Valley Sports Report
NEWARK VALLEY — Waverly used pressure defense, and a balanced offensive attack to build a 23-point halftime lead en route to a 76-58 win over Newark Valley here Friday night in IAC South Large School Division boys basketball action.
“I think our defensive pressure ignited our offense tonight, and I don’t know if (Newark Valley) was expecting that,” said Waverly coach Lou Judson.
“I was really pleased with our full-court pressure tonight, which got us out in transition,” noted Judson. “We made some nice plays in the first half.
“I was pleased with how we came out tonight, and got after it at the defensive end,” added Judson.
Eighth-grader Joey Tomasso knocked down a 3-pointer and scored five points in the first quarter, while senior Scott Woodring, juniors Ryan Lambert, Aidan Westbrook, and sophomore Caden Hollywood each scored four points, and senior Jalen McCarty knocked down a 3-pointer in Waverly’s 26-11 first-quarter blitz.
In the second quarter, Hollywood buried a pair of 3-pointers and Woodring also scored six points, while Westbrook scored five points as the Wolverines stretched its lead to 48-25 at the intermission.
NV’s Connor Spoonhower canned a pair of 3-pointers and scored eight points in the third quarter, and Caden Bennett and Andrew Obregon each connected on treys as the Cardinals used a 19-8 run to cut the Waverly lead to 56-44 entering the final eight minutes.
NV’s Ethan Bigelow connected on a trio of 3-pointers in the fourth quarter, but Woodring scored 11 points in the final stanza, and the Wolverines connected on 7 of 11 free-throw attempts to secure the win.
“(Newark Valley) made nine threes against us tonight,” said Judson. “They caught fire in the third quarter and really made a run, but we responded quite well.
“Some of my guards have never been in that situation before, and some of the guys on our team have never even played in that gym, so they didn’t know what to expect,” he noted.
“I am pleased with how we responded in the fourth quarter,” added Judson.
Woodring led Waverly with 26 points, 12 rebounds, and one blocked shot.
“(Newark Valley) tried a lot of different things tonight against Scotty, and he made the correct plays at times,” said Judson. “He found the shooters, and we shot the ball well in the first half.
“I didn’t think he played near as well tonight as he did against U-E, and he ends up with 26 points and 12 rebounds — a nice off night for him,” laughed Judson.
Hollywood had 13 points, three rebounds, and three assists, and junior Ryan Lambert had 10 points and three rebounds for the Wolverines.
Westbrook added nine points — all in the first half, and five rebounds in the win, while Tomasso had six points, four steals, and three assists, and McCarty chipped in with six points on a pair of 3-pointers.
Bigelow led NV with 13 points, while Obregon scored nine, and Spoonhower and Bennett added eight points apiece.
Waverly, now 1-1, hosts Notre Dame Tuesday.
IN PHOTO 1: Waverly’s Scott Woodring. … PHOTOS COURTESY OF SHANNON McCARTY.
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