Norwich Girls Outlast Owego, 43-39
Published: January 31st, 2011
By: Patrick Newell

Norwich girls outlast Owego, 43-39

Girls’ Basketball

Norwich 43, Owego 39

NORWICH – The sixth lead change in the fourth quarter was the one that clinched Norwich’s victory, who outlasted a game Owego team that had one starter out with an injury, and two others foul out in the fourth quarter.

Owego’s 6-foot-2 freshman Rachel Merrill put her team up 37-35 with 2:13 left scoring inside on a nice post-up move that led to a 5-foot bank shot. After a pair of defensive stops, Norwich took the lead when Molly DeMellier penetrated and dished to junor forward Hailey Dietrich. Dietrich split two defenders and was fouled after scoring the tying basket. Dietrich put the Tornado up 38-37 when she canned a free throw.

Owego, coming out of a timeout, answered one final time when Sam Watson hit a short-range shot on an out-of-bounds play making it 39-38. Norwich pushed the ball up the floor quickly as Hannah Runyon fed Bryn Loomis, who drove and dished out to DeMellier in the left corner. DeMellier swished her only basket of the game to give NHS the lead. Down the stretch, Norwich made 3-of-4 foul shots, and Dietrich created a key turnover with seven seconds left forcing a jump ball. Runyon’s two free throws capped the scoring.

“We kind of struggled offensively throughout the game,” said Norwich coach Josh Bennett. “In the second half, we just found a way to get defensive stops. In a couple of cases we were fortunate to draw fouls on their key offensive players, who fouled out.”

Runyon had 17 points for Norwich (11-2) who have won five games in a row. The Tornado also forced 23 Owego turnovers. Runyon led with four steals.

Norwich hosts Windsor tonight. Before the game, the Tornado will recognize seniors Runyon and DeMellier.

Owego: Caitlin Simpson, 1 1-2-3; Alaina Jenkins, 1 0-0-2; Courtney Malia, 1 2-2-4; Olivia Bishop, 1 2-2-4; Brittany Rando, 2 1-3-5 Rachel Merrill, 4 4-5-12; Sam Watson, 3 3-4-9; Bridget Quarana, 0. Totals: 13 13-18-39

Norwich: Jennifer Borfitz, 0 3-4-3; Brooke Bonney, 1 0-2-2; Cassie Sutton, 0; Molly DeMellier, 1 0-0-2; Bryn Loomis, 2 2-4-6; Hailey Dietrich, 3 1-1-7; Sophie Stewart, 2 2-2-6; Hannah Runyon, 4 8-14-17. Totals: 13 16-27-43.

Owe. 5 15 8 11–39

NHS 10 12 7 14–43

Fouled out: (O) Merritt, Rando. Three-point goals: (N) Runyon, (O) none. JV: Owego won. Officials: J. Bennett, P. O’Connor.

Oxford 42, Greene 33

GREENE – Oxford had a response for every Greene comeback attempt in winning its seventh straight game Saturday afternoon.

Oxford’s pressure defense in the opening quarter forced eight Greene turnovers, while staking the Blackhawks to a 13-3 lead.

The Trojans whittled the Oxford lead back to 21-17 late in the second quarter only to give up baskets to Oxford’s Haley Witchella and Julie Heggie. “It was disappointing to play such a good second quarter, but still only knock two points of their lead,” said Greene coach Dave Gorton. “Our experience showed in the first half, and it took a while for our kids to adjust.

Oxford saw its comfortable lead dwindle to 29-26 after Greene’s Andrea Day hit one of her two three-pointers in the game. Immediately after that, Witchella closed the quarter on a personal 7-0 run. Witchella hit a three, had a steal and a layup, and added another layup.

“Haley hurt us in the second half,” Gorton said. “She’s so fast and she jumps the passing lanes. When a six-footer jumps passing lanes its unexpected. The only other time we see that is when we face Hannah Kimmel (Harpursville).”

Witchella had 13 of her team’s 17 points in the second half finishing with a game-high 19. Heggie scored 11 to aid the effort.

Kaitlin Gorton had four of Greene’s seven three balls leading her club with 14 points.

Greene hosts Unatego tonight.

Oxford: Emily Smith, 0, Allie Nelson, 0; Ginny Burdick, 1 0-0-3, Jackie Heggie, 2 0-2-4, Julie Heggie, 5 1-1-11; Kayla Golden, 0; Lacey Barry, 2 0-0-5, Brooke Noble, 0, Haley Witchella, 7 4-6-19. Totals: 17 5-9-42.

Greene: Rachel Turner, 0; Andrea Day, 2 0-0-6; Emily Conroe, 0; Jessica Brooks, 0; Kaitlin Gorton, 5 0-0-14; Rebecca Smith, 3 1-2-8; Natalie Greene, 1 0-0-2; Shannon Gregory, 1 1-2-3. Totals: 12 2-4-33.

Oxf. 13 12 11 6–42

Gre. 3 14 9 7–33

Fouled out: none. Three-point goals: (G) Gorton 4, Day 2, Smith. (O) Heggie, Barry, Witchella. JV: Greene won. Officials: Stento, Washburn.

Bainbridge-Guilford 53, Delhi 26

BAINBRIDGE – Bainbridge-Guilford raced to a 28-5 lead in the first quarter, and cruised to a lopsided win over Delhi Friday.

Shania Vandermark scored 11 in the opening quarter, Randi Conway had nine in the first eight minutes, and Corrine Riegel netted six to account for all but two of the Bobcats’ first-quarter points.

“After the first quarter, everybody played and we rotated kids,” said B-G coach Bob Conway. “Our reserves got a lot of playing time, which they needed.”

Vandermark, playing about 2 1/2 quarters finished with 17 points and 17 rebounds. Conway added 13, and Riegel poured in 10.

B-G is at Sidney tonight.

Delhi: Amber Brown, 3 2-4-9; Marisa Chytalo, 1 7-11-10; Jackie Newkerk, 0; Horohoe, 0; Sam Howard, 0; B. Merriman, 0; Kacie Anderson, 0; Kaitlin Haynes, 1 3-4-5; Karissa Payne, 1 0-0-2; Libby Buel, 0. Totals: 6 12-19-26.

B-G: Shania Vandermark, 8 1-3-17; Randi Conway, 6 1-1-13; Corrine Riegel, 5 0-1-10; Chelsi Rosa, 1 0-2-2; Raileigh Hall, 2 0-0-4; Micah Hopkins, 1 0-0-2; Amber Degroat, 0; Ashley Edwards, 0; Taylor Decker, 0 1-2-1; Chelsea Tewksbury, 2 0-0-4; Kayla Davis, 0. Totals: 25 3-9-53.

Del. 5 8 5 8–26

B-G 28 7 12 6–53

Three-point goals: (D) Brown, Chytalo JV: B-G won 35-17. Officials: Barber, Coleman

Unatego 54 Unadilla Valley 38

OTEGO – Unatego stayed in the hunt for one of the four Midstate Athletic Conference playoff spots beating Unadilla Valley Friday night.

Four Spartans finishing in double figures with Shelby Puffer and Sarah Mannina leading the way with 12 apiece. “We had a lot of kids step up and do some good things,” said Unatego coach Greg Bonczkowski. “We had good ball movement and kids making the extra pass. We did a nice job.”

UV’s Amanda Off kept her club in the game early scoring eight points in the first quarter. Unatego switched to a zone defense and limited the UV sophomore the rest of the way. Off led her team with 14 points, and Jordan Anderson had 12. “We created some offense out of our defense at times, and we were able to get out and score some baskets in transition,” Bonczkowski said.

The Spartans are in the playoff mix with Walton, Oxford, and Bainbridge-Guilford for the last three playoff spots. Harpursville appears on course to clinch the top seed in the four-team playoff tourney next month.

UV (3-10): Amanda Off 7 0-0-14, Maggie Avolio 0 0-0 0, Lindsay Avolio 0 0-0 0, Taylor Davis 3 0-2-6; Charlee Weidman 2 0-2-4; Jordan Anderson 3 4-6-12; Carly Lorence 0 0-0-0; Brittany Fairchild 0 0-0-0; Mikayla Fowler 1 0-0-2. Totals: 16 4-10-38.

Unatego (7-5, 6-2): Robin Foster 0 0-0-0; Shelby Puffer, 4 3-6 12; Sarah Mannina 3 5-6-12; Casey Manzanero 3 2-2-11; Katrina Clark 5 0-6-10; Kayla Talbot 1 0-0-2; KD Woods 3 1-5 7. Totals: 19 11-25-54.

UVall 11 4 13 10–38

Unat. 16 10 18 10–54

Three-point field goals: (UV) Anderson; (U) Puffer, Mannina, Manzanero 3. JV score: Unatego won.

Boys’ Basketball

Delhi 49, B-G 48

BAINBRIDGE – Despite leading scorer Ryan Porter fouling out and scoring well below his season average, B-G nearly pulled out a win against Delhi Saturday.

Tyler Hymers’ two free throws with 22 seconds left proved the difference. Austin Bauerle hit the last of his six three-pointers leaving the Bobcats a point short.

B-G finished with 10 three-pointers out of 16 field goals, and 41 of its 48 points came from sophomores. “It looks like we relied on the three-pointer, but on the other hand, we don’t have much of an inside game with Porter on the bench,” said B-G coach Ben Nelson.

Bauerle finished with 20 points and fellow sophomore Connor Glassett added 14.

Lucas Cipperly scored 20 points for Delhi, who took the lead in the second quarter outscoring the Bobcats, 14-2.

Delhi: Ben Gifford, 3 0-0-6, Anthony Salerno, 2 1-2-5, Lucas Cipperly, 8 4-4-20, Tom Telian, 0 2-4-2, Schneider, 0; Tyler Hymers, 1 2-4-4, Ben Dennison, 2 0-0-4, Jacob Sackett, 4 0-0-8, Jimmy King, 0. Totals: 20 9-14-49.

B-G: Jordan Smith, 0; Connor Glassett, 5 1-2-14; Steve Patten, 0; Corbin Palmer, 1 0-1-3; Ryan Porter, 0 1-2-1; Austin Bauerle, 6 2-4-20; Brooks Harmon, 2 0-0-4; Ray Frederick, 2 2-4-6. Totals: 16 6-13-48.

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