Norwich beats Forks for second time this season

Girls’ Basketball

Norwich 55, Chenango Forks 42

CHENANGO FORKS – Unlike its first meeting with Chenango Forks, Norwich was not able to run away from the Blue Devils.

Norwich used a strong third quarter to open up a 12-point lead, and improved its record to 10-2 on the season Thursday.

Shelby Benjamin scored 13 points for Norwich, six coming in the first half when the Blue Devils made a run at the Tornado to close the margin to 28-24 at the half. Bridget Murphy also came up big off the bench scoring seven of her nine points in the second quarter.

“They played much better offensively, and we weren’t able to turn them over nearly as much as the first time we played them,” said Norwich coach Josh Bennett of Forks. “That allowed them to get back and defend us in the halfcourt.”

Chenango Forks made a mini-run early in the fourth to close the Norwich lead to single digits. Benjamin and Meghan Komendarek each had five for Norwich in the fourth quarter to re-establish command.

“I was proud of my kids for executing in the tough spots when they made runs at us in the middle of the second quarter and the beginning of the fourth,” Bennett said.

Norwich: Caitlyn Brown, 2 0-0-5; Carin Kuhn 4 0-0-9; Kassidy Seary, 0; Makenzie Maynard, 2 3-4-7; Meghan Komendarek, 3 2-9-8; Bridget Murphy, 4 0-1-9; Savannah Williams, 1 2-2-4; Shelby Benjamin, 5 3-6-13; Courtney Scheer, 0. Totals: 21 10-22-10.

Chenango Forks:  Taylor Gibbore, 7 2-2-17; Clark, 0; Alex Yoest, 4 0-0-10; Haley Benscoter, 0; Lyndsey Stone, 0 0-2-0; Tori Transue, 5 2-2-12; Hanna Layton, 0 1-4-1. Totals:  16 5-10-42.

Nor. 14 14 14 13–55

CFks 12 12 6 12–42

Fouled out: Three-point goals: (N) Brown, Kuhn, B. Murphy. (CF) Gibbore 3, Yoest 2. JV: Norwich won 54-21.

Bainbridge-Guilford 57, Oxford 21

OXFORD – Bainbridge-Guilford put a stamp on its victory over Oxford with an impressive third quarter in Thursday’s matchup.

The Bobcats (11-2) outscored Oxford 25-5 in the period led by nine points from Becca Reyes, six from Morgan Bullis, and five from Megan Palmatier. “They really came out and dominated the third. They pressured us defensively and got out in transition,” said Oxford coach Chris Palmer. “I thought we played them tough in the first half, and we battled with them on the boards.”

B-G did have a decisive 54-19 rebounding advantage in the game.

Palmatier was the lone B-G player in double figures finishing with 13 points.

Vada Mack had nine for Oxford, who play at Unadilla Valley Wednesday.

B-G: Shayla Baldwin, 0; Megan Ferrara, 2 0-0-4; Abigail Selfridge, 3 2-4-8; Marissa Thornton, 1 1-2-3; Morgan Bullis, 4 0-3-8; Cadi Barber, 1 0-0-2; Casey Davis, 2 0-0-4; Darcy McElligott, 0; Rebecca Reyes, 2 5-5-9; Megan Palmatier, 4 5-8-13; Taylor Palmatier, 3 0-0-6. Totals: 22 13-22-57.

Oxford: Sara Hodge, 0; Jessica Houghtaling, 0; Leah Karn, 2 0-0-5; Patti Simpson, 1 3-4-5; Sarah Pratt, 1 0-0-2; Rachel Seiler, 0; Vada Mack, 4 1-4-9. Totals: 8 4-8-21.

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