Norwich hurt by second-half lull in loss to Chenango Valley

Girls’ Basketball

Chenango Valley 61, Norwich 47

NORWICH – Norwich’s offense hit a sustained dry spell in the second half, and Chenango Valley guard, Caitlin Roberts, caught fire from three-point land as the Warriors pulled away for the victory on Saturday afternoon.

Roberts hit two three-pointers in the third quarter turning a one-point halftime lead into a 48-38 lead entering the fourth quarter. Roberts’ last trifecta came with 2:22 left, and put any Norwich comeback hopes to rest extending the margin to 59-42.

“We had watched Roberts in two other games, and she was not making those shots,” said Norwich coach Josh Bennett. “What are you supposed to do?”

CV also hurt Norwich on the offensive boards in the second half, especially forwards Khylah Moss and Mikala King. Moss had a team-high 18 points, while King added 16 markers.

Norwich matched CV nearly point for point in the first half. Hannah Runyon scored 15 of her 20 points in the opening half, and Hailey Dietrich scored three baskets in the second quarter as NHS trailed 32-31.

“I don’t know what it is about the second half,” Bennett said. “We seem to go through a two- or three-minute lull. We have to find a way to get through that.”

CV: Lindsey Flanagan, 0; Caitlin Roberts, 5 0-2-13; Dara DeGennaro, 1 0-2-2; Megan Pipher, 0; Mikala King, 5 6-12-16; Jill Bobal, 2 1-2-5; Khylah Moss, 8 2-3-18; Rebecca Cooney, 0; Lauren Eggleston, 1 0-0-2; Kate Heller, 1 3-4-5. Totals: 23 12-25-61.

NHS: G. Testani, 0; Bonnell, 3 0-2-6; Dietrich, 3 2-4-8; DeMellier, 1 0-0-2; Loomis, 3 1-2-7; Sutton, 0; H. Runyon, 8 1-3-20; Ithier, 2 0-0-4. Totals: 20 4-11-47.

CVa. 13 19 16 13—61

NHS 11 20 7 9—47

Fouled out: none. Three-point goals: (N) Runyon, 3, (CV) Roberts 3. JV: CV won 43-42 (Devon Palen 12 points for Norwich). Officials: Reynolds, Blair.

Greene 43, Unatego 32

GREENE – Greene moved a step closer to taking control of MAC’s Division One, beating league rival Unatego on Friday.

Erin Smith and Liz Wentlent scored nine points each to lead Greene’s balanced scoring lineup. Wentlent had seven in the first quarter, and Smith all nine of her points in the second as Greene led by six at the break. “The defense has been great, but the real key has been our ball movement,” said Greene coach Dave Gorton. “We’re hitting the open man, and making open shots.”

With Smith and Wentlent getting special attention from the Spartans’ defense in the second half, Jessica Brooks and Anna Crumb picked up the scoring racking up eight points apiece. The Trojans finished with 15 total assists out of 20 baskets, Gorton said.

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