Tiger girls snap three-game losing streak

Photo by Jay W. Bennett Marietta’s Jessica Smith (10) goes up for a basket during a high school girls basketball game against Dover Saturday at Sutton Gym. Marietta won, 67-56.

MARIETTA — A three-game losing skid went by the wayside Saturday afternoon inside Sutton Gymnasium as Marietta put on a 3-point shooting clinic during its 67-56 East Central Ohio League victory versus Dover.

The now 4-4 Tigers of head coach Allen Ruth, who are 2-1 in conference, opened the season with a 3-1 mark before going into quarantine and then coming out of it with setbacks to Fort Frye, Tri-Valley and New Philadelphia.

“It always helps when you’re making shots,” quipped Ruth, who watched his team hit 6 of 8 from deep in the first quarter en route to a 28-13 bulge.

“Coming off the three-game losing streak and playing those three tough games I was more concerned about us just coming out and running our offense and trying to execute and do the things we needed to do and for them to play together and pick each other up.”

The head man got his wish from the onset. After Morgan Altenburger won the tip, she assisted on Rylee Kendall’s deuce 18 ticks in to take the lead for good. Altenburger, who had 13 points and eight rebounds, followed with a 3. Lia Conner’s two foul shots made it 5-2, but Adi Hill hit a 3 and then scored on a backdoor lay-in. Hill later grabbed a defensive rebound and made an outlet pass to Jessica Smith, who found twin sister Jennifer Smith for a layup and a 12-2 lead just 2:46 in.

Marietta's Saylor Wharff (11) makes a pass during a high school girls basketball game against Dover Saturday at Sutton Gym. Marietta won, 67-56.

Jessica Smith hit two more 3s and the Tigers, who play Monday at Nelsonville-York, also got triples from Jennifer Smith and Saylor Wharff, which came just before the quarter buzzer. The freshman Wharff connected on five treys and led the Tigers with 17 points.

MHS added three more bombs in the second — two from Wharff and one by Jessica Smith, who scored a baker’s dozen.

“Jess shot the ball well and I thought she did a good job running the offense,” added the coach. “It was good to see them play together and smile a little bit. It was a much-needed win for them. We needed to get a little wind back in our sails.”

Dover (6-3, 1-2) trailed 57-35 with 2:08 left in the third as the Tigers scored eight straight following a 7-0 spurt by the visitors, which had cut the deficit to 49-35. Morgan Kiser, who had game-highs of 22 points and nine boards, hit a trifecta while teammates Addie Martin (11 points) and Tori Jones (16 points) also made a field goal apiece. An inside deuce by Tori Shankle to close the scoring in the third still had the Tornadoes in a 57-37 hole.

Following a block by Altenburger, who got the rebound, the Tigers went quickly into transition as Kendall assisted on a Jennifer Smith (nine points) make for a 64-41 advantage with 4:45 to go. MHS, which shot 51% (25 of 49) overall and 13 of 23 (56.5%) from downtown, got its final trifecta with 1:50 remaining from Kenzley Urban.

Head coach Kyle Dummermuth’s Tornadoes, who return to action Wednesday at Indian Creek, tallied the final 10 points of the affair.

Contact Jay Bennett at jbennett@newsandsentinel.com


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