WAVERLY JV OPENS SEASON WITH 61-49 WIN OVER DRYDEN
By: Tim Birney | Waverly Athletics | December 6, 2021 | Photo courtesy David Alliger
WAVERLY — An 18-8 second-quarter run powered Waverly to a 61-49 season-opening win over Dryden here Monday night in IAC crossover junior varsity boys basketball action.
"I'm very proud of the kids," said Waverly JV coach Michael Croft. "Anyone who saw where we were at one week ago in our season compared to last night â€¦ it was a drastic improvement."
Carter George drained a par of 3-pointers, while Jake VanHouten had an old-fashioned three-point play, and Nehemiah Anthony canned a 3-pointer to help Waverly to a 14-11 lead after the first eight minutes.
Anthony scored five points in the second quarter, and VanHouten and George added four points apiece to fuel the 18-8 run that put the Wolverines up 32-19 at the half.
George scored seven more points in the third quarter, and VanHouten added five, but Dryden kept pace as both teams scored 17 points, leaving Waverly ahead 49-36 entering the final eight minutes.
George led Waverly with 22 points, including a trio of 3-pointers, six rebounds, five steals, and three assists, while VanHouten had 17 points,including two 3-pointers, seven rebounds, and four steals, and Anthony added 12 points and four boards.
Bryce Laforest chipped in with six points, three rebounds, three assists, and four steals in the win, while Jon Searles hauled down seven rebounds, and Ben Shaw dished out three assists.
Waverly travels to Tioga Wednesday night.
IN PHOTO 1: Waverly's Carter George. â€¦ PHOTOS BY DAVID ALLIGER — TRAVELING PORTRAITS.
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.