Norwich 84, Chenango Forks 42
NORWICH – Norwich was as good offensively in the first half as it has been all season, and that was bad news for Chenango Forks in Friday’s matchup.
Makenzie Maynard scored 16 points to lead four Norwich players in double figures. Courtney Scheer came off the bench to score a career-high 15, and forwards Meghan Komendarek along with Shelby Benjamin scored 11 apiece.
Norwich forced 18 Chenango Forks turnovers in the first half to construct a 50-24 halftime advantage. Maynard had 12 of her points in the first half, Komendarek scored eight, and three others had seven points during the scoring barrage.
"There was good intensity and a lot of our girls grew tonight on the defensive end in terms of understanding assignments and rotating very well," said Norwich coach Josh Bennett. "They definitely had trouble with our pressure. When they did beat our press, we had people on the weak side hustling back to stop their transition."
After giving up the first bucket of the game, Norwich commenced a 15-2 run to take control. Topping off the spurt, Maynard hit a three, she then scored on a baseline drive, and Komendarek picked off a pass near midcourt and cruised in for a layup.
Norwich ratcheted up the pressure two minutes into the second quarter whilst holding a 26-16 advantage. Komendarek scored off a Benjamin feed, and Benjamin scored on a traditional three-point play to nearly double the lead.
Scheer came off the bench to score seven points in the last 3 1/2 minutes of the first half, and the first half finished on a perfect inbounds play in which Komendarek scored on a layup with one second left.