February 1, 2014


Marathon balancing act tops Groton girls

BasketballJoe McIntyre/staff photographer
Groton’s Sarah Stelick (left) and Marathon’s Gwen Shear (right) fight over a loose ball in the first quarter Friday.

Cassidy Marsh was one of four Marathon Central girls scoring in double figures Friday on her home McDonald Gymnasium basketball court.
Freshman guard Marsh scored a game-high 17 points to lead the Olympians to a 55-38 Interscholastic Athletic Conference North Small School Division victory over visiting Groton.
With the win Marathon improves to 7-5 in the division and 8-7 overall, while winless Groton falls to 0-12 and 0-13 overall.
In other IAC girls’ North action, Lansing dumped Dryden 50-42, Southern Cayuga stopped Moravia 49-46 and Whitney Point downed Trumansburg 65-48.
In IAC North boys’ play, Marathon defeated Groton 59-21, Lansing dropped Dryden 50-42, Moravia mauled Southern Cayuga 78-48 and Whitney Point whipped Trumansburg 87-51.
Marathon 55, Groton 38: “We played a good first half and got off to a nice start,” Marathon coach Mike Reilly said. “Cindy Courtney and Eryn Griep did a nice job inside to score points and get rebounds. They took care of the dirty work inside.
“Even though they did not score, Logan Vincent and Nicole Hammond did a great defensive job on the Groton guards,” he added.
With Megan Contri out of action because of an injury, Marathon had a number of players step up. Courtney scored 11 of her 13 points in the first half as Marathon built a 31-17 advantage. Griep finished with 15 points and Alyssa Sliker netted 10 points in the balanced scoring act.
Ebony Marshall scored 14 points for Groton. Allyson Black netted 11 points for the Indians,
Marathon will travel to Whitney Point Tuesday for IAC action. Groton will travel to Trumansburg.
Lansing 45, Dryden 27: Lansing took a 16-4 lead in the first quarter and romped to a 28-6 halftime advantage for an easy North Large School Division road win.
Shea McCartney netted 12 points to led a balance Lansing attack. Maura McCartney and Audrey Eastman each pitched in with nine points for the LadyCats (11-0, 14-1 overall).
Erin Daley scored nine points to lead the Dryden offense as the Purple Lions fall to 6-5, 7-5 overall.
Dryden will travel to Whitney Point Monday for IAC North Division action.
Marathon 59, Groton 21: Zack Brandstadt worked outside and Matt Tebbe handled things inside as Marathon posted an easy win over Groton inside Richard Court Gymnasium.
Brandstadt netted 14 points and Tebbe collected 12 points as the Olympians (7-4 division, 8-6 overall) rolled.
“We really just played good man-to-man defense the whole night,” Marathon coach Jim Holland said. “Groton really played hard, but we just beat than with more talent and better fundamentals.”
Marathon shut out Groton 11-0 in the first quarter and led 22-10 by halftime. The Olympians used a 21-3 advantage in the third quarter to seal the victory.
“Marathon outclassed us at every level,” said frustrated Groton coach John D’Antonio.
“John is being a little too hard on himself,” Holland countered. “They are just lacking the talent this year that there has been in past seasons. I always believe what (former Cortland High coach) Mick Lowie said: ‘It takes four years to establish yourself.’ John is just in his first year and the kids in the youth program are looking good. John and Groton will be fine.”
Jovon McKnight led Groton (2-9, 3-12 overall) with five points.
Marathon will Whitney Point on Senior Night Tuesday. Groton will entertain Trumansburg Tuesday.
Lansing 50, Dryden 42: A big third-quarter surge by Lansing (8-2, 10-3 overall) turned a 26-23 Dryden lead into a 43-34 Bobcat advantage and the eventual North Large School Division win.
“We didn’t locate the Detrick kid,” Dryden coach Kim Brown said of Zack Detrick’s 14-point effort. “We knew he could shoot it. We just didn’t close out in time.”
Ali Abel-Ferretti paced Dryden with 14 points and 10 rebounds. Trevor Garner and Ross Cole pitched in with 10 points each.
The teams were deadlocked at 15-15 after one quarter with the Purple Lions (5-5, 8-6 overall) taking the three-points halftime lead.
The third quarter was the turning point despite three good quarters of Dryden defense.
“Defensively I thought we forced Lansing into some difficult looks tonight,” Brown said. “They made a few off-balance shots late in the shot clock, but that happens from time-to-time.”
Tyler Winslow added 12 points to the Lansing attack as did Thomas Towner.
Dryden will travel to Chenango Forks for a Monday night nonleague tilt.
IAC Playoff Picture
Three of the four teams on the IAC boys’ side appear to be in place. Moravia has clinched the North Small School title and will face South Small School champion Newfield in one contest. Elmira Notre Dame clinched the South Large School crown last night, but the Crusaders’ foe is still unknown.
Whitney Point (9-1 division, 11-2 overall) holds a one-game lead over Lansing (8-2, 10-3) entering the late stages of the regular season.
The girls’ side has the North champions decided in Lansing (11-0 large school, 14-1 overall) and Southern Cayuga (11-1 small school, 13-1 overall) in the driver’s seat.
Waverly (10-0, 12-0) is inching toward the the South Large School title as is Candor (9-2) in the small school standings


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