January 20, 2022

Moravia girls steal win at Marathon

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MARATHON — The Marathon girls basketball team led the entire game until just under four minutes remained in the fourth quarter when Moravia took a 47-46 lead. The Blue Devils would then hang on for the 55-54 victory in a nail-biter of a game Thursday night.

After the Blue Devils found themselves up one, they made a number of key baskets while getting several defensive stops to make it 51-46 with 1:58 remaining.

The Olympians’ Brooke Tillotson kept her team in the game by hitting a huge 3-pointer with 1:30 remaining to make it 51-49 Moravia.

The Blue Devils forced a turnover with 30 seconds left and the Olympians had to foul to send Moravia’s Kate Baylor to the free-throw line. She sank both shots to put her team up by four.

Tillotson once again stepped up for Marathon, knocking down a contested jumper just inside the arc to keep the deficit at two with 17 seconds remaining.

The Olympians fouled Olivia Genson on the following possession to put her at the free throw line. Genson missed the first free throw and hit the second to make it 54-51.

Marathon’s Abby Enisgn missed a three the following possession that was rebounded by Gabby Heim with six seconds remaining. The Olympians, once again, fouled. Heim missed both free throws but the second shot was rebounded by her teammate Jorden Smith, who was immediately fouled by a swarm of Olympians.

Smith hit the first free throw to make it a two-possession game. Ensign hit a 3-pointer as the clock hit zero after Smith missed her second foul shot.

The Blue Devils came out slow and missed several shots early as they found themselves down 10 early in the first quarter and late in the second quarter but they never backed down. Baylor hit a number of shots in the second quarter to keep the game within striking distance.

“Baylor kept us in the game in the first half,” Moravia head coach John Crossgrove said. “She was passing a little too much, but then I told her she needs to score and she even took a couple bad shots, but it got her in the flow of taking responsibility as a leader. She is the only senior out there for us. She got us going and I think that took the pressure off the young players and they just followed her.”

The team rallied behind her in the second half as they constantly attacked in the paint for points. Chloe Hanson scored seven points in the third quarter while Baylor hit a couple of big shots. The Blue Devils suddenly found themselves down only three points heading into the fourth quarter.

They carried their plan of attack into the final minutes of the game and the Olympians simply had no answer. The resiliency of Crossgrove’s players certainly caught his eye as they battled all the way back for the win.

“It was really about the mindset,” Crossgrove said. “They just really toughened up and focused in. We talked about it and we feel like it was a sign of courage because we have been struggling and there was definite fear and doubts out there. Courage is not the absence of those, it is going anyway and they went. They sucked it up and they went.”

Baylor finished the game with 20 points. Hanson finished with 11 points, Smith added 10 points, Genson had six points and Heim had five points.


Chloe Russell, Lauren Gulini and Laci Prignon led Dryden with nine points apiece in their first win of the season. Prignon also added nine assists.

Mikayla Hisey pitched in seven points for the Lions, Kahlen Cornell notched six, Abby Spano had four points and Ava Henry had three to round out Dryden’s scoring.

“This was the usual good battle between both teams,” Dryden head coach Laszlo Engel said. “I know we stayed with our game plan all night and it paid off for us. This was a really good team effort. We played for each other and stayed positive even during the difficult moments. We played hard and kept on moving all game long. We still have a lot to work on and we will.”

Abby Dykeman led Groton with nine points in a losing effort. Kate Allen followed her with six points.

McKenzie Smith’s 10 points led Tully in defeat. Rachel Dadonna added six points for the Black Knights, Morgan Downes had four, Haley Olender and Sammy Morgan notched three points apiece and Maddie Brown-Paul and Grace McKenna both scored two to round out Tully’s scoring.


Madison Boyer’s four aces led McGraw in their defeat. The Eagles won the third set 25-20, but lost the other three by at least nine.

Megan Stull added two kills and a block. Paige Epp had two aces and a kill and Madison Lawrence had an ace, a kill and a block.


Zachary Price, Devlin Riotto, DaeSean West, Wyatt Tinker, Luca Canzano and Asher Tinker got wins for Cortland in their dual-meet victory over Auburn on Wednesday night.

Karter Bush and Malcolm Wilson both lost for the Purple Tigers, while Avery Canzano and Luke Darling won by forfeit.


Tasker Dennis and Bryce Hoffmann were the only duo to win their event for Homer in the Oscar Jensen Relays at Onondaga Community College. Every team that entered an event needed two participants to team up.

Dennis and Logan Darling joined forces to come in second in the shot put, with Darling’s throw representing a personal best. Both throwers are now qualified for sectionals. Tommy Mahunik and Cooper Vandee also placed second in the 2×300-meter run. Mahunik qualified for sectionals with his run.


Molly McMasters and Mayshelle Hyde had the best finish for a duo for Homer at the Oscar Jensen Relays at Onondaga Community College. They placed fourth in the weight throw and eighth in the shot put, with Hyde’s weight throw being a personal best.

Mikayla Smith (long jump), Caitlin McCloy (long jump, 55-meter dash), Ashley Velasquez-Bamaca (400-meter split) and Kira Ludwig (200-meter split) also had personal bests.