By: Tim Birney | | January 22, 2022


BENTON — Senior Caydence Macik scored 22 points, and hauled down her 600th career rebound to lead Athens in a 50-16 win over Benton here Saturday afternoon in non-league girls basketball action.

With 5:37 remaining in the first quarter, Macik pulled down the milestone carom.

“Congrats to Caydence on a great achievement,” said Athens coach Brian Miller. “Rebounding is about effort and attitude, and Caydence plays that game at a high level.

“I’m so proud of her,” added Miller.

The Wildcats limited the Tigers to just one field goal in the first quarter, and one in the entire second half.

“We played great team defense tonight, and had some great fast-break passing in transition,” said Miller.

Junior Karlee Bartlow scored five points in the first quarter, and Macik added four points to fuel a game-opening 14-3 blitz.

Five different Lady Wildcats found the scoring column in the second quarter, but they were only able to add one point to their advantage, taking a 24-12 lead into the halftime locker room.

Macik pumped in 12 points in the third quarter, and Karlee Bartlow added four in an 18-2 run that gave Athens a 42-14 lead entering the final eight minutes.

Macik had 10 rebounds and five steals to go along with her 22 points, while Natalee Watson had nine points, four rebounds and one blocked shot, and Karlee Bartlow had nine points, three rebounds, and three steals.

Senior Olivia Bartlow added four points, 10 rebounds, and 10 blocked shots in the win, while
freshman Addy Wheeler had eight rebounds, five assists, seven steals, and one blocked shot, and junior Emma Bronson chipped in with three boards.

Athens, now 9-3, returns to action Wednesday at North Penn-Liberty.

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Tim Birney

Tim Birney is the founder / owner of River Road Media Group. He was born and raised in the Valley, graduating from Waverly High School in 1984.

Birney earned an Associate's Degree in Journalism from SUNY Morrisville in 1986 and a Bachelor's Degree in Journalism / Public Relations from Utica College of Syracuse University in 1988. He began his newspaper career at The Daily Review in Towanda in 1989, before moving on to The Evening Times in 1995. He spent more than 10 years at the Times, the last four as Managing Editor.

River Road Media Group includes five sites in "The Sports Reports" family that cover 24 school districts in five counties: Valley Sports Report (launched Aug. 10, 2009), Tioga County (NY) Sports Report (Aug. 13, 2018), and Northern Tier Sports Report (Aug. 31, 2020); Northern Tier West Sports Report (March 15, 2021) Southern Tier Sports Report (Aug. 16, 2021).