WAVERLY PULLS AWAY; TOPS ATHENS, 29-16, IN VALLEY CHRISTMAS TITLE TILT
By: Tim Birney | Waverly Athletics | December 30, 2019 | Photo courtesy Tim Birney
TOWANDA — Waverly took an early lead, and pulled away for a 29-16 win over Athens here Saturday morning in the junior varsity girls championship game of the annual Valley Christmas Tournament.
Waverly led 8-5 after the first quarter, and extended their lead to 14-7 at the half with a 6-2 spurt in the second quarter.
Ashlen Croft, Alivia Daddona, and Addison Westbrook scored four points apiece in the first half, and the Lady Wolverines were 6-for-6 from the free-throw line.
Paige Robinson scored four points in the third quarter as Waverly used a 7-3 spurt to up its advantage to 21-10 entering the final eight minutes.
Croft, who was 6-for-6 from the free-throw line in the game, scored six points in the fourth quarter as Waverly put the game away.
Croft led all scorers with 12 points, while Westbrook and Robinson added six points apiece, and Daddona chipped in with four.
Karlee Bartlow led Athens with seven points, while Caydence Macik added six points, 11 rebounds, and four steals, Natalie Watson grabbed six boards, and Hannah Blackman added five boards.
Waverly 44, Towanda 32
At Towanda, Waverly used a 16-0 run to take control en route to a 44-32 win over Towanda Friday afternoon in the opening round of the annual Valley Christmas Tournament.
Waverly led 6-4 after the first quarter, but both teams heated up from the field in the second quarter.
Paige Robinson scored 10 points, including a 3-pointer and an old-fashioned three-point play, but her last bucket of the quarter, with 23 seconds remaining, gave the junior Lady Wolverines a 22-20 lead at the half, and triggered the decisive run.
Waverly’s defense shut out Towanda in the third period, while Peyton Shaw scored four points, Michaela Lauper added a conventional three-point play, and Robinson knocked down a 3-pointer to fuel a 14-0 run that put Waverly up 36-20 entering the final eight minutes.
Robinson led Waverly with 18 points, while Shaw scored 10, and Ashlen Croft added eight.
About the Author
Tim Birney is the founder / owner of River Road Media Group. He was born and raised in the Valley, graduating from Waverly High School in 1984.
Birney earned an Associate's Degree in Journalism from SUNY Morrisville in 1986 and a Bachelor's Degree in Journalism / Public Relations from Utica College of Syracuse University in 1988. He began his newspaper career at The Daily Review in Towanda in 1989, before moving on to The Evening Times in 1995. He spent more than 10 years at the Times, the last four as Managing Editor.
River Road Media Group includes Valley Sports Report (launched Aug. 10, 2009), Tioga County (NY) Sports Report (Aug. 13, 2018), and Northern Tier Sports Report (Aug. 31, 2020). Southern Tier Sports Report is set to launch in 2021.