There were plenty of comfortable margins of victory for local teams Tuesday.
Marathon 58, Whitney Point 40
Brooke Tillotson continued her ascent up the Marathon all-time scoring leaderboard with 31 points en route to the Olympians’ third win in as many games.
Marathon was without senior captain Madison Clark, and Whitney Point’s Jane Austenfield took advantage with 12 of her 21 points in the first quarter to give the hosts an early lead.
Tillotson had help in the form of Abby Ensign, who hit two of Marathon’s nine three-pointers in the first quarter to chip away at the deficit. Eventually Marathon would take the lead and never look back, leading 33-21 at halftime “It was great to see Abby and Anna hit those shots for us tonight,” coach Andrew Pierce said. “They have been working hard and it paid off tonight.”
Austenfield went back to work in the third quarter, but the defense held her and the rest of the Whitney Point offense in check, giving Tillotson a chance to put the game away. She scored four three-pointers and went 5-of-6 at the free throw line.
“Brooke has the ability to take over a game on both ends of the courts,” Pierce said. “Not only is she a constant scoring threat, but her defensive motor is non-stop.”
Tillotson now stands a 1,115 career points, fourth in school history.
Groton 35, Trumansburg 15
Abby Dykeman led all scorers with eight points and Emma DeMatteo scored all seven of her points at the free-throw line in a defensive clinic by the Indians.
Groton (2-1) was doubling up on Trumansburg at the half, 20-10, and then put the game away by outscoring the visiting Blue Raiders 10-1 in the third quarter.
All 10 Groton players got significant minutes.
“We focused on doing the little things in the game and it showed,” Groton head coach Justin Albro said. “We still have some work to do with a tough stretch coming up to end the week…but if we keep our focus and keep getting better we will be OK.”
The Indians and Blue Raiders meet again Thursday at Trumansburg.
Marathon 55, Whitney Point 37
Without the services of Joe Hulbert, the Olympians relied on Conor Holland (26 points, five rebounds, four assists) and Nate Walker (22 points) to push them to an 18-point win over Whitney Point.
The Olympians “started the game sluggish,” according to coach Jim Holland, but Walker’s offense and Braeden Morrison’s defense helped get Marathon out to an 18-9 lead after one quarter and 30-17 at halftime.
Holland was extremely efficient on offense, shooting 5-for-9 from three-point distance and 9-for-11 at the free throw line.
Junior varsity call-up Braydin Drake played well filling in for Hulbert. Trent Ensign and Gabe Teeter each grabbed seven rebounds.
Despite the win, Holland said “we definitely need to finish shots better in the paint” and that “we missed some chippies.”
Groton 53, Trumansburg 39
Kalib Manning led all scorers with 24 points as Groton (3-0) remained undefeated.
The Indians and Blue Raiders meet again Thursday at 10 a.m.