WAVERLY WIPES OUT EARLY DEFICIT; TOPS HORSEHEADS, 56-4
By: Tim Birney | Waverly Athletics | February 25, 2021 | Photo courtesy David Alliger
WAVERLY — Waverly went on a 13-0 run in the second quarter to wipe out
an eight-point deficit on its way to a 56-43 win over Horseheads in
non-league girls basketball action.
Horseheads led 14-9 at the end of the first quarter, and 20-12 with 6:50 remaining in the first half, but Waverly caught fire and scored 13 straight points.
Senior Sidney Tomasso, who was held scoreless in the first quarter, knocked down a 3-pointer with 5:53 left in the second quarter, and sophomore Kennedy Westbrook added a 3-pointer 40 seconds later to cut the deficit to 20-18.
Peyton Shaw tied the game with 4:19 left in the first half, and senior Gabby Picco gave the Lady Wolverines the lead for good 29 seconds later with an old-fashioned three-point play.
Tomasso capped the run with a short jumper to make it 25-20 with 1:29 left in the first half.
Tomasso, who hit two free throws in the final seconds of the second quarter to give Waverly a 27-22 lead at the break, knocked down a 3-pointer with 5:48 left in the third quarter to increase the lead to nine points, at 33-24.
Tomasso’s third 3-pointer of the game with 2:25 left in the third quarter stretched the Waverly lead to 10 points, at 38-28.
A 3-pointer by Westbrook, and a pair of free throws by Tomasso pushed the Waverly lead to 43-29 with 1:02 remaining in the third quarter.
Tomasso, who was 12-for-12 from the free-throw line in the game, made four freebies, sandwiched around a bucket by Shaw, in the first two minutes of the final stanza to extend the Waverly lead to 49-33.
After a 3-pointer by Horseheads trimmed the deficit to 49-36, Waverly used a 7-0 spurt, capped by a Picco 3-pointer, to take its biggest lead, at 56-36, with 2:43 left in the contest.
Tomasso led Waverly with 23 points, including a trio of 3-pointers, while Westbrook, who also had three 3-pointers, scored 15 points, and Picco, who hit a pair of treys, added 13 points. Shaw chipped in with four points.
Jenna Granger led Horseheads with 14 points.
Waverly, now 6-1, will travel to Elmira Saturday afternoon.
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.