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Marietta High girls come up short vs. New Philadelphia

Photo by Josh Hughes Marietta High’s Hannah Kroft, left, looks to attack the basket during a high school girls basketball game against New Philadelphia Saturday at Sutton Gymnasium.

A barrage of 3-point shooting sunk the Marietta Tiger girls, as they fell 66-39 at the hands of New Philadelphia on Saturday. The crowd on-hand at Frank Sutton Gymnasium saw quite the display of shooting, as nine 3-balls found the bottom of the net for the visiting Quakers. Five of those came from Anne Marie Monaco, as the Quakers moved the ball around while they showcased great efficiency.

This contest didn’t get out of hand until the later stages, and the Tigers fought to close the deficit in the first quarter of action. Morgan Altenburger led the Tigers in scoring with 18 points, and she nailed two free throws late in the frame to make it 15-8. On the final scoring possesion of the first for Marietta, Altenburger buried a deep 3-ball off an assist from Jennifer Smith to make it a 15-11 game after the first eight minutes. MHS head coach Allen Ruth voiced his frustrations with his team after the contest, but he said he thought they came out looking strong in the early going.

“I thought we came out and played really, really hard. I thought we played harder than them, actually,” he said. “We had a loss of focus there in the last 30-45 seconds of the first half. Other than that, it was a really nip-and-tuck game there in the first half.”

That loss of focus led to the evntual downfall of MHS in this game, but with 2:46 left in the half, Altenburger knocked down a basket that gave the Tigers (2-2) their first and only lead of the game at 18-17. An 8-0 Quaker run got them back on top, and they wouldn’t look back. A 28-7 third quarter put the final nail in the coffin for MHS, as coach Ruth says the team has got to move on and prepare for a tough road contest against Warren.

“We got rattled and never answered the bell,” he said. “Our game plan in the second half was to give them a big dose of Hannah (Kroft), and our guard-play just couldn’t handle it. We’ve got a quick turnaround for Monday night and they (Warren) were all there, so I’m sure they saw us.”

New Philadelphia improved to 3-2 with the win, as their balanced attack led to three scorers in double-figures. Monaco led the way with 15, as her five 3s were the only way she scored. Josie Pry wasn’t far behind with 14, and Julia Ress finished with 13. The only other Tiger in double-figures was Kroft with 13, as she was mostly busy in the paint. Now, the Tigers shift their attention to a Monday night clash against Warren.

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