October 16, 2021

Tillotson sparks Marathon girls

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Marathon’s Brooke Tillotson had another Brooke Tillotson game, while Cortland played last year’s sectional finalist tough.

GIRLS’ BASKETBALL

Marathon 50, Whitney Point 41

In a much tighter contest than their matchup earlier in the week, the result was the same Thursday: Brooke Tillotson led the Olympians to another win.

Tillotson finished with 30 points, 14 rebounds and five steals while going 9-for-13 from the free throw line. She is averaging 31.3 points per game this season.

Whitney Point was within one, 34-33, going into the fourth quarter, but Tillotson scored 12 points in the final frame to put the game out of reach.

“Brooke was all over the place tonight,” Marathon coach Andrew Pierce said. “There is no off or even slow button on her. She plays hard from the opening tip to the final horn.”

Abby Ensign had 11 points and Brooklin Drake had seven for the Olympians.

Bishop Grimes 42, Cortland 31

The Purple Tigers couldn’t quite get enough offense going in a defensive battle with the Cobras, last year’s sectional finalist.

Kirsten Merritt led the Purple Tigers with eight points, while Paige Ludwig added four points and seven rebounds and Margaret Starr had seven rebounds of her own.

“We tuned in defensively today… but did not keep the offensive looks alive,” Cortland coach Janice Meyer said.

“I am very pleased with what we brought to the table today against a team that advanced last season to the section finals.

The Cobras’ Naywel Ayeil led all scorers with 20 points, but defensive adjustments allowed the Purple Tigers to hold her to only five points in the second half.

“We got hurt by their high post early,” Meyer said. “We made corrections and rotated through Adrianna Murphy and Danielle Benjamin to prevent some damage… I’d like to see us be a little more aggressive and confident offensively moving forward.”

Ithaca 57, Dryden 35

For the second time this week, Ithaca got the best of Dryden.

Kyaija Stewart led all scorers with 16 points, with Sophia Escalante close behind with 12.

Lauren Gulini led Dryden with nine points, followed by Sindi Pinckney with seven.

“We played much better and quicker tonight,” Dryden coach Laszlo Engel said. “Ithaca has a lot of talent and they played very well. I was pleased with our play and with our improvement on the ball. We still have a lot to work on, but that is always a work in progress. Hopefully we start putting all the little things together for a more complete game. Lots of positives going forward.”

Union Springs 56, Groton 28

Emma Dematteo led the Indians with 15 points, all in the first half, but it wasn’t enough to prevent Union Springs from doubling up on Groton (3-2).

“We played tough against a very good Union Springs team that is quick, strong, and very athletic,” Groton coach Justin Albro said. “It was a good test for us and we will learn from it. We are excited to get back on our home court against Moravia Monday night. I am very proud of our effort.”

BOYS’ BASKETBALL

Union Springs 67, Groton 62

Jose Reyes erupted for 40 points as Union Springs handed Groton its first loss of the season, in overtime.

Kalib Manning led the Indians (4-1) with 24 points and James Lucey added 11.

Hunter Martin was also in double figures for Union Springs with 14.

GIRLS’ VOLLEYBALL

McGraw 3, Cincinnatus 0

The Eagles picked up the road victory in straight sets, 25-9, 2512 and 25-7.

“We struggled with serve receive,” Lions coach Cheyenne Nowalks said. “When we were able to run an offense we were doing it successfully and scoring points.”

The Lions’ statistical leaders were Kiana Guinn (five aces), Aubree Nate (four kills), Deslinn Rutan (five assists) and Jayda Mudge (two digs).