Defense, balanced scoring lifts S-E, Norwich to wins

Boys’ Basketball

Sherburne-Earlville 64, Sauquoit Valley 44

SHERBURNE – After a slow start, Sherburne-Earlville quickly gained command of its game with Sauquoit Valley.

Down 5-0 in the first minute, S-E outscored Sauquoit Valley 17-6 to finish the period, and extended that margin with a 23-6 second stanza. Paul Romanenko and Jesse Yerton hit two three-pointers apiece in the second quarter, and the Marauders had five of their seven treys during that eight-minute span. “We really picked up our defensive intensity after they took the early lead,” said S-E coach Kevin Vibbard. “The nice thing is that we had six different people score in the second quarter. I think depth is the strength of our team. We have nine guys that can score.”

Sam Caton had 12 points and eight rebounds to lead the Marauders. Austin Jasper scored 10, while Romaneko and Cole Hodges split 18 points evenly. Randy Briggs handed out a team-best seven assists.

S-E plays at Adirondack Friday.

SV: Richard Spinelli, 0; Robert Slivinski, 2 0--04; Ryan Stalker, 1 2-4-5; Kyle Jones, 2 0-0-4; Aaron LoPiccolo, 4 1-2-9; Gary Falchi, 0; Justin Jarecki, 1 0-0-2; Mark Martin, 2 0-0-6; Alec Voce, 2 0-2-4; Dylan Wheelock, 1 0-4-2; Ryan Drake, 2 4-6-8. Totals: 17 7-18-44.

S-E: Randy Briggs, 2 0-1-4; Carter Cole, 1 0-2-2; Jesse Yerton, 2 0-0-6; Sam Caton, 6 0-2-12; Paul Romanenko, 3 0-0-9; John McDaniel, 0; Cole Hodges, 4 1-1-9; Mick Khoury, 0; Austin Jasper, 5 0-0-10; Thomas Knickerbocker, 0; Matt Smith, 3 0-0-8; Matt Rajczi, 0; Chris Marquard, 2 0-0-4. Totals: 28 1-6-64 .

SVa. 11 6 12 15–44

S-E 17 23 17 7–64

Fouled out: none. Three-point goals: (SE) Romanenko 3, Yerton 2, Smith 2, (SV) Stalker 1, Martin 2. JV: S-E won 64-41. Officials: Reynolds, Carson.

Girls’ Basketball

Norwich 47, Sus Valley 28

CONKLIN – Norwich’s defense proved unyielding – again – Wednesday night at Susquehanna Valley.

The Tornado, who have won four straight games, have not allowed more than 31 points in any those contests. Too, the Tornado’s opposition has scored as many as 10 points in just three of the last 16 quarters. “We’re just playing tough defense and really getting after people,” said Norwich coach Josh Bennett.

Offensively, Bryn Loomis and Jennifer Borfitz scored 12 points apiece, and Hailey Dietrich added 11. Loomis scored all 12 of her points in the second half with Dietrich and Borfitz spearheading the first-half effort. “Tonight was the best we’ve played offensively,” Bennett said. “We really moved the ball well, and this is probably the most balanced team I have had. We’re not consistently making the shots that we should make, but when we do, we’ll go off.”

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