It was a special night in Marathon last night, as the Lady Olympians defeated the Gilbertsville-Mount Upton Raiders 65-47. What made it special was sophomore Brooke Tillotson reached the 1,000 career point mark.
“Right at the beginning, I told them three things. Intensity, desire, and teamwork,” said Marathon Head Coach Andrew Pierce. “If we do those three things, then everything will take care of itself.”
At the start of the game, the Lady Olympians moved the ball to find both Madison Clark and Kristi Walley in the low post. This was Clark’s first game back from an injury that ruled her out since the end of January.
“I was a little nervous to start," said Clark. "As soon as I got back in there and made my first shot, I knew that I was going to be just fine.”
Marathon led 30-24 at the half.
In the second half, Marathon kept moving the ball well, and Tillotson found her rhythm. She hit her 1,000th point with 6:30 left in the game, as she cut into the crowded paint and threw up a floater to give the Olympians a 49-38 lead.
“It was great once it went in,” said Tillotson. “All of my teammates really made this night. It was special to hit it at home, especially on our last home game of the season. This town and the support is just amazing in all aspects.”
Up next, the Olympians will be traveling to face #3 seed Franklin on Saturday, February 29th at 6pm for the Section IV Class D Quarter Finals.
“This group of girls is playing some really good team basketball,” said Coach Pierce. “Everybody is capable of knocking down a shot here and there, and everybody is capable of playing some good defense. They trust and rely on each other. I’m confident that if we play how we did tonight, then we are going to give the #3 seed all they can handle.”
Here are some game highlights, postgame interviews and photos of last night's game (All videos are produced by Chris Tarantino/Cortland Voice):