By Robert Jeffrey
Sun Sports Contributor
Frank Speziale Photo
NORWICH- With the Elmira Express viewed as the favorite to win the Southern Tier Athletic Conference semi-final match up over the host Purple Tornado, for the first three quarters of play it appeared as though the Tornado were destined for the STAC championship game, and with the momentum and energy on their side it looked like it was going to happen as the game turned into the final hour. Then an Elmira offensive onslaught took over the game, allowing the Express to chug along as the Tornado fell 55-40.
With the Norwich offense moving right along as the third period of play began, the host Purple flipped a 19-16 deficit into a 25-23 lead with 3:41 left to play in the quarter. The back-and-forth motion of the game called for the heroics from NHS’ Makenzie Maynard who connected on massive back-to-back three point baskets. The initial three with 3:41 left put the Tornado in the lead for the first time since the six minute mark of the second quarter.
Maynard’s next three-pointer pushed Norwich even closer to the finish line – putting the Tornado up 28-23 with 2:47 left in the quarter. However, the Express pushed forward, inching closer and closer to tying the ballgame as the quarter ended in a 30-29 lead for Norwich and it looked as though the Cinderella team in the Purple Tornado was still looking to dance.