Yesterday, the Marathon varsity girls basketball team defeated Cortland at home. The day was a special occasion, as the Marathon Olympians celebrated their seniors Madison Clark, Brooklin Drake, and Abygail Layton.
Marathon trailed early in the first quarter, but then quickly took the lead and never looked back. Cortland’s Kiersten Merritt got the scoring started with two deep three-pointers to put Marathon on their heels momentarily. The Olympians then responded in a big way with three-pointers from Brooke Tillotson, Abby Ensign and Brooklin Drake to take an early 18-9 first quarter lead.
The Olympians stayed hot in the second quarter; and their defense picked up the intensity, holding Cortland to 4 points in the quarter.
“Our defense was huge for us today,” said Marathon Head Coach Andrew Pierce. “Madison Clark played an incredible game for us all the way around, but the blocks and how maintained her composure to play aggressive but not foul is what stands out to me.”
The Marathon defense that played well in the first half got even better in the second half, as Clark continued her defensive dominance in the paint. Clark picked up several blocks on her way to a total of 12 for the game.
An inbounds play capped off the scoring in the third quarter, as senior Abby Layton would get in great position down low to secure a layup for Marathon.
Marathon went on to win the game 52-19.
“This is a great team victory for us today,” stated Coach Pierce. “Each and every player had a hand in the win. The effort and energy was great to see and our captains, Madison and Brooke led us. They both had outstanding games.”
“Senior Captain Madison Clark has been with the varsity team the longest and she showed how it all came together for her today. What a game she had today,” added Coach Pierce. “Our other seniors, Abygail Layton and Brooklin Drake also had outstanding games today. Both first year starters played great for us this year. I can’t thank them enough for their hard work.”Marathon’s Brooke Tillotson finished the game leading all scorers with 28 points. She also had 5 steals and 9 rebounds. Following Tillotson was Madison Clark with 9 points, 12 blocks and 7 rebounds.
The Cortland Tigers were led by Kiersten Merritt with 8 points in yesterday’s affair. Following Merritt were Kendall Mack with 4 points and Margaret Starr with 3 points.
Up next, the Marathon Olympians (7-1) will host Union Springs on Tuesday, March 2nd. Tip off is at 5:30pm. Cortland will host Cazenovia on Tuesday, March 2nd at 7pm.