November 30, 2021

Tillotson, seniors shine for Marathon

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Brooke Tillotson saved arguably her best performance of the season for last, but she wasn’t alone in filling up the stat sheet Saturday as her Marathon senior teammates had big performances in their final game.

Meanwhile, the Cortland Purple Tigers shrugged off a slow start to put together a strong win against ES-M.

GIRLS BASKETBALL

Marathon 62, McGraw 33

Tillotson, a junior, posted a monster triple-double with 32 points, 15 steals and 11 rebounds, and Madison Clarke (17 points, seven rebounds, seven blocks) and Brooklin Drake (13 points) ended their careers at Marathon with double-figure scoring as the Olympians (9-3) handed the Eagles (5-1) their first loss of the season.

“I will miss having Brooke and Maddie playing together,” Olympians coach Andrew Pierce said. “Four seasons seemed to just fly by.”

Tillotson’s performance was her fifth 30-point game of the season. She finished the season averaging 26.6 points per game and moved up to second place on the Marathon all-time scoring list with 1,341 points, trailing only Carla Tagliente’s 1,692.

Karissa Wilbur was the only Eagle in double figures, with 20 points.

Cortland 46, ES-M 32

The Purple Tigers overcame a very slow offensive start (four points in the first quarter) to beat the visiting Spartans by double digits.

The Purple Tigers held the Spartans to single-digit points in every quarter and outscored them 28-14 in the second half after the game was tied at 18 at halftime.

“We made some adjustments and played three good quarters of basketball,” Purple Tigers coach Janice Meyer said.

Kirsten Merritt finished with 16 points, three steals and two assists. Margaret Starr had a double-double with 13 points, 10 rebounds and two steals. Danielle Benjamin was thrust into the starting lineup due to an injury and responded with 10 points, nine rebounds and two assists.

BOYS BASKETBALL

Groton 57, Homer 53

Kalib Manning (15 points) and Ben DeMatteo (13 points) led the Indians to victory in their season finale.

Homer’s Jarrett Wilbur led all scorers with 19 points.

Homer’s next game is at 5 p.m. Tuesday when they host Chittenango.

GIRLS VOLLEYBALL

Sherburne 5, Cincinnatus 0

Cincinnatus and Sherburne agreed to play all five sets to get all their players playing time. Sherburne won all five sets by scores of 25-17, 25-13, 25-10, 25-20 and 25-16.

The Lions were led by Kaylee Brenchley with (three assists, four aces) and Jayda Mudge (seven digs).