Norwich tops T’burg for first playoff win in four seasons

Girls’ Basketball

Norwich 54, Trumansburg 45

NORWICH – Norwich ended a four-year drought between sectional playoff wins, and reached double-digit victories on the season, Wednesday night at Jack Jones Gymnasium.

Molly DeMellier had 15 points to lead three NHS players in the double figures. Sarah Bonnell netted 11, and Bryn Loomis 10.

After Sara Hayward’s three-pointer for the Blue Raiders tied the game at 32-32 just 10 seconds into the final quarter, Norwich responded with seven points of its own in just 44 ticks. Molly DeMellier canned her team’s lone trey of the game eight seconds after Hayward tied the game, and Bonnell converted back-to-back layups, the first off her own steal, and the second off a dish from DeMellier to complete a fast break.

Trumansburg crawled back to within four points, 44-40, on Sydney Hayward’s pull-up jumper from the foul line at the 2:39 mark.

Norwich was able to put the game away with a 6-0 spurt. Loomis drove for a layup, Bonnell converted a layup following a Raiders turnover, and DeMeiller hit a spot-up 15-footer raising the lead to 10 points.

The win raised Norwich’s record to 10-9, and assured the Tornado of their first .500 season since 2007. NHS plays at Lansing on Saturday.

T-burg: Ali Grunder, 2 0-0-5; Sydney Hayward, 7 4-7-18; Sarah Mount, 0; Sara Hayward, 2 0-2-5; Chelsey Kenney, 0 3-4-3; Meghan Kraus, 2 5-6-9; Olivia Martin, 0; Stefani Porter, 1 2-2-4; Abby White, 0 1-2-1. Totals: 14 16-24-45.

Norwich: Gabby Testani, 0 2-2-2; Katie Orioli, 0; Sarah Bonnell, 5 1-4-11; Hailey Dietrich, 2 2-7-6; Molly DeMellier, 6 2-2-15; Bryn Loomis, 2 6-8-10; Sophie Stewart, 2 1-2-5; Cassie Sutton, 0; Tatyana Ithier, 1 3-5-5. Totals: 18 17-30-54

T-burg 3 12 16 14–45

Norw. 6 16 10 22–54

Fouled out: (N) Stewart, (T) Kraus, Martin. Three-point goals: (N) DeMellier, (T) Sara Hayward.

Oxford 35, Walton 31

OXFORD – Oxford received a big final quarter out of senior guard Alyshia Crawford, and edged past Walton in Wednesday’s Class C sectional playoff game.

Crawford’s three-pointer early in the fourth quarter put the Blackhawks in front to stay, 27-26. Crawford was also isolated against Walton’s man-to-man defense, and came up with two more buckets in a nine-point final stanza.

“We thought it would be a difficult game, and it definitely was,” said Oxford coach Chris Palmer, whose club narrowly beat Walton in the season opener nearly three months ago.

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