Marathon girls basketball takes down Groton with a dominating 2nd half performance

Brooke Tillotson shoots a jumper. (Photo provided by Ross Cohen/Cortland Voice)

Last night, the Marathon girls varsity basketball team defeated Groton on the road (66-42) with them completely dominating the second half of the game.

At the beginning of the game, both teams came out on the defensive, with each team's first few points coming off from the line.

"We opened up the season with a non-league game in Delhi and they are a very good program; win or lose in that game we wanted to focus on our defense, teamwork, and ensuring the ball," said Marathon head coach Andrew Pierce. "I feel like that definitely carried over to tonight's game."

The Lady Olympians went on to take an early first quarter lead of 13-7. After that, Marathon was able to keep the lead for the rest of the game.

However, Groton did begin to get close. Especially by the end of the second quarter with them outscoring the Olympians 13-18. At the end of the first half, Marathon maintained a close 1-point lead (26-25).

"Groton is one of our rivals, so we really didn't want to lose this game," said Marathon sophomore, Brooke Tillotson. "So as they started itching back in, we began to be more aggressive and used that to fuel us in order to perform better for the rest of the game."

The Lady Olympians went on to dominate the second half of the game with great ball possession and pressure on the defensive end of the court.

Tillotson went on to score seven points in the third quarter and 14-points in the fourth. She ended the game with a total of 28-points with 10 of them coming off free-throws, as she went 10 for 11 at the line.

With senior guard Molly Merihew out with an ankle injury, 8th grader Abigail Ensign also stepped up to the plate by putting up a total of 18-points in the game.

"I basically told the girls that they had to relax and that we are in a good position," said coach Pierce. "We just need to keep our composure and good things will happen. Everybody stepped up, did their role, and controlled the ball. Our defense wore Groton down a little bit and we were then able to get some points there at the end to spread the lead out to 20 plus points at the end of the game."

The Lady Olympians are now 1-0 in the IAC North Small School League and 1-1 overall.

Up next, the Lady Olympians will once again be on the road to take on Union Springs on Tuesday, December 10th. The game is scheduled to start at 7 p.m.

Here are some photos of last night's game (All photos are provided by Ross Cohen/Cortland Voice):