Nicole Kaczmarczyk scored 27 points and grabbed 13 rebounds, leading the Union-Endicott girls basketball team to a season opening 54-48 victory over Utica Notre Dame in the Pennysaver tournament at Norwich.
Kaczmarczyk, a senior, made twelve total field goals and was supplemented by teammates Victoria Mattarell who had six points and six assists and Kayla Prosinski who finished with 11 points and four steals. Utica Notre Dame is the defending state champion in Class C.
The Tigers (1-0) advance to play host Norwich at 7:45 p.m. today in the championship game.
Binghamton 54, Corning 31: At Binghamton, Corning led by two points at the end of the first quarter, but the Patriots outscored the visitors 20-4 in the second quarter. Junior forward Olivia Ramil scored eight points during the Patriots’ second-quarter surge.
Ramil finished with 12 points and seven rebounds. Senior forward Adrienne Graves recorded a double-double with 12 points and 10 rebounds for the Patriots (1-0, 1-0 STAC). The Patriots held Corning to 15 first-half points.
Norwich 63, Liverpool 49: At Norwich, Megan Komendarek produced 17 points and Shelby Benjamin contributed 15 to lead the Purple Tornado to a season-opening victory over Class AA Liverpool.
Norwich will play Union-Endicott in the championship game of the Pennysaver Tournament.
Owego 40, Chenango Valley 34: At Chenango Valley, Emily Merrill led all scoring with 18 points on 9 2-pointers to lead Owego.
The Indians (2-1) took a seven point lead at the end of the half and pulled away in the third quarter, outscoring Chenango Valley 14-5. The Warriors (1-2) rallied with 16 points in the fourth quarter, as Dani Forbidussi hit two 3-pointers, but couldn’t overcome the deficit. Forbidussi led the Warriors with 16 points.
Union-Endicott 71, Ithaca 62: at Ithaca, Matt Bowman had 29 points and 12 rebounds as Union-Endicott (2-0) rallied from a halftime deficit to defeat the Little Red.
A night after hitting 15 three-pointers in an 89-47 rout of Owego, the Tigers leaned on the inside play of Bowman, who had 12 points in the second quarter to keep U-E within 32-29 at halftime after Ithaca opened the game with a 9-0 run.
“He got hot, so we just kept pounding it down there to him,” U-E coach Joe Alger said of Bowman. “He played with a chip on his shoulder, when we needed a basket he got it for us.”
Matt Gaydorus added 16 points for U-E. Jelani Fontanez had 20 points and Steven Stage 18 points to pace Ithaca.
Oneonta 84, Windsor 65: At Windsor, Albert Odero scored a game high 33 points and George Foti registered 20 to pace Oneonta, which hit an impressive 13 3-pointers and held a comfortable 20 point halftime lead.
Nate Wrighter (20 points) and Mike Beebe (18 points) paced Windsor.
Chenango Valley 62, Owego 51: At Owego, Mark Mullins scored 22 points and Caleb Hertzog added 20 to help the Warriors improve to 3-0.
Hertzog finished an impressive 5-of-7 on 3-pointers.
Seton Catholic Central 56, Chenango Forks 39: At Seton Catholic Central, junior forward Connor Wilson posted a double-double to lead the Saints, scoring 11 points and adding 10 rebounds and 8 steals.
The Saints (3-1) led 32-13 at the half, outscoring Chenango Forks (0-1) 18-8 in the first quarter and 14-5 in the second. The Saints forced 30 turnovers from the Blue Devils while posting 21 total assists.
Vestal 61, Elmira 49: At Vestal, senior Joe D’Esti recorded a triple-double, scoring 11 points with 16 rebounds and 10 blocked shots, all varsity-highs, to lead the Golden Bears.
Andrew O’Hara added 19 points, knocking down seven field goals and shooting 5-for-6 from the free throw line while Elijah Mushalla scored 13 points and went 7-for-10 from the line. Elmira’s Tyler Moffe scored a game-high 24 points to lead the Express.