Marathon girls basketball falls to Delaware Academy on the road

Marathon Girls Basketball players. (From left to right: Molly Merihew, Madison Clark, Reionna Hopkins, and Brooke Tillotson).

This past weekend, the Marathon girls varsity basketball team opened up their regular season with a non-league matchup against Delaware Academy, losing 40-27 on the road.

At the beginning of the game, both teams came out with defense on their minds in what would prove to be a relatively low scoring affair.

Delaware Academy would take the first quarter lead 16-10 and never look back.

“Their 3/4 quarter court press was long, active, and created problems for us all night,” said Marathon head coach Andrew Pierce.

Senior guard Molly Merihew went down with an ankle injury taking one of Marathon's best ball handlers out of action for the rest of the game.

Marathon's defense would help keep them in the game during the first half by allowing Delaware Academy to score only 21-points while holding their top two scorers, Sophia Wakin and Sylvia Liddle in check.

Wakin finished with 0-points and Liddle finished with 6-points on the night.

“Even though we played great defense, our rebounding was lacking," said coach Pierce. "We just allowed too many second and third shots. You can’t allow teams multiple opportunities and expect to come out on top very often."

Sophomore, Brooke Tillotson would lead the way for Marathon with 11-points and 9 rebounds on the evening.

Delaware Academy extended their second half lead to 19 before Marathon could crawl their way back, finishing the night down 13.

Up next, Marathon will travel to Groton on Thursday, December 5th for an IAC North Small School League game. The game is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m.