Marietta girls grab win over Athens

Photo by Ron Johnston Marietta’s Taylor McVicar goes for a steal against Athens’ Kaylee Stewart during the Tigers’ 42-27 win over the Bulldogs Monday night.

MARIETTA – Marietta High’s defensive play was superb.

The Tigers limited Athens High to three single-digit quarters en route to a 42-27 win in non-conference girls’ basketball action at Sutton Gym Monday night.

“Our defense was pretty solid,” said MHS head coach Mark Hannuksela. “It’s not so much how many points they (Athens) scored. I think we were in the right spots. We were moving well and talking well.”

MHS (4-9 overall), which never trailed in the contest, has now won two in a row and three of its last four games.

“As a team, we’re doing a lot better than we did in previous games,” said Marietta senior Taylor McVicar, who scored a team-high 10 points.

“We had a good press tonight. Actually, we’ve had a good one in our last two games.”

McVicar was the Tigers’ only double-digit scorer. But Caleigh Doan, Natalie Brooks, and non-starter Tyanna Washburn each added seven markers for the winners.

“We played all 13, and we got contributions from everybody,” Hannuksela said. “In the first half, I thought everybody was kind of sharp, but in the second half, I’m not so sure that was the case. You’ve got to play a 32-minute game.”

Athens fell to 1-14 on the season. The Bulldogs were paced by Laura Manderick, who tallied a game-high 15 points. Lilly Mills chipped in with six markers.

After McVicar scored Marietta’s first two buckets of the game, the home team never looked back. Torrance Nonnenmacher’s steal and layup made it 6-0 before Manderick cut it to two with two straight baskets. Cosing out the scoring in the opening stanza, Tyanna Washburn’s putback gave the Tigers an 8-4 advantage.

In the second period, MHS scored 11 unanswered points to stretch its lead to 19-4. During the surge, Doan had a triple and a putback; Hannah Grosel, a three; Tia Jarvis, two freebies; and McVicar, one free-throw.

At the 3:22 mark, Mills scored what turned out to be Athens’ only points in the quarter.

Marietta owned a commanding 22-6 advantage at the intermission.

“I thought our first half wasn’t bad,” Hannuksela said. “I think we missed some shots that were makeable, but that happens.”

Athens was a different team after the break, and actually outpointed MHS, 21-20. Manderick had the hot hand, scoring nine third-quarter points as the Bulldogs cut it to 15, 34-19.

Helping the Tigers maintain the lead, McVicar scored five points, and Natalie Brooks and Washburn each had a bucket.

In the fourth quarter, the two schools played each other, scoring eight points apiece.

Marietta is scheduled to host Coshocton in an East Central Ohio League game at 2:30 p.m. Saturday.