Marietta can’t overcome bad quarter

One-point period dooms Tigers

MARIETTA — A one-point quarter came back to haunt Marietta High.

That’s all the scoring the Tigers had in the second period en route to a 48-41 setback to Philo High in boys’ basketball action Saturday at Sutton Gym.

“They (the Electrics) switched to a zone in the second quarter, and we kind of lost the desire to shoot,” said MHS head coach J.D. Secrest. “They got some length out on the perimeter against us, and we weren’t able to get around it and get the ball down low. Some good looks just didn’t fall.”

Mark Duckworth scored 11 points to lead Marietta (5-14), which suffered its seventh straight loss. Derek Duckworth and Austin Witucky each added 10 markers.

Philo was paced by Hunter Moore’s 13 points. Trey Lutz chipped in with 11, while AJ Clayton and Cody Butler netted 9 and 7, respectively.

Early on, Marietta scored 13 unanswered points and staked itself to a 19-8 first-quarter advantage. Mark Duckworth and Witucky led the charge with five points apiece, and Derek Duckworth had four. As a team, the Tigers made 8 of 11 from the field.

“We came out well and executed against their man-to-man,” Secrest said.

In the second stanza, the Tigers went cold, going 0 of 6 from the floor. Witucky had his team’s only point when he converted 1 of 2 from the foul line at the 2:30 mark.

Meanwhile, Philo slowly but surely whittled away at the deficit with Moore and Lutz each scoring 5 points. At the half, the Electrics trailed 20-18.

At the start of the third period, buckets by Clayton and Moore gave the visitors from Duncan Falls their first lead of the game. But a Witucky deuce evened the count at 22-all. The Electrics then got the lead back on a Butler basket, but the Tigers answered with Derek Duckworth 2-pointer.

At the 4:08 mark Butler drained a triple to give Philo a a 27-24 advantage, and at the end of the stanza, it led 36-30.

Early in the fourth quarter, the Electrics stretched their lead to double-digits, 42-32, on a Clayton deuce.

But the Tigers battled back, and cut it to five (44-39) on two Mark Duckworth freebies with two minutes remaining in the contest.

Philo answered that with a Moore deuce, followed by a Clayton dunk.

“We had better effort and execution than last night (Friday, at Coshocton),” Secrest said. “I know we’re all frustrated that we’re not getting ‘Ws.’ But there were some good things tonight. The bad things we can work on this week in practice — and just battle next week.”

Marietta is scheduled to play at Dover in an ECOL game at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday.