly,” said Norwich coach Josh Bennett. “Plus, we wore them down a bit in the second half.”



Borfitz was limited to free throws in the first half, but cashed in on all five of her field goals in the third scoring 12 of Norwich’s 17 points to flip the momentum in the Tornado’s favor. Borfitz finished with a game-high 20 points.

Megan Komendarek scored in every quarter for Norwich adding 10 points, and Shelby Benjamin added eight.

Norwich: Carin Kuhn, 2 0-0-4; Caitlyn Brown, 0; Breanna Cashman, 1 3-4-6; Alexis Race, 0; Jennifer Borfitz, 5 9-12-20; Kassidy Seary, 2 3-4-7; Makenzie Maynard, 0; Meghan Komendarek, 3 4-6-10; Ashley Murphy, 0; Savannah Williams, 0; Shelby Benjamin, 3 2-2-8; Courtney Scheer, 0. Totals: 16 21-28-55.

CV: Maggie Gross, 0 1-2-1; Dani Forbidussi, 3 0-0-7; Jennifer Kipp,2 0-0-4 ; Olivia Trumino, 1 1-2-3; Emily Hammond, 1 3-7-5; Chelsea Henige, 2 1-2-6; Hannah Elliott, 0 2-4-2; Ashleigh Weir, 3 2-2-8. Totals: 12 10-19-36.

Norwich 13 9 17 16–55

CVa. 13 12 6 5–36

Fouled out: none. Three-point goals: (CV) Henige, Forbidussi, (N) Borfitz, Cashman. JV: CV won 43-38. Officials: Ehrie, C. Miller.

Sherburne-Earlville 54, Central Valley Academy 49

ILION – Winners by 40 points over CVA earlier this season, S-E needed a three from Jordan van Althuis and two free throws from Stacia Beckwith in the last two minutes to secure the victory Friday.

The unbeaten Marauders (15-0) were without their top three-point shooters, Savannah Irwin and Mattie Dowdall, and that duo also serves as a big component in the Marauders’ pressbreaker. “We had some kids in different postions, and we turned it over more (against their press) than we normally would have,” said S-E coach Karen Mulligan. “Teams playing you a second time, they know you better and what to take away. We knew it would be a harder game tonight.”


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