Johnson City 67, Norwich 64 (OT)
JOHNSON CITY – Johnson City’s Stacey Fox completed a 26-point night hitting two free throws in the waning seconds, as the Wildcats beat the Tornado in overtime Thursday.
Norwich (6-5), riding a three-game winning streak entering the contest, beat JC in a one-point thriller earlier this season, and had an opportunity in the last minute to either tie the game or snag the victory.
Hailey Dietrich apparently hit the tying free throw with ten seconds left in OT, but the point was disallowed due to a Tornado lane violation. On the ensuing inbounds play, Norwich forced a five-second violation to get the ball back under its basket. JC denied Norwich any shot at the basket forcing a turnover and leading to Fox’s insurance charity tosses.
“Both teams played their guts out tonight,” said Norwich coach Josh Bennett. “We came out really hot and took care of the ball. In the second quarter through the middle of the third quarter, we didn’t take care of the ball. After that, it was a backstreet brawl and a really physical game.”
Hannah Runyon led the Purple Tornado with 19 points, Bryn Loomis scored 13, and Tatyana Ithier tossed in 10 points.
Norwich: Gabby Testani, 0 2-2-2; Sarah Bonnell, 2 0-0-4; Hailey Dietrich, 3 2-4-8; Molly DeMellier, 2 1-2-5; Bryn Loomis, 6 1-2-13; Sophie Stewart, 1 1-2-3; Cassie Sutton, 0; Hannah Runyon, 7 4-7-19; Tatyana Ithier, 4 1-3-10. Totals: 25 12-22-64.
JC: Amanda Distin, 3 1-2-7; Emily McSain, 4 1-2-10; Stacey Fox, 8 10-14-26; Sara Corbett, 0; Chelsea Kuzel, 5 0-1-11; Jasmine Kellam, 1 1-2-3; Gina Edwards, 0 1-2-1; Dee Bishop, 1 7-8-9. Totals: 22 21-31-67
NHS 22 6 13 17 6–64
JCt 11 19 16 12 9–67
Fouled out: (JC) McSain, (N) S. Stewart. Three-point goals: (N) Runyon, Ithier. (JC) McSain, Kuzel. JV: Norwich won 55-52. Officials: C. Haynes, J. Haus.
Greene 85, Afton-B-G/H/S 85
AFTON – Greene’s unbeaten streak was extended to 48 meets on Thursday, but Afton-B-G/H/S ending the Trojans’ “winning” streak at 47 with its best performance of the season.
“We had personal-best times all the way down through,” said Makos coach Kevin Diefenbacher. “We knew we had times we had to beat, and the guys did it.”
Kurt Rogler was the host team’s standout performer with four overall wins including the 100-yard freestyle and 100-yard backstroke.
Greene’s Alex Trass picked up three total wins, and swam anchor for the Trojans’ meet-closing 400-yard freestyle relay. The Trojans, down 83-73 entering the last event, took first and second in the last race to force a tie.
“We just didn’t have enough horses for that last race,” Diefenbacher said. “Now we’re shooting for the MAC Championships, and I think it will be really competitive this year. Every team has its front-line swimmers, and it will come down to the mix of depth.”
Afton-B-G/H/S is 4-5-1 on the season, while Greene is now 6-3-1.
200 medley relay: (A) Kurt Rogler, Kevin Bullis, Shane Schneidau, Rob McLean, 1:57.54. 200 free: (G) Alex Trass, 2:04.44. 200 IM: (A) Schneidau, 2:32.36. 50 free: (A) Bullis, 25.29. 100 fly: (G) George Flanagan, 1:04.69. 100 free: (A) Kurt Rogler, 1:00.15. 500 free: (G) Alex Trass, 5:58.39. 200 free relay: (A) Rogler, Schneidau, Bullis, McLean, 1:45.81. 100 back: (A) Rogler, 1:11.25. 100 breaststroke: (A) Bullis, 1:15.22. 400 free relay: (G) R. Ludwig, D. Sevey, Flanagan, Trass, 4:00.06.
Cooperstown 55, S-E 46
SHERBURNE – Cooperstown won nine events, but needed a victory in the final event, the 400-free relay, to defeat the Marauders on Thursday.
Cooperstown came up big in the later part of the meet by winning the relays. The Marauders earned victories in the 200-yard medley relay, 100-yard butterfly, and 500-yard freestyle.
200 medley relay: (S-E) A. Lopata, Harlost, Whitney, Muth, 2:00.70, 200 freestyle: (C) Reis, 2:10.64. 200 IM: (C) Bonderoff, 2:18.11. 50 free: (C) Mayton, 24.61. Diving: (C) Fowler, 100.3. 100 fly: (S-E) Whitney, 1:05.36. 100 free: (C) Mayton, 54.27. 500 free: (S-E) G. Lopata, 6:32.78. 200 free relay: (C) Bonderoff, Reis, Edmonds, Mayton, 1:41.53. 100 backstroke: (C) Bonderoff, 1:04.24. 100 breaststroke: (C) Edmonds, 1:18.94. 400 free relay: (C) Reis, King, Mebust, Mayton, 4:01.48.