Norwich reclaims Pennysaver title

NORWICH – Sometimes okay is good enough.

Norwich was okay at times on the offensive end, while its defense was plenty good enough in a 36-32 win over Greene Saturday for the Norwich/Sidney Pennysaver tourney championship. Last year the Trojans prevailed over the Tornado in a tight matchup. “We’re obviously thrilled to death to be the Pennysaver champions,” said Norwich coach Bob Branham, who thanked Mark Abbott and Krista Porter for assuming the head coaching duties Friday. “If nothing else, we have this one title under our belts.”

The Tornado grabbed a 9-7 lead after one period, and they maintained a grasp on the advantage, even when Greene was poised to take control.

Down to Norwich 22-18 at halftime, Greene had two possessions, – with Norwich leading 24-23 – to grab the lead. Minda Moore hit a free throw for the Tornado to extend the margin to two, and tourney MVP Alicia Testani canned her fourth three ball of the game to up the lead to five ending the threat. Adding to the margin were Kyra Collier, who connected on a post-up move after a pass from Krissie Collier, and Moore converted a three-point play on a fast break getting a pinpoint pass from Testani.

“Their big girls were able to hurt us a little bit during a part of the third quarter, and they just had a little more firepower than us tonight,” said Greene coach Bill Case. “We’re a young team, and we continue to get better and better.

Branham knew the post-up game was to his team’s advantage with Kyra Collier and Moore taller than their Greene defenders. “We got away a bit from the inside game in the first half, but fortunately we did enough in that little stretch of the third quarter to carry us through.”

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