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IAC GIRLS BASKETBALL: WAVERLY RALLIES PAST NOTRE DAME IN SECOND HALF IN 63-59 WIN (2019-12-09)

Valley Sports Report
SOUTHPORT, N.Y. "” Waverly rallied from a 10-point halftime deficit - with senior Gianna Picco knocking down a key 3-pointer in the final 30 seconds - to win a 63-59 decision over Notre Dame here Monday night in IAC South Large School Division girls basketball action.

Kahlia Rivera scored seven points in the first quarter, and Maddie Watts canned a pair of 3-pointers for the Lady Crusaders, who led 18-16 after the first eight minutes, despite Waverly freshman Kennedy Westbrook's eight points.

Watts scored seven points, including a 3-pointer, in the second quarter and Taylor VanDine knocked down a pair of treys as Notre Dame extended its lead to 37-27 at the half. Senior Morgan Adams scored six points for Waverly, and junior Sidney Tomasso added five points to keep the Lady Wolverines in the game.

Senior Paige Lewis and Tomasso scored five points apiece in the third quarter to fuel a 19-13 spurt for Waverly that cut the deficit to 50-46 entering the final eight minutes.

Tomasso and Westbrook scored six points apiece in the fourth quarter, but it was Picco's 3-pointer with 28.7 seconds remaining that gave Waverly a 61-59 lead.

Tomasso added a pair of free throw in the waning seconds to secure the win.

Waverly made 6 of 8 free-throw attempts in the fourth quarter, and made 15 of 22 in the second half.

Tomasso led Waverly with 18 points, while Westbrook scored 17, Adams had 12 points, Lewis added nine, and Picco chipped in with seven.

Watts led Notre Dame with 22 points, including four 3-pointers, while VanDine scored 19 points, including four 3-pointers, and Rivera added 11 points.

Waverly, now 1-1, returns to action Thursday when it hosts Watkins Glen.

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IN PHOTO: Waverly's Sidney Tomasso.

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