October 20, 2021

Tillotson tops 1,000 points

Marathon girls roll over G’ville-Mt. Upton in first round

Katie Vartanian/contributing photographer

Marathon’s Brooke Tillotson scores her 1,000th career point during the fourth quarter Wednesday at McDonald Gymnasium. Tillotson, second from left, is mobbed by teammates.

MARATHON – It was a very good night for the Marathon girls’ basketball team Wednesday.

Sophomore guard Brooke Tillotson scored her 1,000th career point during the sixth-seeded Lady Olympians’ 65-47 Section 4 Class D Tournament first-round victory over 11-seed Gilbertsville-Mt.Upton inside McDonald Gymnasium. Marathon (11-10) will travel to third-seeded Franklin (15-2) Saturday.

Tillotson scored 26 points to lead the Olympians’ offense. Her floater in the lane with 6:30 left in the game was the shot that put her in the elite career scoring club.

“It feels great,” Tillotson said. “I’ve been hoping for the last two games that I would get it. I’m glad it’s done before the season is over.”

The milestone comes in the final home game of the season for Marathon who will be on the road for as long as the team stays alive in post-season play. It’s also a goal Tillotson has had since a very young age.

“In seventh grade I saw Cassidy Marsh get her 1,000th point,” Tillotson said. “That’s when I knew I wanted to do it some day. Two of my friends have done it this season. I also come from an athletic family. I played with my brothers all the time and they never let me win. I really wanted to win something and this is it.”

Katie Vartanian/contributing photographer

Tillotson had 26 points in the Olympians’ 65-47 Section 4 Class D Tournament first-round win over Gilbertsville-Mt.Upton.

 

Her two friends who topped the 1,000 point mark this season are McGraw’s Karissa Wilbur and Newfield’s Katie Moravec.

“We are very excited for Brooke,” Marathon coach Andrew Pierce said. “We’re also relieved that it’s done. Brooke has always played hard and she is reaping the rewards for that. She loves the game.”

Tillotson scored 10 points in the first quarter as Marathon took a 17-10 lead. Gilbertsville-Mt.Upton (10-11) cut one point off its deficit in the second quarter, but the Olympians still enjoyed a 30-24 advantage. Molly Merihew, Kristi Walley, Madison Clark and Abby Ensign all contributed in the scoring while Tillotson was held scoreless to finish the first half with 10 points.

Tillotson netted seven points in the third quarter with Merihew adding six points as the Olympians increased their cushion to 47-36.

With 6:30 left in the game, Tillotson drove the lane and hit a floater to complete the push to 1,000 points. The game was halted as her teammates rushed the floor to congratulate her.

“I just saw an opening and drove to the basket,’ Tillotson said. “It was a floater that went in, but I really just chucked it up there.”

 

Katie Vartanian/contributing photographer

Marathon sophomore Brooke Tillotson netted her 1,000th career point as the Olympians beat G-MU.

Tillotson ended the quarter with eight points and 26 on the night as Marathon advances to the quarterfinals. Merihew added 11 points to the winning effort and Walley had 10 points for the Olympians.

Ashlyn Marron led Gilbertsville-Mt.Upton with 18 points. Savannah Bresee added 11 points and Hannah Bonczkowski chipped in with 10 points for the Raiders.

This is just the beginning of what Marathon hopes is a long playoff run. “A lot of teams count us out because of our record,” Tillotson said. “We really can make a run in sectionals because we are playing schools that are our size now.”

“The girls are playing great team ball right now,” Pierce said. “The IAC is a challenge playing mostly Class B and C schools. That has got us ready for this time of the season. The girls certainly didn’t have a letdown tonight. All the girls are playing well right now.”