December 6, 2021

Marathon girls lose in opener

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DELHI — It was a defensive-minded game as the Marathon girls’ basketball team opened its season with a non-league game at Delhi Saturday.

The host Bulldogs grabbed an 11-5 lead in the first quarter and never trailed en route to a 40-27 victory over the Olympians.

“Their three-quarter court press was long, active and created problems for us all night,” Marathon Coach Andrew Pierce said.

To compound problems, Marathon lost guard Molly Merihew with an ankle injury early, taking one of team’s better ball handlers out of action for the rest of the game. The Olympians’ defense would help keep them in the game during the first half. Each team scored just five points in the second quarter as Delhi took a 16-10 lead into the halftime locker room. Delhi blew the game open in the third quarter with a 17-6 advantage to build a 33-16 cushion.

“Even though we played great defense, our rebounding was lacking,” Pierce said. “We just allowed too many second and third shots. You can’t allow teams multiple opportunities and expect to come out on top very often.”

Brooke Tillotson would lead the way for Marathon with 11 points and nine rebounds. Kristi Walley chipped in with eight points.

While Marathon did a good job holding two of Delhi’s more formidable scorers, Sylvia Liddle and Sophia Wakin, in check much of the night, Cella Schnabel picked up the slack with 13 points. It was a balanced effort by the rest of the Bulldogs with Riley Mason and Liddle each netting six points. Wakin was held scoreless.

Marathon travels to Groton Thursday for its IAC North Small School Division opener at 7 p.m. The JV game will tip-off at 5:30 p.m.