Norwich 73, Waverly 49
NORWICH – Waverly played Norwich's type of game, and that proved quite unwise.
The Purple Tornado (13-6) advanced to their third Section IV championship game in four seasons dealing the Wolverines (17-3) just their third loss of the season Saturday at Norwich High School.
NHS will clash with six-time defending sectional champion Oneonta Saturday at the Broome County Veterans Memorial Arena. If Norwich matches the offensive proficiency it exhibited against Wolverine, Oneonta's long reign may be in jeopardy.
"We're very excited to get another shot at Oneonta, and more importantly winning the section," said Norwich coach Josh Bennett. "I feel like we haven't really given them our best yet, and I'm hoping we continue to peak at the right time."
Norwich senior Jennifer Borfitz, playing her final game on Norwich's home floor, had a game-high 23 points, while fellow senior Breanna Cashman netted 13.
Borfitz hit two three-pointers in the first quarter as Norwich constructed a 22-15 advantage. Borfitz and Cashman were instrumental in Norwich's dominant second quarter in which it expanded its lead to 43-23. Cashman scored twice in transition, and Kassidy finished a layup off a pass from Megan Komendarek as Norwich started the second with seven quick points.
Borfitz took over for the next few possessions scoring 11 straight points for Norwich including 7-for-7 from the foul line. Carin Kuhn capped the first-half onslaught pumping in a three ball.
"We knew coming in that (Waverly) was really good, and we had to bring our 'A game' like we did tonight," Borfitz said. "Tonight we had a lot of different players step it up, and we played great offense and great defense. All around, we played really well."
Waverly pressed Norwich through most of the game to force tempo, and was also in a man-to-man defense for the majority of the four quarters. The up-tempo pace and played right into Norwich's hands.