DEFENSE, 3-POINTERS PROPEL WAVERLY IN 72-24 ROUT OF WHITNEY POINT
By: Tim Birney | Waverly Athletics | January 21, 2022 | Photo courtesy Tim Birney
WAVERLY — The first quarter was a bit of a track meet, but Waverly’s
defense took over in the second quarter of a 72-24 rout of Whitney Point
here Friday night in IAC Large School crossover girls basketball
The Lady Wolverines also had a big night behind the 3-point arc, connecting on 15 3-pointers — just one shy of the school record set last year against Tioga.
Junior Kennedy Westbrook knocked down four 3-pointers in the first quarter, while senior Olivia Nittinger added seven points, including a 3-pointer, and sophomore Paige Robinson chipped in with a 3-pointer to help the Lady Wolverines to a 24-13 lead after the first eight minutes.
Sarah Somers and Jane Austenfeld combined for nine of Whitney Point’s 13 points in the first quarter, but the Lady Golden Eagles only scored 11 points over the final three quarters.
Nittinger canned a pair of 3-pointers and scored eight points in the second quarter, and freshman Addison Westbrook added a trey to fuel a 16-2 blitz that gave Waverly a 40-15 lead at the half.
Kennedy Westbrook scored five points in the third quarter, and NIttinger, Robinson, and sophomore Peyton Shaw all drained 3-pointers as Waverly used a 16-9 advantage in the stanza to stretch its lead to 56-24 entering the final eight minutes.
Addison Westbrook, Robinson and Shaw all made 3-pointers during a 16-0 fourth-quarter run for the Lady Wolverines.
Kennedy Westbrook and Nittinger led Waverly with 21 and 20 points, respectively, and both knocked down four 3-pointers in the game.
Addison Westbrook scored 11 points, including a trio of 2-pointers, while Robinson added nine points — all on 3-pointers, and Shaw chipped in with eight points, including two 3-pointers.
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.