Purple Tornado Basketball: Boys Race Past Greene; Ladies Falter At West Genesee
Published: December 29th, 2021
By: Robert Jeffrey

Norwich 76, Greene 38

NEW BERLIN — The Norwich Boys basketball team advanced to the pinnacle of the Unadilla Valley Holiday Tournament with a 76-38 thrashing of the Greene Trojans on Tuesday night.

Norwich took advantage of a gigantic opening half, sandwiching a 21 point first quarter and a 24 point second stanza around excellent defense to take a commanding 45-16 halftime lead.

The Tornado trio of Keegan Franklin, Jerell Stokes, and Steven Dowdall combined for 36 of Norwich’s 45 first half points to pace the offensive attack. The Norwich offense looked very different to their earlier hardwood performances as they relied less heavily on three point buckets, amassing a whopping 27 two-point field goals in the contest while also shooting a season high 86% percent from the charity stripe.

For Greene, William Dunlap led the way with 12 points for the Trojan’s with Terrick Brown pitching in seven markers. Greene will play the Unadilla Valley Storm in today’s consolation game of the Unadilla Valley Holiday Tournament at Unadilla Valley high school at 3:30pm.

Norwich junior Jerell Stokes led the Purple with a game-high 18 points, senior Keegan Franklin added in 17 points and freshman Steven Dowdall scored 14 points. The Tornado return to the hardwood to play the Marauders of Sherburne-Earlville (5-4) in the Unadilla Valley Holiday Tournament finale with tip-off slated for 6:30pm at Unadilla Valley High School.

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Greene: 6 10 12 10- 38

Norwich: 21 24 17 14 – 76

Norwich (3-4): Torin Lawrence 7, Jerell Stokes 18, Colin Olds 2, Trent Wessels 2, Anthony Ragonese 6, Steven Dowdall 14, Keegan Franklin 17, Wyatt Thornton 5, Logan Ford 5. 30 FG, 13-15 FT – 76

Greene: L. Flanagan 6, J. Vielandi 2, T. Brown 7, M. Swift 6, J. Eroshevich 3, Aiden Pickard 2, William Dunlap 12. 17 FG, 2-7 FT- 38

3-point goals: Norwich 3 (Stokes, Dowdall, Thornton); Greene 2 (Dunlap 2)

West Genesee 47, Norwich 41

CAMILLUS — The Purple Tornado girls basketball team dropped a 47-41 decision to the West Genesee Wildcats in the More Than Just A Game Tournament on Tuesday afternoon.

The visiting Tornado held a 30-19 advantage headed into the halftime break, thanks in large part to nine first half points from Norwich senior Margaret Dougher. Notably, seven different Tornado players each recorded two or more points over the first 16 minutes of play.

In the second half, the host Wildcats turned up their offense and severely limited the Tornado opportunities on defense. Over the final two quarters, West Genesee outscored Norwich 27-11, while also not allowing a Purple Tornado field goal in the third period. For Norwich, the diverse scoring once seen in the opening half dwindled, to where only three different NHS cagers recorded a point after halftime. The Wildcat’s senior tandem of Molly Benetti and Mollie James each recorded nine points apiece in the second half to lead the charge offensively for West Genny.

Margaret Dougher led Norwich with 13 points with fellow senior Emily Evans chipping in 10 points. The aforementioned Benetti and James led the way for the Wildcats scoring 16 and 12 points respectively in the victory.

Norwich (3-2) is back in action on Wednesday December 29th when they will travel to Rome, NY to take on the 19th ranked team in Class AA- Rome Free Academy with tip-off slated for 5:15pm.

Score by Quarters

Norwich: 16 14 2 9 - 41

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W. Genesee: 11 8 13 14 - 47

Norwich (3-2): Maddy Morris 6, Olivia Schiraldi 5, Emily Evans 10, Devin Flanagan 3, Margaret Dougher 13, Cameron VanHouten 2, MacKenzie Hess 2. 14 FG, 7-8 FT – 41

West Genesee: E. DiPola 7, C. Sidorovski 4, M. Benetti 16, K. Jones 4, H. Sparks 4, M. James 12. 17 FG 6-12 FT- 47

3-point goals: Norwich 6 (Morris 2, Dougher 2, Schiraldi, Flanagan); West Genesee 3 (Dipola, Jones, Sparks)