Strong first half keys Norwich win

Evening Sun Report

Girls’ Basketball

Norwich 68, Binghamton 58

NORWICH – Norwich did little wrong on the offensive end in the first half, and withstood Binghamton’s rally in the fourth quarter to win for the fourth time in six games.

Norwich (6-7) crept to within one win of evening its mark, and the good times rolled through two quarters with the Tornado staked to a 44-27 lead. “The first half was probably the best we’ve played all season,” said Norwich coach Krista Porter.

Hannah Runyon scored 13 of her 14 points in the opening two quarters, and Sarah Bonnell came off the bench to net nine of her season-high 15 points. Norwich used a 10-0 run midway through the second quarter to widen its lead to 17 points.

“We shot the ball well in the first half and we only turned it over five times,” Porter said.

Binghamton forced six Norwich turnovers in the third quarter alone. Jennifer Morabito netted 13 points in the stanza as the 17-point margin dwindled to as little as seven. Only eight points from NHS junior Elisha Eddy stemmed the tide.

Morabito added eight more in the fourth and finished with 35 on the day, but the Pats never closed the gap to less than five.

Eddy led Norwich with 16 points to go with 20 rebounds. Runyon and Tatyana Ithier led with seven assists apiece.

The Tornado play at Oneonta Saturday at 6 p.m.

Binghamton: Phoebe Byrnes, 2 0-0-4; Caity Kuhnen, 2 0-0-4; Emily Reed, 1 0-0-2; Jennifer Morabito, 15 4-6-35; Rachel Blee, 0; Ashley Lomonaco, 1 0-5-2; Elisa Baskin, 2 1-5-5; Tiahanna Mills, 2 1-2-6; Alexis Truesdell, 0. Totals: 25 6-18-58

Norwich: Gabrielle Testani, 0 0-0-0; Michelle Testani, 2 0-0-6; Kanako Takuume, 0 0-0-0; Sarah Bonnell, 7 1-1-15; Molly Demellier, 1 0-0-2; Elisha Eddy, 8 0-4-16; Hannah Runyon, 5 3-4-14; Adrienne Sharpe, 3 1-2-7; Tatyana Ithier, 2 3-7-8. Totals: 28 8-18-68.

BHS 17 10 18 13–58

NHS 23 21 10 14–68

Fouled out: none. Three-point goals: (N) M. Testani 2, Ithier, Runyon. (B) Mills, Morabito. JV: Binghamton won 48-47. Officials: J. Bennett, Hendrickson.

Unatego 54, Unadilla Valley 44

NEW BERLIN – Unatego turned it up a notch in the third quarter outscoring the Storm by nine points to add to its seven-point halftime lead.

The Storm, losers of four straight, had the game into single digits in the fourth quarter, but the Spartans’ Colleen O’Hara had eight of her 19 points to keep UV at bay. “Most teams seem to come out and play a good third quarter against us,” said UV coach Brandi Backus. “They had a couple of fast-break baskets, and they made some foul shots.”

Hannah Johnson scored 12 and Amanda Button 10 for UV, who play at Walton Friday night.

Unatego: Stephanie Havens, 4 0-2-8; Kayla Wong, 1 0-0-2; Gabi May, 4 0-0-8; Kelly Cleaver, 0; Ashley Mannina, 0; Colleen O’Hara, 6 6-8-19; Rachel Mugford, 0; Harley Judd, 5 -8-17. Totals: 20 13-18-54.

UV: Emily Sugar, 3 1-2-8; Krystyn Gould, 1 0-0-2; Melissa Friedel, 2 1-2-6; K. Collins, 0; Amanda Button, 5 0-0-10; Charlie Weidman, 3 0-0-6; L. Avolio, 0 Hannah Johnson, 6 0-0-12; Katelynn Fagan, 0; Amber Potter, 0. Totals: 20 2-4-44.

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