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By: Tim Birney | Waverly Athletics | December 17, 2021


SOUTHPORT, N.Y. — Waverly’s fourth-quarter rally from 10 points down fell just short in a 48-46 setback to Notre Dame here Friday night in IAC junior varsity boys basketball action.

Notre Dame jumped out to a 7-0 lead, but Carter George and Jake VanHouten combined for seven points to tie the game after the first eight minutes.

Notre Dame took a 17-15 lead into the halftime locker room, then outscored Waverly 13-5 in the third quarter, and led 30-20 heading into the final eight minutes.

VanHouten pumped in 11 points in the fourth quarter, Jon Searles scored seven, and George added six points, including a 3-pointer, but a missed free throw in the final minute prevented the junior Wolverines from tying the game.

Waverly made just 9 of 21 free-throw attempts in the fourth quarter, and made just 13 of 29 in the game.

VanHouten led Waverly with 18 points and nine rebounds, while George had 14 points and seven rebounds, and Searles added seven points and 18 rebounds, including nine offensive boards.

Nehemiah Anthony chipped in with six points in the win, and Bryce Laforest recorded three steals.


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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.