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Marietta girls too much for River

Marietta’s Alyssa Baker (1) battles for a rebound during a high school girls basketball game against River Wednesday at Sutton Gym. Marietta won, 52-27. (Photo by Mike Morrison)

MARIETTA — Marietta Tigers girls basketball coach Allen Ruth knows full well there are going to be plenty of ups and downs for his young team this season.

Count Wednesday night as one of those “ups” as the Tigers rolled to a 52-27 win over the River Pilots at Sutton Gymnasium to even their record at 2-2.

The Tigers, who do not have a single senior on their roster, were led by junior Riley Medley with 14 points while freshman Leigha Lauer added 12.

Marietta jumped out to a 14-8 lead at the end of the first quarter and extended their lead to 15 at the half by out-pointing River by a 14-5 mark in the second quarter.

River managed to keep within striking distance of the home team late into the third quarter thanks to a strong performance from Rylee Knight who scored nine of her team-high 14 points in the period.

The Pilots had whittled the Marietta lead down to 11 late in the third before the Tigers strung together a 6-0 run that pushed their lead to 17 and finally gave them some room to breathe.

Medley got the run started by making a free throw and freshman guard Alyssa Baker came up with a steal and assisted Lauer for an easy deuce.

Lauer capped the run with an old-fashioned three-point play to increase the MHS lead to 40-23.

Marietta opened the final period on an 7-0 run keyed by back-to-back inside scores from freshman Candace Addison.

Tiger sophomore Saylor Wharff connected on three triples to finish with nine points while Addison added 6.

Marietta will return to action Saturday when they travel to Warren to take on the Warriors.

GIRLS BASKETBALL

Gilmer 74, Braxton 13

GLENVILLE — Gilmer County opened its season with a dominating 74-13 victory Tuesday night against visiting Braxton County.

The Titans, who got a game-high 16 points from Malaysia Morgan along with 11 counters by Trinity Bancroft, led 23-6 after one, 45-10 at the half and held the Eagles scoreless in the fourth quarter.

Lainey Hunt and Bre Smarr had four points apiece in the setback.

Gilmer County, which plays host to South Harrison on Tuesday, also received nine points from Carrah Ferguson, eight apiece by Allie Ellyson and Ashlyn Bourn as well as seven markers from Bayley Frashure and six by Emma Taylor.

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