Jenny Borfitz tallied a game-high 23 points as the Norwich girls basketball team thumped visiting Waverly 73-49 in a Section 4 Class B semifinal game on Saturday.
“This is the best we played all year” Norwich coach Josh Bennett said, “Without a doubt.”
Breanna Cashman added 13 points and Carin Kuhn 9 for Norwich (13-6), which will face top seeded Oneonta in the Class B final on Saturday at the Broome County Arena. Oneonta edged the Purple Tornado in the two regular-season meetings.
The Purple Tornado came-out firing on all cylinders, building a 43-23 halftime advantage.
Defensively Megan Komendarek and Kassidy Seary did a solid job containing Reylyn Schwartzhoff, Waverly’s leading scorer who got in foul trouble early and finished with a team-high 16 points.
Candor 53, Sidney 50: At Candor, Sierra Szwec scored nine of her game-high 25 points in the fourth quarter, including a layup with about 40 seconds left in the game that gave the Indians a four-point lead on their way to advancing to the semifinals.
Szwec, who scored her 1,000th career point last weekend in the IAC Small School championship game, and Candor led by one point at halftime and extended its lead to as much as eight in the third quarter before Sidney rallied.
Brittni Swansborough added nine points and 15 rebounds for Candor, which plays host to Harpursville on Wednesday.
Lansing 58, Watkins Glen 33: At Lansing, Shea McCartney scored a game-high 24 points, leading the Bobcats into the Class C semifinals with a win over the Senecas.
Maura McCartney and Audrey Eastman added 12 points apiece for top-seeded Lansing (17-2), which will host fourth-seeded Elmira Notre Dame on Wednesday. The Crusaders beat the Bobcats in their previous meeting.
“We played really well out of the gate defensively,” Lansing coach Stuart Dean said. “We were able to get some transition baskets that allowed us to take an early lead. We were also able to get out and run and get some easier scoring chances.”
Amanda Pike scored 13 points to lead Watkins Glen (10-9).
Harpursville 77, Newfield 46: At Harpursville, Miranda Drummond scored 35 points and Shelby Medovich added 23 as the third-seeded Hornets pulled away in the second half for the Class C quarterfinal victory.
Drummond had 33 points over the first three quarters for Harpursville (20-0), which outscored Newfield, 25-12, in the third quarter to take a 61-36 lead. The St. Bonaventure-bound senior made her last 10 free throws after missing four of her first five.
Freshman Mariyah Byrd had 20 points to lead the Trojans (12-6).
Southern Cayuga 72, Afton 33: At SC, Adrianne Torea scored 19 points, Jessie Kopp added 12 and top seeded Southern Cayuga shot 52 percent from the field as they cruised into the Class D semifinals. They will face the winner of Milford/Schenevus on Wednesday at SUNY Oneonta.
Chenango Forks 1, Union-Endicott 0: At SUNY Broome, Josh Maus scored the game’s only goal as Chenango Forks edged U-E in a Broome County High School Hockey Association game. With the victory, Chenango Forks advances to play Maine-Endwell at 6:45 today at SUNY Broome. Union-Endicott is eliminated.
Maus’s unassisted goal came on a power play just four minutes into the game. He fired a high shot into the upper part of the goal that squeaked past U-E goalie Owen Miller. Derek Carman made 36 saves for CF, while Miller finished with 31 saves for U-E.