WAVERLY RALLIES IN FINAL MIINUTES TO EDGE CORNING, 39-3
By: Tim Birney | Waverly Athletics | March 1, 2021 | Photo courtesy Peter Kent
CORNING — Seniors Gabby Picco and Sidney Tomasso came up big for Waverly
in the final two minutes to lift the Lady Wolverines to a 39-36 win
over Corning here Monday night in non-league girls basketball action.
Corning jumped out to a 7-2 lead in the first three minutes of the game, but sophomore Kennedy Westbrook scored eight points, including a pair of 3-pointers, and8th-grader Addison Westbrook capped a 10-3 run that gave the Lady Wolverines a 12-10 lead after the first eight minutes.
Jayda Feller knocked down a 3-pointer for the Lady Hawks with 6:34 remaining in the first half to give them a 13-12 lead.
About 40 seconds later, Tomasso converted an old-fashioned three-point play for put Wavily back ahead 15-13, but those were the Lady Wolverines’ only points of the second quarter.
Corning’s Alexa Dobson scored with 4:05 remaining in the first half to tie the game at 15-15, and that was the score at the halftime intermission.
The teams traded points in the third quarter, and the game went into the fourth quarter tied at 26-26.
Waverly opened the fourth quarter with a 7-1 spurt to take a 33-27 with 4:49 left in the game, but Corning answered with a 9-0 spurt over the next three minuets for a 36-33 lead.
With 1:34 remaining in the contest, Picco drained a 3-pointer to tie the game at 36-36, then hit a free throw with 1 minute left to give the Lady Wolverines a 37-36 lead.
After a defensive stop, Tomasso knocked down a floater on the baseline with 10 seconds remaining to extend the lead to 39-36.
Picco sealed the win by blocking a potential game-tying 3-pointer by Corning at the buzzer.
Waverly, now 9-1, hosts Owego Tuesday night.
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.