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By: Tim Birney | Waverly Athletics | January 31, 2020


SOUTHPORT, N.Y. — Despite being the focus of Notre Dame’s defense, 6-8 senior Scotty Woodring posted a monster double-double to lead Waverly to a 60-50 win Friday night in IAC South Large School boys basketball action.

Longtime Waverly coach Lou Judson said his team battled through adversity to earn the win Friday night.

“It’s definitely a tough place to play,” he said. “My team has gone through a lot in the last week, dealing with sickness.

“We had a couple guys sick tonight, and a couple more just coming down from that, Scotty (Woodring) being one of them,” noted Judson. “Then, you go into a hostile environment like Notre Dame with a big bull’s eye on your chest, it made for a difficult night.

“The rivalry has been good between our two programs over the years, it was a hard-fought game.

“We didn’t play our best, but we won a game we needed to win on the road to keep a 1-game advantage on Watkins Glen,” added Judson, whose Wolverines lead the Large School Division by one game with two games to play.

Despite being the subject of double- and triple-teams, Woodring scored 22 points, and hauled down a career-high 23 rebounds.

“(Notre Dame) trying to beat up Scotty was the story of the game,” laughed Judson.

“They had a good game plan coming in, be as physical as they could, and make the officials make a call,” noted Judson. “Unfortunately, (the officials) were reluctant to do that throughout the entire game. It’s a shame because Scotty was getting pounded on throughout the entire contest, but we managed to fight through it.”

Eighth-grader Joey Tomasso buried a pair of 3-pointers in the first quarter, and senior Jalen McCarty scored five points, including a 3-pointer, but Steve Gough and Joe Sheehan each connected on a trey and scored five points apiece to help the Crusaders to a 17-16 lead after the first eight minutes.

Waverly made 5 of 6 free throws in the first quarter, but that proved to be the exception, and not the rule.

Six different Wolverines scored in the second quarter in a 14-10 spurt to give them a 30-27 lead at the halftime intermission.

Waverly’s advantage could have been bigger, but it made just 4 of 11 free throws in the stanza.

Woodring, who had just six points in the first half, pumped in 10 points in the third quarter as Waverly upped its lead to 45-40 heading into the final eight minutes.

Woodring scored six more points in the fourth quarter, and McCarty knocked down another 3-pointer. Waverly made just 6 of 14 free-throw attempts, but it was enough to nail down the win. In all, Waverly made 16 free throws, and missed 17.

“We shot 33 free throws tonight, and only made 16, so we left 17 points on the floor tonight,” said Judson.

“We could never keep our momentum,” he added. “It seemed like we would get up five or six points, and (Notre Dame) would make a 3.”

Tomasso had 12 points, including a pair of 3-pointers, three rebounds, two assists, two steals, and one blocked shot, while McCarty had 10 points, including two 3-pointers, four rebounds, three assists, and two steals, junior Griffen Stein added seven points, three bounds, and one blocked shot, and junior Aidan Westbrook chipped in with five points.

“I thought Joey (Tomasso) was very composed tonight, and played a very good first half,” said Judson. “Jalen (McCarty) knocked down a couple of 3s for us, and I thought Kobe Decker gave us some positive minutes off the bench.

“I can’t remember the last time we had three guys in double-digits,” added Judson. “It’s nice to get that third scorer, it really helped us.”

Adam Ward led Notre Dame with 12 points, while Sheehan scored nine points, and Brody Nemeir added eight points.

Waverly, now 13-2 overall and 9-1 in IAC play, hosts second-place Watkins Glen Tuesday night with a chance to clinch a division title.

“I would have to say it’s the biggest game of the season,” said Judson. “It’s an opportunity for us to clinch the division on our home floor.

“We know Watkins Glen is a very good team, and they are probably a little disappointed in their performance last week,” he added. “I also know coach Fazzary is going to have his kids ready to play.”


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Tim Birney

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.