Sabers Rally Past Purple Tornado
Published: February 12th, 2015
By: Patrick Newell

Sabers rally past Purple Tornado

Girls' Basketball

Susquehanna Valley 65, Norwich 55

NORWICH – Susquehanna Valley held Norwich scoreless for over four minutes in the fourth quarter, and in that time scored 15 straight points to rally past the Purple Tornado Wednesday night.

Norwich led by 13 after one half, but quickly saw that advantage melt away. SV turned Norwich over three times within a 20-second stretch of the third quarter, and turned all three NHS miscues into buckets.

Caitlyn Knapp had eight points in the third for the Sabers as they trimmed the margin to 48-43.

After a driving layup by Hannah Haskell cut Norwich's lead to 49-48 with 5:31 remaining in the game, Norwich's Caitlyn Brown answered with a three in the right corner at the 4:46 mark that caromed off the backboard before falling through twine.

Norwich didn't score again until the final 30 seconds when a Shelby Benjamin free throw halted SV's 15-point uprising.

"We just struggled with their pressure," said Norwich coach Josh Bennett. "Then we started doing better against their press, and the game got into a pace that didn't benefit us, and benefited their game."

Norwich jumped out to a 34-21 halftime advantage behind 10 points from Meghan Komendarek and nine from Savannah Williams. Williams led Norwich with 14 points before fouling out with 1:36 to play, and Komendarek posted a double-double with 13 points and 13 rebounds.

Norwich's JV team improved to 13-1 defeating SV, 45-41. Caroline Stewart led Norwich with 14 points.

Susquehanna Valley: Holly Manchester, 0; Jordyn Williams, 1 2-2-4; Courtney Knapp, 2 1-2-5; Shayna Lee, 1 3-4-5; Paige Finch, 0 2-4-2; Hannah Haskell, 5 3-3-13 ; Michaela Haskell, 1 1-2-3; Caitlyn Knapp, 6 7-11-20; Mallory Gregory, 0; Erin Nolan, 4 5-6-13. Totals: 20 24-34-65 .

Norwich: Caitlyn Brown, 1 0-0-3; Carin Kuhn 3 1-1-8; Kassidy Seary, 2 0-0-4; Makenzie Maynard, 2 0-2-4; Meghan Komendarek, 5 3-6-13; Bridget Murphy, 0; Savannah Williams, 4 5-8-14; Shelby Benjamin, 2 5-6-9. Totals: 19 14-23-55.

SVall 13 8 22 22–65

Norw. 21 13 14 7–55

Fouled out: (N) Williams. Three-point goals: (N) Brown, Kuhn, Williams. (SV) Knapp. JV: Norwich won 45-41. Officials: Washburn, Dadamio.

Unadilla Valley 62, Hancock 56

NEW BERLIN – Unadilla Valley enters postseason play on a roll winning for the seventh time in eight games, Wednesday night against visiting Hancock.

Breanna Christian pumped in five threes and scored 20 points, and Sierra Badger added a season-high 18 points.

Badger scored 12 in the second half, and Christian had three threes in the third quarter as Hancock hung within two points entering the fourth. Hannah Lazarus added six points in the fourth for the Storm (12-7) winding up with 10.

"It was another great team win, and we're playing well heading into sectionals," said UV coach Brandi Whitbeck.

Hancock: Alexis Houghton, 5 2-2-12; Natasha Picozzi, 0; Megan Hunter, 2 0-0-6; Caitlyn Smith, ; Ashley Drake, 5 5-5-17 Lizzy Simpson, 1 2-2-4; Jessica Worzel, 2 0-0-5; Mallory Rutledge, 1 0-0-3; Trinity Gutthardt, 0 1-2-1; Andrea Wadeson, 4 0-3-8; Sage Evanitsky, 0. Totals: 20 10-14-56.

UV: Sierra Badger, 9 0-1-18; Breanna Christian, 7 1-1-20; Hunter Lakin,1 0-0-2 ; Shannon McIntyre, 1 2-2-4; Julia Oglesby, 4 0-0-8; Hannah Lazarus, 4 2-2-10; Kaleigh Fairchild, 0; Shelby Meade, 0; Michaela Williams 0. Totals: 26 5-6-62.

Hanc. 7 12 21 16–56

UVall 10 13 19 20–62

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