State Regionals preview: Norwich versus South Jefferson


Another squad set for action Saturday in Syracuse is the Norwich girl’s team.

The Purple Tornado made a statement in the Class B section championship with an emphatic 66-42 win over Owego.

After a slow start, Norwich was all over the Indians from the second quarter on en route to the big win.

Afterwards, Norwich head coach Josh Bennett talked about a game back in late December against Bishop Kearney, a game in which his team lost big.

But, he believes that the decision to keep the team’s up-tempo, outrun everyone else playing style is what helped propel them to a championship, and that the state tournament isn’t the time to change that.

“We really decided after that game we’re not going to change anything. We’re going to go all the way with this, or we’re going to fall down with this. So, I mean, I don’t think we change anything. I think we continue to do what we’re doing, and we hope every Saturday that we can outlast everybody else,” he says.

Norwich will try to outlast South Jefferson on Saturday night up in Syracuse.

Tip off is at 7:15 pm.

The complete State Regionals schedule is listed below.

Saturday, 3/9 – SRC Arena, Syracuse
12 PM – Boy’s Class B Regionals, #24 Owego vs #16 Lowville
7:15 PM – Girl’s Class B Regionals, #2 Norwich vs #7 South Jefferson

Sunday, 3/10 – Floyd L. Maines Arena
10:30 AM – Girl’s Class A Regionals, #13 Seton Catholic Central vs Roosevelt
12:15 PM – Boy’s Class A Regionals, Johnson City vs #4 Poughkeepsie
2:15 PM – Girl’s Class C Regionals, #3 Watkins Glen vs #5 Cooperstown
4 PM – Boy’s Class C Regionals, #11 Unadilla Valley vs #4 Cooperstown
6 PM – Girl’s Class D Regionals, #3 South Kortright vs #20 Smithtown Christian
7:45 PM – Boy’s Class D Regionals, #9 Marathon vs #5 Bridgehampton

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