December 19, 2007


Wood reaches 1,000

Senior guard reaches milestone sparking Marathon girls to win


Joe McIntyre/staff photographer
Marathon guard Casie Wood acknowledges the applause from fans after scoring her 1,000th point last night, receiving a ball from head coach Rick Brooks to mark the event.

Staff Writer

MARATHON — Casie Wood joined elite basketball company Tuesday night inside McDonald Gymnasium. The Marathon Center senior guard topped the 1,000-point mark in her career with 6:02 left in the second quarter on an offensive rebound and put-back while being fouled.
The bucket at 7:45 p.m. touched off a standing ovation that lasted nearly two minutes as Wood became the fourth Lady Olympian to reach the coveted mark. Wood finished the night with 28 points as the Marathon girls held on for a 48-45 Interscholastic Athletic Conference Division III win over visiting Southern Cayuga
“I think it is cool that I am one of the people,” said Wood of reaching the 1,000-point mark. “My mom has taught me everything about basketball. It is a great accomplishment. I really loved the chance to do this. I have been really nervous the last couple of games, so it is a relief to finally get it.
“My mom has been through everything with me,” Wood continued. “She put me through AAU ball and all the camps. It was great I could do this and she could be here with me. I really have gotten a lot of help from her and my AAU coaches have been fantastic as well.”
Carla Tagliente is the all-time leading scorer in Marathon school history with 1,692 points, while classmate Hilary Matson is second with 1,173 points. Both graduated in 1997.
The third member of the Olympian elite was also the first as Gloria (McAllister) Wood, Casie’s mother, was the first 1,000-point scorer. She finished with 1,055 and graduated in 1986. The entire Wood family and a number of friends were among those giving the standing ovation.
“It is extremely incredible,” said McAllister-Wood. “I am so proud of Casie and all of her accomplishments. She is a phenomenal player. I think she will be a phenomenal player at the next level as well. It really is something special to have a mother then daughter each score 1,000 points.”
Marathon coach Rick Brooks was happy with what Wood accomplished as well.
“You could see that she was as tight as a spring during the last two games as she got close,” said Brooks. “Some of her shots were just off the mark and they were good shots, which is not like her to miss. Once she reached 1,000 points, you could see she relaxed. She was a little calmer, things were a little easier and she shot better after that.
“It is fantastic to have a mother-daughter both reach this mark at the same school,” Brooks added. “I am really happy for her mom too. Her mother and father have been very supportive of her from the start. There is a lot of traveling involved in AAU basketball. It was a nice moment for the entire family.”
As for the game, Wood, Alisa Riese and Michelle Stevens helped Marathon build a 13-11 lead in the first quarter. A Wood 3-pointer put the Olympians — now 2-1 in Division III and 3-3 overall — in front for good at 4-3.
Wood netted her 10th point with a trey with 6:40 left in the first half as Marathon took an 18-13 lead. On the next Olympian possession, Wood battled inside and grabbed a rebound of a miss. She went back up strong and put the shot home while drawing the foul to start the celebration. Wood made the free throw as the advantage grew to 21-13.
Marathon finished the quarter with an 11-3 run for a 32-16 halftime advantage. Wood had 22 points at the break.
Both teams struggled in the third quarter, but Marathon still enjoyed a 39-26 lead heading into the fourth quarter.
With 2:15 left, Riese (nine points) gave Marathon a 43-33 lead, but Southern Cayuga (0-2, 0-5) was not done.
Lianna May (15 points) scored on an offensive rebound and was fouled. Her successful free throw trimmed the Marathon lead to 43-36 with 1:11 to go. The teams traded free throws over the next 53 seconds as the Olympians still led 46-39 with 18 seconds left.
May buried a 3-pointer with seven seconds to go and Southern Cayuga trailed 46-42.
Wood sank two foul shots with two seconds remaining to seal the win as the Olympians led 48-42.
May hit one more trey at the buzzer to make the final score 48-45.
“The girls made it exciting,” said Brooks of the game overall. “They played really well, but I think we were a little winded at the end. That let Southern Cayuga get back into the game. We did make some clutch shots down the stretch when we needed them as well as some big free throws.”
Marathon will return to action Friday as the Olympians travel to Newfield.
IN JV PLAY, Leah Thon scored eight points and Sam Courtney added seven points as Marathon JVs posted a 30-26 win over Southern Cayuga. Olympian JVs scored 11 points in the fourth quarter to rally from a 21-19 deficit.
Kayla Hildreth paced Southern Cayuga with eight points while Hillary Chidsey added seven points.




Loss to Red Rams leaves CHS optimistic

The Cortland High boys’ basketball team gave coach Mick Lowie reason for optimism Tuesday night.
“We gave a very good effort. It was our best game of the year against the best team we’ve played all year,” Lowie said of the Purple Tigers’ 74-54 loss to visiting Jamesville-DeWitt, the second-ranked Class A team in the state. “Had we played all season like we did in this one, we might be 6-2 instead of 3-5.”
Four of those five losses have been OHSL Freedom American Division contests, CHS win-less in league play.
“Three things stand out statistically,” noted Lowie of the Shafer Gym outing. “We tied in rebounds, 39-39, against a pretty good-sized team. We only had 13 turnovers against as good a pressure team as we’ll see, and we took 63 shots, the most we’ve gotten in a game this year. The kids weren’t intimidated at all and played as hard as they could against one of the best teams in the state.”
The Red Rams (now 3-0 in league play and 6-0 overall) came out strong and led 24-9 after the first quarter. Cortland then scored the first nine points of the second to pull within six, at 24-18, at which point J-D coach Bob McKenney called a timeout. The visitors went on a 14-2 run the rest of the half to regain control, and pulled further ahead with a 28-13 third-quarter advantage.
Lowie noted that sophomore guard Jeff Brown hit a 3-pointer over J-D all-state guard Brandon Triche early in the second, and that junior forward Trevor Williamson (like Brown, in off the bench) scored four points in the early run. He praised those two as well as senior forward Chad Abbey, who also came off the bench and led CHS with 11 points, and added: “It was a good effort from everyone that played.”
The Purple Tigers outscored 21-8 in the fourth quarter. “Bob was gracious, as he always is,” Lowie said. “He got the lead, and got his starters out. The fourth was pretty much all their subs. I had some young starters in to get them some more experience, as well as underclassmen.
“One nice thing was the kids were a little disappointed afterwards,” he added. “They knew they did OK, but that they could have done better, which is a real good sign. I told them that now that they’ve shown they can do it, they can’t waste it. They have to play with that level of intensity from now on, and do it for the entire game. It was what we were looking for; we have a bunch of games coming up (starting Friday at Fulton) that we can be competitive in.”


Marathon boys defeat Chiefs for first victory in Division III

POPLAR RIDGE — Chase Wiley scored 12 points as Marathon Central boys gave the Olympians a Tuesday Interscholastic Athletic Conference basketball sweep.
The Olympians stopped Southern Cayuga 53-38 in Poplar Ridge for their first Division III victory. The Marathon girls (see story on Page 11) were 48-45 winners over Southern Cayuga in McDonald Gymnasium.
In other boys’ action, Union Springs downed Groton 64-54, Waverly nipped Dryden 44-39, Lansing dumped Elmira Notre Dame 57-46, Odessa-Montour stopped Spencer-Van Etten 51-40, Elmira Heights Edison topped Tioga 54-40, Moravia knocked off Newfield 61-49, Trumansburg tripped Newark Valley 75-65 and Watkins Glen clipped Candor 60-41.
In IAC girls’ play, Union Springs nipped Groton 38-35 in overtime, Watkins Glen downed Candor 45-30, Tioga topped Elmira Heights Edison 69-25, Elmira Notre Dame beat Lansing 51-39, Odessa-Montour stopped Spencer-Van Etten 53-29, Newfield nailed Moravia 68-48 and Trumansburg tripped Newark Valley 52-42.
Marathon 52, Southern Cayuga 38: “It was an ugly game, but a much needed win,” said Marathon coach Jim Holland. “We got ahead 11-1 early and had a 20 point lead at one point.”
Marathon (1-2 Division III, 1-5 IAC, 1-7 overall) led 11-3 after the first quarter and built a 25-11 advantage by halftime.
The Olympians had a very balanced scoring attack as there was lots of playing time for all. Cody Bellefleuer added eight points while Eric Gofgosky and Derrek Root each netted six points.
Sean Driscoll scored 18 points to pace Southern Cayuga with the remainder of the team accounting for 20 points.
Marathon will travel to Newfield Friday.
Union Springs 64, Marathon 54: “We need to learn to play better on the road,” said Groton coach John Filzen. “We were still in the game with (Julius) McClary in foul trouble. Union Springs just played better than us down the stretch.”
Groton (1-1, 3-2, 5-2) led 2-0 in this Division III game and it was the only Indian lead in the game. Union Springs  (3-0, 5-1) countered with an 8-0 run, but the teams would be deadlocked at 17-17 after one quarter. The game was tied twice more in the first half, but the Wolves enjoyed a 31-26 halftime lead thanks to a 5-0 run after the 26-26 mark.
McClary fouled out in the third quarter with the game tied 39-39, but the home team held a 47-41 advantage through three quarter.
Groton trailed 57-54 with one minute to go in the game, but Pat Chandler (six points) went 4-for-4 from the foul line and the wolves prevailed by 10.
Devon Brady led the Union Springs attack with 25 points with mike Howell adding 14 points.
Kyle Yunger posted the double-double of 18 points and 14 rebounds, plus three blocks, for Groton. Peter Jackson added 16 points and Ethan Tilebein netted 12 points.