Sometimes hanging on to a big lead is harder than it looks - especially when you are the underdog. But Old Forge’s Nicole Marianelli made things look easy in the final eight minutes, canning 11-of-14 free throws, to lead the Blue Devils to a 51-41 victory over arch-rival Riverside.
For her effort, Nicole has been named The Sunday Dispatch Old Forge Athlete of the Week, for the week Jan. 3-9.
Marianelli finished with 17 points on the night as the Blue Devils led from start to finish. Thirteen of her points came from the charity stripe including a 5-for-6 showing in the final two minutes of the contest. She also scored 16 in an Old Forge win over Western Wayne later in the week.
Posters of Nicole can be seen at Revello’s Pizza, Old Forge and Smart Designs and Graphics, Wyoming, sponsors of the Old Forge Athlete of the Week.