WAVERLY'S WESTBROOK HEADLINES ALL-TIOGA COUNTY GIRLS 'NEWCOMERS OF THE WINTER' (2020-03-23)
Tioga County Sports Report
TIOGA COUNTY — Waverly freshman Kennedy Westbrook would be looked to this season to help fill the voids left by the graduation of 1,000-point scorer Alex Tomasso and defensive standout Wendi Hammond. The All-Tioga County girls "Newcomer of the Winter" did not disappoint.
The Wolverines would put together a respectable campaign and Westbrook aided the cause as a solid all-around player. She averaged 10 points, five assists, four steals and three rebounds per game as Waverly finished the season with a 15-5 record.
Rounding out the Newcomer of the Winter list (in alphabetical order by school) are:
Kaitlyn Floyd, Candor, bowling: The 7th-grader carried a 147 average through the regular season, 16th best among IAC competitors. She posted a high game of 244 and a high series of 565.
Taylor Benjamin, Newark Valley, basketball: The sophomore played a reserve role for the 22-1 Cardinals, averaging 3.8 points per game. She also averaged 2.0 rebounds, 2.0 steals and 1.7 assists per game, and made 12 3-pointers.
Makana Gardner, Newark Valley, basketball: An 8th-grader, she also came off the bench and contributed 5.0 points, 4.6 rebounds, 1.5 steals, 1.0 assists and 0.9 blocks per game.
Kate Maine, Newark Valley, bowling: A senior, she registered a 149 average during the regular season, ranking her 13th in the IAC. She rolled a high game of 211 and a 576 high. Maine also placed fourth at the IAC championships.
Ryleigh Clark, S-VE, indoor track & field: Trying her hand indoor this season, the senior won the triple jump at the Quinney Invitational and the Winter Classic. She was also second in the long jump at Quinney and third in the long jump at the Winter Classic.
Sophia Dutra, S-VE, basketball: The sophomore led the Panthers in scoring with 7.3 points per game. She also averaged 5.6 rebounds and blocked 31 shots in 17 games. Dutra was named an All-Tioga County honorable mention.
Shantilly Decker, Waverly, bowling: A freshman, she was a key contributor to the Lady Wolverines’ runner-up finish in IAC Division 2. Decker finished 13th in the IAC with a 148 average, and had a 533 high series and a 190 game.
Olivia Nittinger, Waverly, basketball: The sophomore contributed to the Wolverines' scoring output in nearly every game. She led the team with a 16-point effort in a win over Athens in the Valley Christmas Tournament championship game, then scored a career-high 18 in a rout of Whitney Point almost a month later.
Cora Smith, Waverly, indoor track & field: Also trying her hand indoor this season, the senior distance runner won the 3,000-meter run at the Quinney Invitational and ran a leg of the victorious 4x800 relay at the Hurley Invitational. Smith was also second in the 1500 at the Winter Classic and the 3,000 at Hurley, third at the Section IV Classic, and was part of the third-place 4x800 relay at the Ithaca College Bomber Invitational and the Section 4 State Qualifier.
IN PHOTO: Waverly's Kennedy Westbrook. ... VALLEY SPORTS REPORT STOCK PHOTO.