Norwich hangs on to beat Chenango Valley

Evening Sun Report

Girls’ Basketball

Norwich 56, Chenango Valley 52

NORWICH – Norwich junior Breanna Cashman made two defensive gems in the final 13 seconds to snuff out CV’s attempts at tying the game and preserve the Purple Tornado’s first win of the season Tuesday.

With CV down three and in possession of the ball, Cashman stole Maddie Staiger’s pass on the right wing with 13 seconds remaining. After NHS missed a pair of free throws, Cashman secured the win with a steal of Dani Forbidussi. Cashman cashed in on a single free throw with 1.5 seconds left to put the game out of reach.

CV did not take its first lead until two minutes were expired in the third quarter. Staiger hit a three ball to make it 33-31. The Warriors’ Maggie Gross drove for a three-point play, and baseline jumper from Forbidussi created a 41-38 lead entering the fourth.

Norwich combined its youth and veteran leadership to surge in the final period. Third-year varsity palyer Jenni Borfitz immediately tied the game 13 seconds into the fourth burying a three ball after an assist from senior fourth-year player Cassie Sutton. Sutton also had a three that raised the advantage to 52-46 with just over three minutes to play.

Along the way freshman newcomer Shelby Benjamin had a pair of big fourth-quarter buckets scoring on a layup off another Sutton feed, then driving to the basket for a layup on the Tornado’s next possession. First-year sophomore, Carin Kuhn, added two clutch free throws with 2:40 left in the fourth.

Sutton and Borfitz led Norwich (1-1) with 13 points apiece. Cashman scored 12 to go with five steals and three blocked shots.

Norwich hosts New Hartford Friday in the first round of the Norwich Pennysaver Tournament.

In the junior varsity game, Norwich also evened its mark at 1-1 beating CV, 48-39. Makenzie Maynard scored 12 points, while Meghan Komendarek and Savannah Williams bucketed 10 apiece.

CV: Dani Forbidussi, 3 0-0-6; Maddie Staiger, 4 5-6-16; Allison Miller, 0; Maggie Gross, 2 1-1-5; Jennifer Kipp, 0; Chelsea Henige, 6 2-3-14; Jenna Shoemaker, 4 3-6-1; Ashleigh Weir, 0. Totals: 19 11-16-52.

NHS: Lexi Race, 0 1-4-1; Carin Kuhn, 1 3-4-5; Caitlyn Brown, 0; Breanna Cashman, 5 2-4-12; Ashley Campbell, 0 2-2-2; Jennifer Borfitz, 3 6-12-13; Cassie Sutton, 2 8-8-13; Shelby Benjamin, 4 0-1-8; Taylor Cook, 1 0-0-2. Totals: 16 22-35-56.

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