WAVERLY PULLS OUT 42-39 WIN OVER CHENANGO FORKS
By: Tim Birney | Waverly Athletics | February 11, 2022
WAVERLY — Jake VanHouten scored 18 points, and knocked down a pair of
crucial free throws in the closing seconds of Waverly’s 42-39 non-league
junior varsity boys basketball action Friday night.
Jon Searles scored four points in the first quarter to help Waverly to a 9-8 lead after the first eight minutes.
VanHouten knocked down a 3-pointer early in the second quarter and scored nine points in the stanza, and Nehemiah Anthony canned a 3-pointer and scored five points as Waverly outscored Forks, 18-15, to take a 27-23 lead into the halftime locker room.
Forks outscored Waverly, 9-5, in the third quarter to send the game into the fourth quarter tied at 32-32.
VanHouten scored six points in the fourth quarter, including a pair of free throws with 7 seconds remaining to seal the victory. Waverly missed its first three foul shots of the fourth quarter, and was 5-for-13 in the game.
VanHouten led Waverly with 18 points, five rebounds, two assists, six steals, and five blocked shots, while Carter George scored seven points, and Anthony had seven points, five rebounds, and two assists.
Searles added six points, 10 rebounds, four steals, and one blocked shot in the win, and Bryce LaForest chipped in with four points, five rebounds, and four steals.
Waverly finishes the regular season at 15-4, and will host Trumansburg Wednesday in the overall IAC Large School Championship game.
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.