Cortland County High School Varsity Basketball Recaps (Jan. 14)

Here are some local high school varsity basketball scores and recaps from yesterday's games:

Marathon Varsity Boys Basketball vs. Newark Valley

(Photo provided by Dionne DePuy).

Last night, the Marathon varsity boys basketball team defeated Newark Valley 61-32 at home. 

The Marathon Olympians jumped to an early start with senior forward Andrew Tillotson hitting four shots in the first quarter. Kenyon Depuy and Diego Castellot each scored six in the second quarter to give Marathon a 33-12 lead at the half. In the third quarter, Owen Hoyt scored three 3-pointers.

Tillotson led the Olympians with 14 points. Hoyt had 13 points, while both DePuy and Castellot each scored 10. 

“I thought we had a good practice after the rough loss on Friday to Newfield,” stated Marathon Head Coach Jim Holland. “The team came together, and I think it really made each other stronger. We got a lot of uncontested shots, and really executed well on both ends of the floor. 

Marathon (9-2) will host Odessa Montour on Friday, January 17 at 7 p.m.

Marathon Varsity Girls Basketball vs. Newark Valley

Marathon Girls Basketball

(Photo from Cortland Voice photo archives).

The Marathon varsity girls basketball team lost 63-33 on the road against 14th state ranked Newark Valley. 

The first quarter started out with Marathon trailing 4-0, but sophomore Brooke Tillotson would keep the Olympians in the game after scoring seven in the quarter. The opening quarter ended with Newark leading 15-10. 

Tillotson ended the game with 15 points, while Madison Clark scored six points. 

By the end of the half, Newark Valley had a 35-16 lead and never looked back.   

“They were big, tall, fast, quick, and deep,” said Marathon Head Coach Andrew Pierce. “We played well in spurts, but sometimes you play against better teams and that’s what happened tonight. We have seven league games coming up, and getting out of here with everyone healthy was the number one priority. “

Marathon (6-5) will play against Odessa Montour on Friday, January 17th at 7 p.m. on the road. 

McGraw Varsity Boys Basketball vs. Otselic Valley


(Photo from Cortland Voice photo archives).

The McGraw varsity boys basketball team defeated Otselic Valley (84-35) at home last night to improve to a 7-4 record. 

The McGraw Eagles jumped to an early start, after leading the opening quarter 25-6. The Eagles ended the half with a comfortable 29 point lead (42-13). 

McGraw outscored Otselic Valley 42-22 in the second half. Junior Caleb Smith led the Eagles with 20 points, eight rebounds, and five assists. Evan Ignatowski had 18 points, while Xiao Lin recorded 13 points and seven rebounds. 

The Eagles will play Madison on the road on Saturday, January 18th at 6:15 p.m.

Cortland Varsity Girls Basketball vs. Fulton 

(Photo from Cortland Voice photo archives).

The Cortland varsity girls basketball team extended their winning streak to seven, after beating Fulton 44-39 at home. 

The Cortland Tigers are now 10-1 overall. 

The Tigers ended the first half with a seven point lead (26-19). In the third quarter, Fulton would make an attempt at a comeback by cutting Cortland’s lead to three (33-30). However, the Tigers were able to outscore Fulton 11-9 in the final quarter to win the game. 

Cortland senior Lyndsie Babcock led the Tigers with a double-double (11 points and 10 rebounds). Kaitlyn Pratt had 10 points and eight rebounds. 

Up next, Cortland will be going against East Syracuse Minoa on the road on Friday, January 17th at 6:45 p.m. 

Cortland Varsity Boys Basketball vs. Fulton

(Photo from Cortland Voice photo archives).

Last night, the Cortland varsity boys basketball team suffered a tough 43-61 loss against Fulton. 

It was a close first half, with Cortland getting an 8-7 lead at the end of the opening quarter and trailed by one (20-21) at the end of the half. However, Fulton outscored Cortland 23-40 in the second half. 

Cortland junior Noah Armstrong and sophomore Tyler Blake ended the game with eight points each.

Cortland (5-5) will host East Syracuse Minoa on Friday, January 17th at 6:45 p.m.