WAVERLY SHAKES OFF SLOW START, ROUTS U-E, 63-3
By: Tim Birney | Waverly Athletics | January 6, 2020 | Photo courtesy DAVID ALLIGER
WAVERLY — Waverly shook off a slow start, and pulled away in the second half of a 63-36 rout of Union-Endicott here Monday night in non-league girls basketball action.
Layla McKeiver scored eight points in the first quarter to help the Lady Tigers to a 15-9 lead, but Waverly used a balanced attack in the second quarter to rally.
Freshman Kennedy Westbrook scored six points, including a 3-pointer, junior Sidney Tomasso had five points, sophomore Lourden Benjamin added four, and senior Gianna Picco and sophomore Olivia NIttinger each connected on 3-pointers in a 21-13 run that gave the Lady Wolverines a 30-28 lead at the halftime intermission.
The second half was all Waverly, which allowed just three field goals.
Tomasso scored seven points in the third quarter, while Westbrook and Nittinger added four points apiece in a 19-5 blitz that upped Waverly’s advantage to 49-33 heading into the final eight minutes.
Tomasso added five more points, including a 3-pointer, and five of her teammates also put their name in the scorebook in a 14-3 game-closing run.
Tomasso led Waverly with 19 points, while Westbrook scored 12 points, including a pair of 3-pointers, Nittinger had 10 points, PIcco had eight points, senior Paige Lewis added seven points, and Benjamin chipped in with four points.
McKeiver led U-E with 15 points.
Waverly, now 6-2, returns to action Friday when it travels to Lansing.
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.