Norwich 41, Oneonta 35
NORWICH – Norwich junior Savannah Williams quashed Oneonta's upset bid hitting four free throws in the final 30 seconds to seal the Purple Tornado's 14th win of the season Friday night.
Norwich saw its double-digit lead evaporate in the third and fourth quarters as the Yellowjackets turned the game into a physical scrap with copious amounts of turnovers, loose ball scrambles, and players hitting the deck scrapping for every possession.
"It definitely was a rough game," said Norwich coach Josh Bennett. "Oneonta did a great job of making the game ugly, which was to their advantage. I was very happy that we made big plays when we needed to."
In the end, Norwich made just enough plays to survive.
After six straight points by Norwich's Shelby Benjamin to start the third, Norwich was cruising with a 27-11 advantage. The margin was quickly whittled down after an 11-0 Oneonta run over the final four minutes of the quarter to make it a five-point game entering the fourth.
After back-to-back Norwich turnovers with under three minutes to play, Oneonta took its only lead of the second half when Madison Miller powered up a shot over Norwich's Meghan Komendarek for the 34-33 advantage with 2:05 to play.
Norwich countered on the next possession when Komendarek grabbed an offensive rebound off a Makenzie Maynard miss, and put back the layup giving Norwich the lead for good.
Carin Kuhn finished a fast-break layup after a Maynard steal, and Williams finished off an 11-point night – including 6-for-6 from the free throw line.
Norwich was 6-for-8 from the foul line in the final quarter, while Oneonta struggled throughout the night from the charity stripe hitting 5-for-10 in the fourth quarter and just 8-for-23 foul shots for the game.
Komendarek just missed a double-double scoring nine points to go with 14 rebounds. Benjamin had eight points, all in the second half.
Norwich's junior varsity finished off a 15-1 season with a 62-37 victory. Kara Evans led Norwich with 18, Kaitlyn Dowdall netted 14, Caroline Stewart scored 12, and Cierra Sherman finished with 10 points.
Norwich hosts an undetermined opponent Wednesday at 6 p.m. in the STAC semifinals.
Oneonta: Taylor Microni, 4 0-2-9; Brie Baker 3 4-11-10; Rachael Brown, 0; Deseray Thomas, 0; Ally Baker, 1 3-6-5; Caroline McGraw, 0; Madison Miller, 5 1-4-11; Teagan Mackey, 0. Totals: 13 8-23-35
Norwich: Caitlyn Brown, 0; Carin Kuhn 2 0-1-4; Kassidy Seary, 0; Makenzie Maynard, 2 3-4-7; Meghan Komendarek, 4 1-3-9; Bridget Murphy, 0; Savannah Williams, 2 6-6-11; Shelby Benjamin, 3 2-2-8; Courtney Scheer, 0; Ashley Murphy, 1 0-0-2. Totals: 14 12-16-41.
Onenta 9 2 11 13–35
Norw 7 14 6 14–41
Fouled out: (N) Benjamin. Three-point goals: (O) Microni. (N) Williams. JV: Norwich won 62-37. Officials: Haynes, Linehan.
Stockbridge Valley 60, Otselic Valley 43
MUNNSVILLE – Olivia Marshall had 17 points for Stockbridge Valley, who defeated the Vikings for the second time in less than a week this past Thursday.
Amber Meigs had a game-high 18 points for the Vikings, who were down only six entering the fourth quarter. Crystal Hayner added 12 points and Jillian Waltz scored 10.
Meigs had 10 points in the first half as OV trailed by just one. Meigs did not have a field goal in the second half, but did get to the foul line often making eight of 12 attempts.
OV: Jessica Ossont, 0; Amber Meigs, 5 8-12-18; Sara Kenyon, 0; Jillian Waltz, 5 0-2-10; Fran Cortez, 0 1-2-1; Lauren Kenyon, 0; Crystal Hayner, 5 0-8-12; Amber Thornton, 1 0-0-2. Totals: 16 9-24-43...