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VALLEY SPORTS REPORT: WAVERLY'S TOMASSO HEADLINES SUPER 7 AS FEMALE 'ATHLETE OF THE WINTER' (2021-08-08)

Valley Sports Report
THE VALLEY — Senior Sidney Tomasso had one of the best seasons in the storied history of the Waverly basketball program, and is the 2020-21 Valley Sports Report Female “Athlete of the Winter.”

Tomasso scored 24.2 points per game, scoring more than 20 in 12 of her 13 outings. She also led the team leaders with 38 3-pointers, and 6.3 rebounds (6.3 per game), She also averaged 2.5 assists, and 4.4 steals per game.

Tomasso scored a school-record tying 42 points in a win over Owego.

A heady player, Tomasso was dangerous whenever the ball was in her hands, with the ability to score in transition, from behind the 3-point arc, driving to the bucket, or in the intermediate game — whether with a runner or a mid-range bucket.

She was also very good on defense, especially getting in the passing lanes for steals that created easy buckets for her and her teammates.

Tomasso’s numbers also came against a much-tougher schedule than the Lady Wolverines would normally play in the IAC, as they butted heads in home-and-aways with Horseheads, Elmira, and Owego, and played Corning once, while also playing IAC powerhouse Newark Valley twice.

Unfortunately for the Lady Wolverines, who posted an impressive 11-2 record, there was no postseason in New York.

The 2020-21 Super 7 Female “Athletes of the Winter:”
Sidney Tomasso, senior, Waverly:
See above.

Victoria Houseknecht, sophomore, Waverly: Houseknecht was tops in nearly every IAC girls bowling category this season, and led Waverly to an unbeaten regular-season, and a season-ending league championship to earn the 2021 Valley Sports Report “Bowler of the Year” honors.

Victoria Houseknecht carried an IAC-best 205 average, and also rolled the season-high series of 729, and the high game of the season with a 298.

She earned a silver medal at IAC Championships to help Waverly to the team title.

Kennedy Westbrook, sophomore, Waverly: A gifted scorer, Kennedy Westbrook was also among the best defenders in the area.

Very dangerous in transition, and also taking the ball to the bucket in the half-court set, Westbrook could also knock down the 3-pointer. She averaged 14.7 points, 6.0 rebounds, 4.3 assists, and 5.8 steals per game.

Kayleigh Miller, senior, Athens: A dead-eye shooter from behind the 3-point arc, Miller graduates fifth all-time on the school’s scoring list with 1,187 points, and first all-time with 222 career 3-pointers.

This season, Kayleigh Miller averaged 17.4 points, 4.4 rebounds, 3.2 assists, and 2.3 steals per game. She shot 80 percent from the free-throw line, and 40 percent from the field.

Caydence Macik, junior, Athens: An athletic low-post powerhouse, Macik was a standout on both ends of the floor for the Lady Wildcats.

Macik led Athens with 17.6 points, 7.8 rebounds, 2.8 steals, and 2 blocks per game. She also averaged 2 assists per game.

Taegan Williams, sophomore, Athens:
Williams was a third-place finisher in the 500-yard freestyle at the District 4 Swimming Championships, and placed sixth in the 100 free. She also swam on sixth- and eighth-place relay teams.

At the NTL Championships, Williams was a four-time winner. She won the 100- and 200-yard freestyle races, and was on the winning 200-yard medley and 200-yard freestyle relays with sophomore Taylar Fisher, junior Alli Thoman, and junior Raven McCarthy-Gardner.

Rachel Houseknecht, freshman, Waverly:
Rachel Houseknecht posted the second-best average for the IAC girls at 192. She had the high series in the IAC (674) for six days until her sister topped it. She rolled a high game of 245.

Rachel Houseknecht won the gold medal at the IACs to lead Waverly to a team title.

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IN PHOTO: Waverly’s Sidney Tomasso.

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