By Robert jeffrey
Sun Sports Contributor
Purple Tornado Blow Away the Blue Devils 54-42
BINGHAMTON – On a damp and dreary night on January 18th, it was the perfect storm for a Tornado comeback as the Norwich varsity girls basketball team fought their way to a Southern Tier Athletic Conference victory at Chenango Forks.
Led in scoring by the dominating offensive production of senior Makenzie Maynard who recorded 24 points in the contest, half of which came from beyond the arc. Aiding Maynard in the scoring department was fellow senior Meghan Komendarek who shot 50 percent from the charity stripe on a productive 14 point outing.
The Tornado found themselves down after the first period of play by a score of 15-13, the ensuing second quarter proved to be the key to the game as the Tornado outscored the Blue Devils 13-5. The Norwich Defense wouldn’t stop there as they were able to chase off any Forks sharpshooters from the three-point line, while only allowing one Blue Devil player to reach double-digit scoring.
Forks falls to (8-6) on the year while the Purple Tornado advance to (10-3) on the season. The Tornado find themselves on top of their division as they play host to their next game at Norwich High School tonight January 20, at 7:45 p.m. against fellow divisional foe Windsor.
N: 13 13 11 17—54
CF: 15 5 12 20—42
Norwich: Dowdall 3 0-2 6, Evans 3 0-0 6, Flynn 2 0-0 4, Komendarek 5 4-8 14, Maynard 10 0-0 24.
Totals: 23 4-10 54
Forks: Flynn 6 0-0 13, Gibbore 2 3-4 7, Stone 3 2-4 8, Yoest 2 3-3 7, Zimmerman 2 2-2 7.
Totals: 15 10-13 42
Three-Pointers: Norwich- Maynard (4); Forks- Flynn (1), Zimmerman (1)
JV: Norwich 46, CF 19.
Opening Half Hurts Crusaders, fall to Saints
NORWICH – On Tuesday January 17th, the Valley Heights Christian Academy girls varsity basketball team lost to the girls from Cortland Christian Academy by a score of 35-17. In a game that exhibited aggressive defense on both sides, in the end it was the offensive production of the Saints that outpaced the Crusaders. Cortland outscored the Crusaders in the first half by a score of 21-8, including an incredible defensive display as the Saints shut out the host Saints in the first period of play.