Harlem leads Oneonta past NHS girls

Girls’ Basketball

Oneonta 59, Norwich 44

NORWICH – For nearly three quarters, Norwich gave STAC powerhouse Oneonta all it could handle.

Senior all-star guard Madie Harlem took control of the game over a five-minute span that started with back-to-back three balls at the end of the third, and extended to the midway point of the fourth quarter. In that time frame, she scored 12 of her game-high 22 points, and a 34-31 lead grew to 55-35 by the time she took a seat for the night.

“Our defender didn’t go above the screen on their pick-and-roll, and Harlem hurt us,” said Norwich coach Krista Porter. “Harlem is probably one of the top guards in STAC this year.”

Norwich, with just one win a season ago, stood almost even-up with Oneonta, and seemed to get a big basket whenever the ‘Jackets looked to assert control. An early five-point surge in the third quarter capped by Elisha Eddy’s basket gave Norwich its last lead, 26-25 with six minutes left in the stanza.

Later in the quarter, after Oneonta began to find its rhythm, a three ball by Tatyana Ithier and a put-back deuce from Adrienne Sharpe kept the game within three points.

Eddy led Norwich with 14 points and sophomore Hannah Runyon netted 11. “I told them after the game they had nothing to hang their heads about,” Porter said. “We stuck with them most of the game. We’re just learning and they’re and experienced team that is well-coached. We’re hoping next time to make it even closer.”

In the junior varsity matchup, Bryn Loomis had 24 points in Norwich’s 47-32 win. Norwich (1-1) plays at Johnson City Tuesday.

Oneonta: Madie Harlem 8 4-4 22, Sienna Wisse 2 4-4 10, Lesley Harlem 2 0-0 5, Meredith Ridgway 4 4-4 12, Erin Wolstenholme 3 0-0 6, Kasondra Hughes 0 0-0 0, Jenn Dilello 0 0-0 0, Kate Bredin 0 0-0 0, Val Ridgway 1 0-0 2, Nicki Miosky 1 0-0 2. Totals: 21 12-12-59.

Norwich: Sarah Bonnell 1 0-2 2, Molly DeMellier 0 0-0 0, Elisha Eddy 6 2-5 14, Tatayana Ithier 2 1-1 6, Hannah Runyon 3 4-4 11, Adrienne Sharpe 2 2-7 6, Gabby Testani 1 0-0 2, Michelle Testani 1 0-0 3, Kanako Tokuume 0 0-0 0. Totals: 16 9-19-44.

OHS 10 15 15 19-59

NHS 8 13 10 13-44

Three-point field goals: (O) M. Harlem 2, Wisse 2, L. Harlem; (N) Ithier, Runyon, M. Testani. Officials: Hendrickson, Fletcher. JV: Norwich won 47-32.

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