Turnovers Plague Oxford In Loss To Unatego
Published: December 10th, 2008
By: Patrick Newell

Turnovers plague Oxford in loss to Unatego

Girls’ Basketball

Unatego 43, Oxford 32

OXFORD – Oxford committed 27 turnovers, and shot less than 30 percent for the game as Unatego took command in the second half.

The Spartans’ halfcourt trap allowed it to erase a seven-point Oxford lead over the final 69 seconds of the first half. The Blackhawks turned it over on four straight possessions, and Kelly Cleaver answered with two buckets, Colleen O’Hara spotted up for a 15-footer at the foul line, and Harley Judd made one free throw with 2.2 seconds remaining to knot the contest at 12-12.

Unatego’s trapping press yielded more success in the latter stages of the third quarter. O’Hara banged home a pair of three balls, and the Spartans finished the quarter on an 11-1 to lead 26-20. “Turnovers were definitely an issue, but I was happy with how we played short-handed,” said Oxford coach Chris Palmer, who was missing a starter in the second half due to illness. “Our defensive intensity was good, but they had some big baskets after turnovers.”

Haley Witchella had 14 points and 14 rebounds for Oxford, and Amanda Mathis snagged 11 rebounds.

Oxford plays Greene at 6 p.m. Friday in the first round of the Norwich Pennysaver Tournament.

Unatego: Stephanie Havens, 0; Kayla Wong, 0; Gabi May, 0 5-8-5; Kelly Cleaver, 3 2-4-8; Ashley Mannina, 0; Colleen O’Hara, 5 3-5-16; Rachel Mugford, 2 0-0-4; Harley Judd, 3 4-6-10. Totals: 13 14-23-43.

Oxford: Alyshia Crawford, 2 0-0-6, Daisy Murphy 0 0-0 0, Kelli Whitehill 2 0-0-5, Danielle Murphy 0 0-0 0, Chantel Crandall, 1 1-2-3, Amanda Mathis, 1 0-0-2, Kim Shackleton 0 2-2-2, Chelsea Farrell, 0, Haley Witchella, 6 2-6-14. Totals: 12 5-10-32.

Un. 2 10 14 17–43

Ox. 5 7 8 12–32

Fouled out: (O) Crawford. Three-point goals: (U) O’Hara 3, (O) Crawford 2, Whitehill. JV: Oxford won. Officials: Kelly, Ehrie.

Johnson City 68, Norwich 65

JOHNSON CITY – Down 18-2 at the start of the game, Norwich outscored Johnson City in each of the final three periods, but “just ran out of time,” said Tornado head coach Krista Porter.

“We were pressing and committing some fouls, and they were missing some foul shots,” Porter said of the fourth quarter.”We were hoping to make a couple more threes in the fourth quarter, but could not get them to fall.”

Elisha Eddy had a career-high 25 points to lead Norwich, and is averaging 20 points a game through three contests this season. Boyan Cox added 13 points for the Tornado in her first action this season.

Stacy Fox scored 14 of her 26 points in the first half to give JC at 28-19 lead. The Wildcats controlled the defensive boards, and executed their fast break to build the early lead, Porter said.

Norwich (1-2) hosts Sidney Friday at 7:45 p.m. in the first round of the Norwich Pennysaver Tournament.

Norwich: Gabrielle Testani, 0; Michelle Testani, 2 2-4-7; Kanaku Takuume, 0; Sarah Bonnell, 0; Molly Demellier, 0; Elisha Eddy, 10 5-8-25; Bianca Cox, 3 1-2-7; Boyan Cox, 4 5-6-13; Hannah Runyon, 3 2-2-8; Adrienne Sharpe, 2 0-1-4; Tatyana Ithier, 0 1-2-1. Totals: 24 16-25-65.

JC: Emily McSain, 5 9-17-20; Celeste Kadylak, 4 3-4-12; Stacy Fox, 10 6-13-26; Kim Cleary, 0 1-4-1; Kelsey Casale, 2 1-1-5; Jess Micha, 2 0-0-4; Meredith Bilsky, 0; Jasmine Kellum, 0; Amanda Distin, 0. Totals: 23 20-39-68.

NHS 6 13 16 30–65

JCty 18 10 14 26–68

Fouled out: (N) Eddy, Boyan Cox, Ithier. Three-pointers: (JC) McSain, Kadylak, (N) M. Testani. JV: JC won 55-45.

Greene 71, Hancock 14

HANCOCK – Barb Borst led Greene with 23 points, Megan McDermott added 16, and Abby Wentlent tallied a career-high 11 points in a rout of Hancock Tuesday.

A complete box score was not available at press time.

Harpursville 65, Unadilla Valley 24

HARPURSVILLE – Harpursville’s potent offense was led by Hannah Kimmel’s 28 points, and Alycia Kimmel added 14 in a rout of UV Tuesday.

The Storm, coming off a big win over B-G last week, shot a combined 2-for-38 from the field in the first half to trail by 25 points. “We didn’t play that badly on defense in the first half, but we could not buy a bucket at any point in the game,” said UV coach Brandi Backus. “I expected them to score a lot of points, I just thought we would score more.”

UV plays Clinton Friday at 6 p.m. at the S-E tourney.

UV: Emily Sugar, 2 0-0-4; Melissa Friedel, 3 0-2-7; Kara Collins, 1 0-0-2; Amanda Button, 3 0-0-6; Lindsay Avolio, 0 1-2-1; Charle Weidman, 0; Hannah Johnson, 1 2-2-4; Katelynn Fagan, 0; Amber Potter, 0. Totals: 10 3-6-24.

Harpursville: Abby Klutts, 0 1-2-1; Dietzman, 3 0-0-6; Alycia Kimmel, 3 7-8-14; Hannah Kimmel, 12 3-5-28; Kayleigh Livermore, 1 0-0-2; Marissa Wickham, 5 0-1-10; Jamie Anderson, 1 0-0-2; Ashley Hall, 1 0-0-2. Totals: 26 11-16-65.

UV 2 2 9 11–24

Harp. 11 16 23 15–65

Three-point goals: (UV) Friedel, (H) H. Kimmel, A. Kimmel.

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