Buzzer beaters, blowouts and fire alarms — there was something for everyone in high school basketball action Thursday night.
Groton 54, Lansing 53
Mason Slade (eight points) nailed a baseline jumper at the buzzer to give the host Indians the win over the Bobcats in a contest that was neck-and-neck throughout.
Kalib Manning led the Indians (1-0) with 24 points, while James Lucey chipped in 10 and also had the assist on Slade’s game-winner.
“Understanding time and situation is crucial, but being able to execute under pressure is special,” Groton head coach Ken Updike said. “[We] called a timeout with the last possession to discuss what type of shot we thought we could get. It’s one thing to get yourself the game winning shot, but it’s a whole other thing to make it.”
Four players scored double figures for the Bobcats (0-1). The Indians and Bobcats are back at it today at Lansing High.
Marathon 59, Moravia 29
A close 27-20 halftime lead exploded to a blowout for the Marathon Olympians. Brooke Tillotson (34 points) outscored Moravia by herself, and Madison Clark chipped in 17 points of her own to give Marathon the easy home court victory.
“The girls were eager to get back on the court and they didn’t waste any time getting on a winning track,” Marathon head coach Andrew Pierce said. “After the adrenaline and nerves of the first half, the girls settled down over halftime and took over the game. We moved the ball really well tonight, our defense had energy and with Brooke and Madison both having great nights, it made for an exciting way to start the season.”
Lansing 35, Groton 27
The Bobcats and the Indians had a hard-fought defensive battle interrupted by a fire alarm at halftime and clock issues throughout the second half.
In the end, Lansing’s Lauren Evonyek (11 points) and Emma Best (10 points) pushed the Bobcats over the top.
Abby Dykeman led the Indians with seven points and Emma Dematteo and Elissa Allen had five points each.
“It was a hard fought game throughout and our girls did not give up,” Groton head coach Justin Albro said. “A couple little things to correct but we will be all right. Only two things we have control over and it’s our attitude and our effort. Our girls fought hard and we are excited to get back out there tomorrow.”