By: Tim Birney | | December 29, 2021 | Photo courtesy Photo Provided


TOWANDA - Addy Wheeler scored 12 points to lead Athens to a hard-fought, 28-26, win over Northeast Bradford in the championship game of the junior varsity girls Valley Christmas Tournament here Wednesday afternoon.

Mya Thompson scored four points, including an old-fashioned three-point play, in the first quarter, and Sara Bronson added a bucket to stake Athens to a 6-5 lead.

Wheeler scored five points, including a 3-pointer, as Athens upped its lead to 13-11 at half in the defensive struggle.

Bronson and Wheeler scored four points apiece in a 9-7 third-quarter advantage that extended the junior Wildcats' lead to 22-18.

Athens, which made 5 of 10 free-throw shots in the first three quarter, made 4 of 7 in the final stanza to seal the win. Wheeler was 3 of 5.

Wheeler had six rebounds, six steals, and one blocked shot to go along with her 12 points, while Thompson had seven points, four rebounds, three assists, and two blocked shots, and Bronson had seven points and three assists.

Kelsea Moore and Emma Neuber led NEB with eight points apiece, and Lillie Maynard added six.


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Tim Birney

Tim Birney is the founder / owner of River Road Media Group. He was born and raised in the Valley, graduating from Waverly High School in 1984.

Birney earned an Associate's Degree in Journalism from SUNY Morrisville in 1986 and a Bachelor's Degree in Journalism / Public Relations from Utica College of Syracuse University in 1988. He began his newspaper career at The Daily Review in Towanda in 1989, before moving on to The Evening Times in 1995. He spent more than 10 years at the Times, the last four as Managing Editor.

River Road Media Group includes five sites in "The Sports Reports" family that cover 24 school districts in five counties: Valley Sports Report (launched Aug. 10, 2009), Tioga County (NY) Sports Report (Aug. 13, 2018), and Northern Tier Sports Report (Aug. 31, 2020); Northern Tier West Sports Report (March 15, 2021) Southern Tier Sports Report (Aug. 16, 2021).