The Yellowjackets’ boys switched from zone to man in the third quarter and quickly wiped out a 10-point deficit.
On Wednesday, eighth-seeded Whitney Point went on an 8-0 run in the second quarter to pull to 17-11. Brittany Randall scored five points in the spurt that was capped by a free throw by Courtney Dunham.
At that point, the Yellowjackets switched to man-to-man and a 14-0 run that bridged the second and third quarters ensued.
Senior center Brittney Herrick scored six of her eight points in the spurt, Ruff made a driving layup and went 4-for-4 from the line, and Brieanna Baker hit a wing jumper.
Ruff’s two free throws with 7:10 left in the third quarter gave the Yellowjackets a 31-11 lead.
During the run, OHS held WP without a point for over five minutes.
“We were really struggling in our zone,” Ruff said. “We didn’t have much energy, so Mr. Miller had us switch to man and then we started playing with more energy.”
Miller said early in the season his squad didn’t play well in man-to-man. That certainly wasn’t the case Wednesday.
“We’ve worked on it more in practice and we’re getting more comfortable in it,” Miller said. “We’re not fouling as much. That’s definitely something can do more of because we have the size and we have the athletes.”
The Yellowjackets put things out of reach by scoring eight straight points midway through the third quarter. Meg Burns scored inside and then scored on a putback. Maria DiMartin followed with a fastbreak layup off a pass from Burns and Madison Miller capped the run with a putback. That made the score, 39-14, with 3:25 left in the quarter.
That spurt included no points from Ruff and she said she’d like to see more of that as sectionals progress.