NORWICH – Greene doubled its win total in one week, met a preseason goal, and looked every bit the recently minted number one Class C team in the state over the final two quarters.
Locked in a halftime tie, the Trojans held Sidney to 11 second-half points, and cruised to a 51-33 victory Saturday in the finals of the 28th Annual Norwich-Sidney Pennysaver Tournament.
“One of our preseason goals was to win this tournament,” said Greene coach Dave Gorton, whose club improved to 8-0 on the season – four of those wins over the past six days. “We lost in the finals of this tournament last year, and that loss still stings for some of our girls. I think this win will ease some of that sting.”
Through two quarters, Sidney had the same determined resolve as Oxford did when it rallied to beat Greene in last year’s finals. Scrapping for loose balls, grabbing offensive rebounds, and hitting key shots, Sidney was knotted with the Trojans at 22-22 after two quarters. Chelsea Pixley and Danielle Martindale combined for 18 of the Warriors’ first-half points.
If not for a foul shot by Greene senior Megan McDermott with 40 seconds left in the second stanza, the Trojans would have trailed at halftime for the first time this season. “Sidney is clearly a rival of ours, and we knew they would come to play,” Gorton said. “I give them a lot of credit for what happened in the first half. They were scrappy and they go after rebounds aggressively. I think their aggression surprised us.”