Big first half propels Norwich past Wildcats

Girls’ Basketball

Norwich 68, Johnson City 44

NORWICH – A blistering first half had Norwich in front by 24 points, and the Tornado cruised home over the final two quarters in a home victory over Johnson City Wednesday night.

Utilizing a trapping press, Norwich scored the first eight points of the game and led 18-6 at the first turn. Norwich extended the margin in the second quarter, and finished the half on a 9-2 spurt.

Shelby Benjamin hit a jumper from just right of the foul line, Savannah Williams drove for a layup, and a Williams blocked shot kicked off a fast break that ended in a Makenzie Maynard layup late in the second quarter.

Maynard had 18 points for Norwich in the win, Williams scored 11 off the bench, and Meghan Komendarek just missed a double-double scoring nine points and pulling down 11 rebounds.

“I thought we did a nice job turning them over in the first half and finishing around the rim,” said Norwich coach Josh Bennett. “But we were very sloppy in both halves; very casual. It was disappointing considering how well we played over the break.”

Despite a subpar night of passing the ball, Norwich raised its mark to 8-1 on the season.

In the junior varsity game, Caroline Stewart scored 14 points for Norwich in a 48-29 victory. The Tornado host Chenango Forks on Friday.

JC: Morgan Chilson, 3 0-0-6; Vivian Ladd, 1 1-5-3; Beth Krome, 2 0-2-5; Grace Corbett, 2 0-0-5; Taylor Johnson, 2 1-2-6; Leticia Torres, 0; Glory Thomas, 2 0-0-6; Stella Safari, 3 0-1-6; Asia Braidham, 0; Lydia Ladd, 3 0-1-6; Chay Moncreift-Hawkins, 0 1-2-1. Totals: 18 3-11-44.

Norwich: Caitlyn Brown, 3 0-0-8 ; Carin Kuhn 2 1-1-5; Kassidy Seary, 1 0-0-2; Makenzie Maynard, 6 5-8-18; Carey Sheldon, 2 0-0-4; Meghan Komendarek, 3 3-4-9; Bridget Murphy, 1 0-0-2; Savannah Williams, 5 0-0-11; Shelby Benjamin, 3 1-4-7; Courtney Scheer, 0; Ashley Murphy, 1 0-0-2. Totals: 27 10-17-68.

JC 6 11 10 17–44

Nor. 18 23 15 12–68

Fouled out: none. Three-point goals: (JC) Krome, Corbett, Johnson, Thomas 2. (N) Brown 2, Maynard, Williams. JV: Norwich won 48-29. Officials: Bennett, Dadamio.

Greene 52, Afton 19

GREENE – Just over two weeks ago, Greene had to rally out of an early deficit to defeat Afton. Wednesday, the Trojans led from start to finish.

“We were much more aggressive than we have been,” said Greene coach Dave Gorton. “Offensively, we shared the ball. We also scored a lot of points in transition early in the game, and we made some outstanding passes.”

Katie Carey led Greene with 14 points, and freshman Alyssa Sands contributed 12 off the bench. Sands had eight points in the first half as Greene staked itself to a 29-8 lead.

“Alyssa was active defensively, and she gave us a spark,” Gorton said. “It was the best she has played all season.”

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