Marathon boys and girls varsity basketball teams beat Spencer-Van Etten

Last night, both Marathon varsity boys and girls basketball teams defeated Spencer-Van Etten. The girls played at home, while the boys played on the road. 

Marathon varsity boys basketball vs. Spencer-Van Etten

(Photo provided from Dionne DePuy).

Last night, the Marathon Olympians defeated Spencer-Van Etten 65-34. Their record now is now 11-2.

Spencer-Van Etten started off hot, and had a 9-3 lead. Mathew Merrick (SVE) scored eight of his 12 points in the first quarter to set the tone for the Panthers.

The Olympians came alive, going on a 15 to 6 run to close the quarter with an 18-15 lead. Marathon senior Owen Hoyt hit 4 three pointers in the first half. Conor Holland added 3 three pointers of his own to help lift the Olympians to an 18 point halftime lead (37-19). 

Marathon's defense helped set the tone in the second half, holding Spencer-Van Etten to only 15 points.

“When the starting five can play together like they did tonight and we get high quality minutes from the bench, we can be a tough out,” stated Marathon Head Coach Jim Holland. “Hoyt shot well in the game. That is a compliment to a great stroke and teammates who drive and dish.” 

Hoyt led the Olympians with 15 points (all coming from behind the arc), while Connor Holland scored 11.  

Up next, the Olympians will take on Groton on the road on Tuesday, January 28th at 7 p.m.

Marathon varsity girls basketball vs. Spencer-Van Etten

The Marathon Lady Olympians looked to get back on track Friday night, as they hosted Spencer-Van Etten in an IAC small school crossover game.   

Marathon came out from the opening tip with some great defense, as the Lady Olympians would only allow two first quarter points. Marathon would lead 17-2 at the end of the quarter with Kristi Walley and Brooke Tillotson combining for 13 points. 

The second quarter would be more of the same, as Abby Ensign scored seven points in the quarter, Marathon lead 34-7 at the half. 

“The girls came out confident and focused,” stated Marathon Head Coach Andrew Pierce. “Team defense and sharing the ball was what I asked of them and they delivered.” 

Tillotson led the Olympians with 20 points, while. Senior Molly Merihew scored 10 points on the night. 

The final score was 55-25, and Marathon improved their season's record to 7-6. Next, the Olympians will be hosting Groton for senior night on Tuesday, Jan. 28th at 7 pm. 

Here are some videos of last night's game: