January 29, 2011
Olympians dominate at Dryden
DRYDEN — Marathon Central looked sharp after a one-week layoff and posted a convincing road win Friday night.
Jordan Harden scored 17 points and Eric Barry added 12 points as the Olympians posted a solid 59-36 Interscholastic Athletic Conference North Division victory over host Dryden High.
The Olympians improve to 7-5 in the division, 8-5 overall. The Purple Lions fall to 4-8, 4-9 overall.
In other IAC North Division boys’ action, Moravia downed Whitney Point 58-45 and Southern Cayuga tripped Trumansburg 64-53. Groton visits Lansing today.
In IAC North girls’ play, Lansing humbled Groton 54-22, Moravia downed Whitney Point 56-39 and Trumansburg topped Southern Cayuga 57-29.
Marathon 59, Dryden 36: “We were a step slow the entire game,” Dryden coach Kim Brown said. “Marathon was more assertive offensively and defensively and we were unable to match their level of play.”
Marathon came out of the gate firing, rolling to a 21-6 first quarter advantage. The second quarter was more even with Dryden holding a slight 14-13 edge, but the visitors still led 34-20.
“Our starters did a good job,” Marathon coach Jim Holland said. “Our four starting seniors played liked seniors. They were prepared mentally and were ready to go.”
The third quarter was a nightmare for Dryden. The Purple Lions scored just one point as Marathon increased its advantage to 46-21. Again, Dryden played a better fourth-quarter with a 15-13 effort on the scoreboard.
“Eric Barry had a great third quarter for us. He scored seven of his points in that quarter,” said Marathon’s Holland. “Dryden is just young and they looked like young players last night. The thing is, Dryden had some talented kids and they are only going to get better.”
Tylor Knickerbocker chipped in with eight points as 12 different Marathon players got their names into the scoring column.
James Seeley led Dryden with nine points and received post-game praise from his coach.
“James worked extremely hard tonight,” Brown said. “He was not intimidated on either end of the floor and made decisive decisions with the ball in his hands. His effort and toughness were evident on the floor tonight.”
IN GIRLS’ PLAY —
Lansing 54, Groton 22: “Lansing is a very disciplined team and they know how to execute.” Those were the only comments Groton coach Jen Case really had after watching the visiting LadyCats dominate the match-up at Richard Court Gymnasium.
Lansing (11-1 league & overall) clinched the IAC North Large School Division crown with the victory. The Indians fell to 6-5 in league and overall play.
Shea McCartney scored 13 points to lead the Lansing attack. Taylor Policay and Nina Lindberg helped out with 11 and 10 points respectively.
Shelby Warner paced Groton with nine points. Kerri Rhodes added seven points.
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