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By: Tim Birney | Waverly Athletics | January 29, 2022 | Photo courtesy Tim Taylor


SPENCER — Waverly took the lead early, fended off a second-quarter rally, and pulled away in the second half for a 52-40 win over S-VE here Saturday afternoon in IAC girls basketball action.

Junior Kennedy Westbrook knocked down a 3-pointer and converted an old-fashioned three-point play to help Waverly to a 13-6 lead after the first eight minutes.

Rhianna Lawrence canned a pair of 3-pointers and Hannah Martinez added five points for S-VE in a 16-12 run in the second quarter that trimmed the Waverly lead to 25-22 at the half.

Sophomore Peyton Shaw scored four points, and senior Olivia Shaw drained a 3-pointer to help Waverly to a 14-10 advantage in the third quarter, pushing the lead back to seven points, a 39-32, entering the final eight minutes.

Senior Lourden Benjamin connected on a 3-pointers and made a pair of free throws in the fourth quarter as Waverly knocked down 6 of 8 from the charity stripe to seal the win.

Benjamin had 10 points, including a pair of 3-pointers, and Shaw had 10 points to lead the Lady Wolverines, while Kennedy Westbrook had nine points, including two 3-pointers, Nittinger and sophomore Paige Robinson each had eight points, and freshman Addison Westbrook had five points.

Martinez led S-VE with a game-high 16 points, while Abby Bunce scored 10 points, Lawrence added nine on three 3-pointers, and Sophia Dutra chipped in with five.

Waverly, now 10-4, returns to action Tuesday at Notre Dame.


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Tim Birney

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.