CORNING TOO MUCH FOR WAVERLY
By: Tim Birney | Waverly Athletics | March 1, 2021 | Photo courtesy David Alliger
WAVERLY — Once in a while even good programs are overmatched Such was
the case here Monday night in Waverly’s 90-67 loss to Corning in
non-league boys basketball action.
“(Corning) just has so many weapons at both end of the floor,” said Waverly coach Lou Judson. “Their point guard, shooting guard and small forward / guard are the best three-man combo in all of Section IV. They’re just very, very good.
“They shoot the ball from 3-point range very well, and they share the ball extremely well.
“We were over-matched tonight, what can I say?” noted Judson. “They’re a Class AA team school, and probably the best team in Section IV.
“It’s probably the second-best team I’ve coach against — the best being the Seton Catholic team that won the state championship back in the early 2000s,” he added.
Corning, which used a balanced attack throughout the game, had five players scored at lead four points in the first quarter, led by Justin Rodriguez, who had a pair of 3-pointers and eight points, and Jackson Casey, who had six points on a pair of 3-pointers, to lead the Hawks to a 30-16 lead after the first eight minutes.
Waverly also had six players put their name in the scoring column, but none of them scored more than three points.
Corning’s onslaught slowed a tad in the second quarter as Landen Burch scored eight points, Casey Rodriguez, and Aiden Proudfoot added 3-pointers (to give the Hawks eight in the first half) in a 23-16 run that extended their lead to 53-32 at the intermission.
Senior Ryan Lambert and junior Davis Croft, who each hit 3-pointers, scored five points apiece in the stanza to lead the Wolverines.
“We competed for a while. We ended up putting 67 points on the board, we just gave up 90,” said Judson.
“I was really with how we were able to compete, and my guys played hard,” added Judson. “They accepted the challenge.”
The Hawks kicked back into high gear in the third quarter, with Burch tossing in 11 points and Proudfoot adding eight to fuel a 25-11 run that extended the lead to 78-43 heading into the final eight minutes.
Both teams went to their benches in the fourth quarter. Waverly had eight different players score, with six of them scoring at least three points, in a 24-11 run that provided the final margin.
Senior Aidan Westbrook had 11 points, five rebounds and one blocked shot, and senior Kobe Decker scored 11 points to lead the Wolverines, while Croft had nine points, three rebounds, and one blocked shot, and Lambert had eight points
Senior Peyton Bowen had seven points, a team-high six rebounds, and two steals, while junior Liam Traub had seven points and two blocked shots, and freshman Joey Tomasso added five points
Burch led Corning with 24 points, while Casey scored 15, Proudfoot added 14, and Rodriguez chipped in with 13 points.
Waverly falls to 5-4 on the season, but all four losses are against Class AA Horseheads, Elmira, and Corning.
“I’m super-proud of my guys, we just got done playing three Class AA schools in a row.
“I see it as my team got to play some teams we would never get to play during a regular school year because they wouldn’t play us due to sectional points,” said Judson.
“Hopefully, this is going to allow us to be a better basketball teams as we move forward into these next few games against teams more our size, and for those guys returning next year.
“I would have to think we had the toughest schedule of any Class B school in the state,” added Judson. “I think this will pay dividends in the long run.”
Waverly returns to action Tuesday at Owego.
“In Tioga County league play, we’re undefeated at 5-0, and Owego is 5-0 as well,” said Judson. “This is a big game for us, (Owego is) a Class B powerhouse, and we’ll get a chance to see how we stack up.”
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.