Marathon girls end season with a win over McGraw

The Marathon Olympians closed out their shortened season by defeating the McGraw Golden Eagles 62-33 at home Saturday afternoon.

Marathon senior captain Madison Clark got off to a hot start by hitting four field goals in the first quarter while going 2-2 from the line. Junior captain Brooke Tillotson also found her groove early connecting on four field goals herself in the opening minutes.

“They were the first to arrive at the gym for pre-game shooting and it paid off,” said Marathon Head Coach Andrew Pierce. “Madison’s jumpers were a thing of beauty and Brooke’s style of play is so energetic it made for a great mix to start the game.”

Keeping it close in the first quarter was McGraw senior Karissa Wilbur, who connected on three 3-pointers to keep the Marathon margin at 7, (18-11) at the end of the first quarter.

The lead would grow for the Olympians in the second quarter, as freshman Abby Ensign would get to the rim off the dribble on several occasions, scoring 10 in the period.

“Abby showed what she can do today and the last few games,” said Coach Pierce. “It will be great to have her back for three more seasons.”

Wilbur ended up scoring 8 more points in the second quarter, as the half would end with a 36-21 lead for Marathon.

The second half was more of the same with Clark and Tillotson connecting in all cylinders to give Marathon their final win of the season. 

“I will miss having Brooke and Maddie playing together,” added Coach Pierce. “Four seasons seemed to just fly by.”

Tillotson led all scorers with a 32 point triple-double, as she also had 11 rebounds and 15 steals. Clark ended her high school basketball career with 17 points, 7 rebounds, and 7 blocks. 

Wilbur led the Eagles with 20 points on the night. Alexis Stiles scored 5 points and Mariah Thompson scored 4 points. 

Up next, the Eagles will take on DeRuyter on the road for their last game of the shortened season on Tuesday, March 9th at 6pm.