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By: Tim Birney | Waverly Athletics | March 6, 2021 | Photo courtesy David Alliger


WAVERLY — Elmira got off to a fast start, then blew the game open in the third quarter on its way to a 60-48 non-league girls basketball win over Waverly here Saturday afternoon on the final day of the 2021 season.

Mea Abrams scored five points in the first quarter, and Megan Fedor added four as the Express jumped out to a 14-6 lead after the first eight minutes.

The Lady Wolverines, playing without senior Gabby Picco, managed just one field goal in the opening stanza — a 3-pointer by freshman Peyton Shaw late in the quarter.

Eighth-grader Addison Westbrook knocked down a 3-pointer and had five points in the second quarter, and senior Sidney Tomasso added four points, but Abrams scored eight points, including a pair of 3-pointers, and four of her teammates added buckets as the Express added to its advantage, taking a 30-20 lead into the halftime locker room.

Abrams canned two more 3-pointers, and pumped in 10 points in the third quarter, and Fedor added five points, including an old-fashioned three-point play, to fuel a 23-12 run that gave Elmira a 53-32 lead heading into the final eight minutes.

Shaw scored five points in the third quarter for the Lady Wolverines, while Tomasso added four free throws, and sophomore Kennedy Westbrook chipped in with a conventional three-point play.

Tomasso, who had just one field goal in the first three quarter, broke loose in the fourth quarter, knocking down a pair of 3-pointers and scoring 12 points as Waverly cut into the Elmira lead with a 16-7 run.

Tomasso, who finished the season averaging 24.2 points per game, led Waverly with 22 points, while Shaw scored 11 points, Kennedy Westbrook added eight points, and Addison Westbrook chipped in with five.

Abrams led Elmira with 24 points and five 3-pointers, and Fedor added 14 points.

Waverly wraps up the 2021 season with an 11-2 record.


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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.