Tigers win, set up showdown with New Philly

Photo by Ron Johnston Marietta’s Adi Hill takes a shot during a high school girls basketball game against Meadowbrook Saturday at Sutton Gym.

Marietta High honored local law enforcement with a resounding 72-20 triumph over Meadowbrook High Saturday in an East Central Ohio League girls basketball game at Sutton Gymnasium.

Earlier in the season at Byesville in November, the Tigers defeated the Colts by 50 points (85-35).

“We wanted to be laser-focused and to come out and play our game,” said MHS head coach Allen Ruth. “I was really proud of them. They came out, executed, and did the things we needed to do. I was really pleased with the girls today.”

Jennifer Smith led four double-digit Tiger scorers with 19 points. Adi Hill added 16, including four triples, while Hannah Kroft and Jessica Smith netted 14 and 13 markers, respectively.

“When the Smiths are playing together, they’re a tough tamden to get by,” Ruth said. “They’re both really athletic and play really good defense.”

Marietta improved its record to 10-4 overall while Meadowbrook fell to 1-12.

“10-4, we got to double-digit wins today,” Ruth said.

The Colts were led by Lynsey Dudley’s 13 points.

Marietta, for all intents and purposes, had the game won in the first quarter when it blanked Meadowbrook, 36-0. During the surge, Jennifer Smith tallied 11 points, Kroft 8, Jessica Smith 8, and Hill six.

The Colts hurt themselves with 10 first-quarter turnovers and 29 for the game.

In the second quarter, Meadowbrook got on the board at the 7:17 mark when Dudley converted 1 of 2 at the line. Dudley than scored the Colts’ first field goal of the contest at around the 5:48 mark.

But the Tigers were rolling, and sparked by Hill’s two second-quarter trifectas, they led 50-5 at halftime.

After the break, the rout resumed, and Ruth subbed freely. With the Tigers reserves on the floor, the Colts outpointed the home team in the final period, 12-3.

Marietta is scheduled to play at New Philadelphia in an ECOL game at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday. Back in early December during the first meeting between the two schools, the Quakers downed the Tigers, 66-39, at Sutton Gym.

“We’re both tied for first in the ECOL,” Ruth said. “It’s going to be a big game, and we’re looking forward to it.”

Ron Johnston can be reached at rjohnston@mariettatimes.com