Norwich salvages third-place finish

Girls’ Basketball

Norwich 39, Ithaca 31

Seton Catholic Central 48, Norwich 41

BINGHAMTON – Norwich salvaged a third-place finish in the Alice O’Neil Tournament hosted by Seton Catholic Central beating Ithaca in the tournament’s consolation game Saturday evening.

Hailey Dietrich and Bryn Loomis led Norwich to a 22-19 halftime lead scoring nine points apiece. The Tornado outscored Ithaca 11-2 in the third to take command of the game. “We made a defensive change at halftime at the suggestion of the girls,” said Norwich coach Josh Bennett. “We haven’t practiced it much, but we shut them down.”

Loomis had a team-high 16 points and Dietrich chimed in with 13.

Ithaca made a trio of three-pointers in the last quarter to keep the final score respectable.

In its first-round game Friday against the host Saints, the Tornado had difficulties with foul trouble as well as the prodigious inside size of Seton in a seven-point loss on Friday afternoon.

The Saints went with two six-footers in their starting lineup, and had 6-foot-3 Chenango Forks transfer Angelica Hower coming off the bench. “They’re a big, tough team. They changed shots in the middle, and forced us to shoot outside,” Bennett said. “We were not making outside shots, and they made some outside shots.”

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