WAVERLY ROLLS TO 68-32 WIN OVER EDISON
By: Tim Birney | Waverly Athletics | December 9, 2021 | Photo courtesy David Alliger
WAVERLY — Edison kept it close for the first eight minutes, but Waverly opened up its lead in the second quarter, and pulled away in the second half on its way to a 68-32 win over Thomas A. Edison here Thursday night in IAC South Large School girls basketball action.
Waverly junior Kennedy Westbrook knocked down a trio of 3-pointers, and scored 14 points in the first quarter, but Edison's Peyton Littlefield answered with eight points, including a pair of 3-pointers, to keep it close. Waverly led 17-12 after the first eight minutes.
Kennedy Westbrook and her younger sister, freshman Addison Westbrook, scored four points apiece, and sophomore Peyton Shaw knocked down a 3-pointer in a 13-5 spurt that pushed the Lady Wolverines' lead to 30-17 at the half.
In the third quarter, Waverly limited Edison to just five points, while three different players — Addison Westbrook, senior Olivia Nittinger, and sophomore Paige Robinson — found the range from behind the three-point arc in a 17-5 blitz that pushed the lead to 47-22 entering the final eight minutes.
The Lady Wolverines didn't slow down in the fourth quarter as Nittinger scored seven points, including a 3-pointer, and Robinson, senior Lourden Benjamin each canned 3-pointers in a 21-10 game-closing run.
Kennedy Westbrook scored a game-high 24 points, including three 3-pointers, to go along with five steals, and three assists, while Nittinger scored 12 points, including a pair of 3-pointers, and Addison Westbrook had nine points, three rebounds, and five steals.
Shaw had eight points and six rebounds in the win, while Robinson had eight points, including two 3-pointers, and six rebounds, Benjamin added five points and seven rebounds, sophomore Ashlen Croft had three boards and one blocked shot, and junior Alyvia Daddona grabbed three rebounds.
Littlefield led Edison with 17 points and four 3-pointers, and Maren Lutz added seven points.
Waverly, now 2-1, returns to action Thursday at Watkins Glen.
IN PHOTO 1: Waverly's Kennedy Westbrook. … 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.