Norwich unable to contain Wildcats’ Fox

Girls’ Basketball

Johnson City 53, Norwich 43

NORWICH – Johnson City’s Stacey Fox hurt Norwich for the second time this season scoring 24 points in the Wildcats’ win Saturday on senior recognition day.

Fox was especially troublesome for the Tornado (7-10) at the outset scoring nine in the first quarter, most of those points coming on layups in transition. “We didn’t do a very good job of getting in defensive position,” said Norwich coach Krista Porter. “We did a better job on (Fox) in the second half.”

At no point did Norwich lead in the game, although a 7-0 run in the first quarter capped by Michelle Testani’s three ball had Norwich within 17-16.

Johnson City led by as many as 13 in the second half after scoring the first seven points of the third quarter. Norwich was unable to chip the lead any closer than seven points in the second half.

“They had a pretty good shooting day and we did not have one of our better shooting games. That makes a big difference,” Porter said. Norwich made just 7-of-36 field goal attempts in the second half.

Hannah Runyon scored 11 points and grabbed 10 rebounds, while Elisha Eddy had eight points, 15 rebounds and five assists for the Tornado.

Norwich hosts Whitney Point tonight.

JC: Emily McSain, 3 4-5-10; Celeste Kadylak, 2 0-2-4; Stacey Fox, 10 4-6-24; Kim Cleary, 3 1-2-7; Kelsey Casale, 3 0-0-6; Jasmine Kellam, 0; Meredith Bilsky, 0; Jessica Micha, 0; Casey Carpenter, 1 0-0-2. Totals: 22 9-15-53.

Norwich: G. Testani, 0; M. Testani, 3 0-0-7; S. Bonnell, 3 0-0-6; M. DeMellier, 1 0-0-2; E. Eddy, 2 4-6-8; H. Runyon, 4 3-4-11; A. Sharpe, 3 1-2-7; T. Ithier, 0 2-2-2. Totals: 16 10-14-43.

JC 21 9 16 7—53

NHS 16 8 12 7—43

Fouled out: (N) Ithier. Three-point goals: (N) M. Testani. JV: Norwich won, 54-43. Officials: Ciotoli, Berg.

Oxford 34, Harpursville 31

OXFORD – Oxford is heating up at just the right time, and Saturday the Blackhawks beat Harpursville club that had hitherto gone through MAC division play unbeaten.

“It was an ugly game and a physical game,” said Oxford coach Chris Palmer, whose club improved to 8-9 overall. “That’s what we needed it to be for us to win.”

Oxford held Harpursville to a pair of field goals in the first half and 8-for-56 shooting. Utilizing a triangle-and-two defense against Harpursville’s leading scorers Hannah Kimmel and Alycia Kimmel, Oxford stayed in the game. Danielle Murphy, Alyshia Crawford, Kelli Whitehill, and Kim Shackelton rotated defensively on the two Kimmels, who were held to 17 combined points. It was Crawford’s offense in the fourth quarter that ultimately put the Blackhawks over the top.

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