Marietta defeats Redskins, 79-11

Marietta's Hannah Kroft, right, makes a move with the ball during a high school girls basketball game against Coshocton Saturday at Sutton Gym. Photo by Ron Johnston.

Marietta High went from being under the weather last week to overwhelming Cochocton High, 79-11, Saturday night in an East Central Ohio League girls’ basketball game at Sutton Gym.

“We had 11 kids at practice because of the flu and a couple of injuries Thursday, and we have 24 on the roster (varsity and JV),” said first-year MHS head coach Allen Ruth. “And I was trying to spare some of the ones that came back yesterday (Friday) by easing them back into it. I kept asking them when they came out on a scale of 1 to 10 how they were feeling. They were just tired.”

The Tigers, who halted a four-game slide, improved their overall record to 2-6. Hannah Kroft led four double-figure players with 19 points. Natalie Brooks added 15, while Tia Jarvis and Morgan Altenburger had 14 and 12, respectively.

“I was really proud of them,” Ruth said. “They ran our sets well, and we’re getting better.

“I just wanted our girls to come out tonight and be laser focused and execute — and not try to do too much.”

Jarvis provided a spark off the bench when she scored eight first-quarter points to help Marietta stake itself to a 19-0 lead. Her first two baskets were triples from the top of the key.

“Confidence keeps my head in the game, because if I don’t have it, I don’t usually make it,” Jarvis said. “I think we have a lot of three-point threats on our team. And I think we all contribute.”

Winless Coshocton (0-7) got on the scoreboard early in the second quarter when Alexis Frye knocked down a three to cut it to 25-3. But MHS continued to roll as Brooks scored nine points and Bailey Hogue added two layups off steals to give the home team a commanding 40-3 advantage at the break.

In the third quarter, Kroft had the hot hand with nine points, and the Tiger lead bulged to 63-7. Shaelynn Erman had a bucket and Kindall Shaw a pair of freebies for the Redskins.

Marietta won going away in the final eight minutes of play.

Ruth is expecting the Tigers’ next opponent Alexander to be more of a challenge. The orange and black lost to the Spartans in the first meeting.

“We’ve got a tough customer coming in here Wednesday in Alexander,” the coach said. “We were within four of them (Spartans) at halftime, and then we had a real bad third quarter.”