Valley Sports Report for Penn York Valley


Valley Sports Report
WATKINS GLEN — Watkins Glen closed the first half with back-to-back buckets, and opened the second-half with a 6-0 spurt to opened up a 12-point lead en route to a 45-19 win over Waverly here Monday night in a playoff for the IAC South Large School Division title.

“As the stat line says, it was a struggle,” said Waverly coach Michael Croft. “Defensively, we played a great first half.  

“We just couldn’t get anything going offensively,” noted Croft. “Tough to win any game, much less a championship game with those stats.”

Ryan Lambert and Jalen McCarty scored two points apiece in first quarter to help Waverly to a 5-3 lead.

Watkins Glen rallied to take a 12-10 lead with 1 minute left in the half, then used its 10-0 run that bridge the halftime to take a 22-10 lead early in the third quarter.

After a Waverly bucket trimmed the deficit to 22-12, the junior Senecas closed the game with a 23-7 blitz.

Elijah Kraft led Waverly with six points, and eight rebounds, while Bowen had five boards, McCarty recorded five steals and three rebounds.

Waverly finished the season at 10-10, including a 9-4 mark in league play.

Despite the loss, Croft said this team achieved the majority of its goals in 2017-18.

“One of our goals each season is to contend for league title, and to play as hard as we possible could each and every game,” he said. “This team did both.  

This wasn’t my most offensively-talented team, but it was one of my hardest-working teams,” noted Croft. “To shoot the percentage this shot from the field for the season (28.8 percent), and still win nine games in our league, and tie for division title is an achievement in itself.  

“I’m very proud of all 12 of my players,” added Croft.

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