January 23, 2022

Marathon beats Cortland for 2nd time this season

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CORTLAND — It wasn’t the most explosive performance fans have been used to seeing from Brooke Tillotson, but it was still enough for her and the Marathon Olympians to take their second victory of the season over the Cortland Purple Tigers, 41-24, Friday night at Cortland High.

Tillotson finished with a game-high 17 points, a number many high school hoopsters would gladly take, but which was also one of her lowest outputs of the season for the junior averaging close to 30 per game.

Only five of those points came in the second half, which was a reflection of the larger offensive struggles by both teams in the final 16 minutes.

The Olympians were doubling up on the Purple Tigers, 28-14, at halftime, but neither team could even keep up that offensive pace in the second half.

The Olympians scored just seven points in the third quarter and six in the fourth, while the Purple Tigers had to settle for just five points in each of the final two quarters.

Purple Tigers coach Janice Meyer was pleased with the defensive improvements her team showed from their previous matchup against Tillotson and the Olympians, but recognized the offensive struggles.

“We were able to close the gap defensively… but we did not produce offensively,” Meyer said. “The shots were there, we moved the ball well but we did not finish around the rim or from the line. That will hurt us against a team like Marathon with so many offensive threats.”

Margaret Start led the Purple Tigers with nine points, seven rebounds and five steals.

Kirsten Merrit added eight points and four steals

“We gave up too much in the second quarter offensively and turned the ball over when we needed to see the ball go through the net,” Meyer said. “We needed to win the third quarter. We held Marathon to seven but only scored five ourselves. Hard to come back from that in the fourth.”

Abby Ensign and Madison Clark each added nine points for the Olympians.

All nine of Ensign’s points came in the first half.

“Our girls did a really nice job controlling the paint,” Olympians coach Andrew Pierce said. “It was a nice team effort on defensive.”

The Purple Tigers are back in action today against East Syracuse-Minoa.