Tigers falter vs. Bobcats

RON JOHNSTON The Marietta Times Marietta High’s Hannah Kroft goes up for a basket during a high school girls basketball game against Cambridge Wednesday at Sutton Gymnasium. Cambridge won, 65-32.

Marietta High had a good start.

But then the Tigers faded fast after the opening period and dropped a 65-32 decision to undefeated Cambridge High in East Central Ohio League girls’ basketball action at Sutton Gym Wednesday night.

“You know, that’s just a glimpse of what they can do,” said first-year MHS head coach Allen Ruth. “They came out, and were really focused. They stuck to our game plan, and we had a really, really good first quarter.

“Then…I don’t know. They kind of let one turnover become two, become 50. It’s a learning process and I’m proud of the way they played in the first quarter, because we stuck to our game plan. We ran when we wanted to and ran our transition when we wanted to. And we kind of ran our offense when we needed to. We’ve got to learn to answer the bell. When a team goes on a little run, we’ve got to learn to answer the bell.”

Marietta fell to 1-5 overall on the season while Cambridge improved its mark to 5-0 overall and 4-0 in the ECOL.

Morgan Altenburger was the Tigers’ lone double-digit scorer with 10 points.

CHS sophomore Khloe Taylor tallied a game-high 17 points, including five threes. Lilly Ritz added 14 markers.

“Give the new coach from Marietta credit,” said CHS boss Dan Linscott, a Morgan High grad. “He had his kids ready to play. I told our kids that just the demeanor of the Marietta kids was very positive. You could see them walking around here with confidence. They came out and played with confidence, and so we kind of had to match that.”

Sparked by Hannah Kroft’s six first-quarter points, Marietta played Cambridge even-steven at 13-all. The Tigers actually led for most of the opening eight minutes, but Taylor kept the Bobcats close with three triples. Ritz’s two freebies with 6.6 seconds remaining tied the score.

“We were fortunate that our sophomore (Taylor) was on fire,” Linscott said. “I think she scored the first 11 points for us.”

In the second quarter, Cambridge outpointed MHS, 20-1, and led 33-14 at halftime. At the 5:58 mark, Torrance Nonnenmacher converted one-of-two from the charity stripe for the Tigers’ only point.

“When you score one point, that’s terrible,” Ruth said. “We’ve got a lot of youngsters out there, and they just make young turnovers.”

After the intermission, the rout resumed, and the visitors from Guernsey County won going away.

“What you have to understand about this team is that we’re a veteran team to be honest with you,” Linscott said.