Tioga County Sports Report
MARATHON — Candor fell to Marathon here Tuesday night, 61-46, as double-doubles from both Jennah Kareem and Braelyn Hornick were not enough to hold back the Olympians and their leading scorer, returning all-state standout Brooke Tillotson.
Candor got on the board first and often held a lead in the opening minutes, but midway through the first quarter foul trouble sent starters to the bench and Marathon was able to take advantage to the change in the Indians' defensive strategy. The Olympians closed out the quarter with an 8-4 run, with two buckets from Molly Merihew and four free throws from Tillotson, to take the lead 16-11.
The Indians would battle back in the second quarter, taking the stanza 16-14. Five Indians scored, including free throws from Meckenzie Marsh, Kadrianna Foster, and Brooke Wilcox, and five and seven points from Kareem and Hornick, respectively. The halftime score was 30-27, Marathon.
Candor's third-quarter woes continued as they went scoreless for the majority of the frame until Kareem hit a putback in the final minutes. Marsh hit a 3-pointer to pull the Indians closer, but Merihew answered with a three at the buzzer.
The drawn out fourth quarter saw the teams combine for 23 free throws, Candor making six out of 10 to Marathon's eight for 13.
Tillotson led all scorers with 21. Kristi Walley added 15 while Abigail Ensign and Merihew each had nine. Madison Clark chipped in eight.
Candor was led by Kareem's 19 points and 11 rebounds. Hornick's double-double consisted of 14 points and 10 rebounds. Other scorers for Candor were Marsh and Wilcox with five each, Kilie Streeter with two, and Kadrianna Foster with one.
"The foul trouble early knocked us out of our defensive game plan that was working very well to start," said Candor coach Carl Kanoff. "As soon as we switched, Marathon started picking us apart. We switched to something different and from there we did a decent job of holding them at bay. We were very fortunate to be only down three at the half as most of our players had two or three fouls each throughout the second quarter.
"Coming out to the third quarter we had a plan to attack their zone, but we just couldn't find the net and had a ton of one-and-done possessions. Marathon had neither of those problems."
Candor (2-7, 2-3 IAC) hosts Moravia Friday.
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