NHS makes up big deficit to edge Utica Proctor

Girls’ Basketball

Norwich 39, Utica Proctor 38

UTICA – Norwich made up a six-point deficit in the final three minutes of play to eke out a one-point victory over Utica Proctor in a non-league intersectional matchup Tuesday night.

Makenzie Maynard, scoreless through three quarters, brought Norwich back from a 36-30 deficit hitting two three-pointers in the corner. After a Utica layup, Norwich went inside to Meghan Komendarek on back-to-back possessions. Komendarek was fouled on each sequence, and hit 3 of 4 free throws to give Norwich a one-point lead.

Utica had the ball with 4.5 seconds remaining, but Norwich denied the host club a good shot opportunity.

“We have such a tough group of kids that never quit and never stop believing,” said Norwich coach Josh Bennett, whose club trailed 28-18 after three quarters. “Kenz had struggled in the beginning of the game, then came in and made two great passes for scores inside, and then made two big threes.”

Norwich’s inside duo of Shelby Benjamin and Komendarek again led the Tornado offense. Benjamin had a team-high 14 points including her first three ball of the season, and Komendarek scored 12, eight coming in Norwich’s 21-point final quarter.

Norwich: Caitlyn Brown, 0; Carin Kuhn 1 0-0-3; Kassidy Seary, 1 0-0-2; Makenzie Maynard, 2 0-0-6; Meghan Komendarek, 4 4-8-12; Bridget Murphy, 0; Savannah Williams, 1 0-0-2; Shelby Benjamin, 6 1-4-14; Courtney Scheer, 0. Ashley Murphy, 0. Totals: 15 5-12-39.

Utica Proctor: Alexis Ramos, 0; Irizany, 0; Illegha Graham, 1 2-4-5; Emerald Pett, 4 2-2-10; Ashante Smallwood, 1 5-8-7; Malainah Elliott, 1 2-4-4; Domizchelle Williams, 5 0-1-10; Achol Manyang, 1 0-0-2; West, 0; Poeveromo, 0. Totals: 13 11-19-38.

Norw. 3 7 8 21–39

UProct. 2 11 15 10–38

Fouled out: (U) Elliott. Three-point goals: (N) Maynard 2, Kuhn, Benjamin. (U) Graham.

Sherburne-Earlville 56, Hamilton 52

SHERBURNE – Sherburne-Earlville juniors Lilly Berg and Savannah Irwin combined for 43 points and 16-for-16 foul shooting in Tuesday’s win over Hamilton.

Irwin hit two free throws to stretch S-E’s lead to five points with 1:50 left. Hamilton trimmed the lead back to two in the final minute after a Jess Welsh three-pointer. Berg sealed the win – and a 24-point night – making two free throws with five seconds left.

Hamilton finished with nine three-pointers in the game to stay close. “They really shot the ball well tonight, and we played a variety of defenses against them,” said S-E coach Karen Mulligan of Hamilton.

Berg completed a monster night totaling 19 boards and six blocked shots to go with her points. Irwin totaled 19 points, five assists, and four steals.

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