The Daily Star
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Twenty-three of Jordan Gutierrez’s game-high 29 points came in the first half as Oneonta High’s boys opened a 25-point lead en route to a 73-44 Southern Tier Athletic Conference boys basketball victory at Chenango Forks on Monday.
Gutierrez, a junior, has averaged 31.3 points over the Yellowjackets’ last three games – all victories. He didn’t play in the fourth quarter Tuesday.
“We were getting Jordan on the perimeter off of ball screens or staggers,” OHS coach Jerry Mackey said. “We pressed in the first quarter and early in the second and we were able to get some layups off of that.”
OHS led, 19-6, after one quarter and extended its lead to 42-17 by halftime.
“Our defense was pretty good,” Mackey said. “We defended the way we were supposed to and that’s progress. In the past, we haven’t always done that.”
Albert Odero contributed 11 points, and Brock Eichler and George Foti had eight and seven points, respectively, for OHS (6-1, 5-1).
“If you watched us the last few games, we’re getting contributions across the board, even if it’s not showing up in the box score,” Mackey said. “That’s something we can build on for the future. It’s a game we were supposed to win and historically, our better teams have done that.”
Trevor Burghardt scored nine points to lead the Blue Devils.
OHS will play Sherburne-Earlville at 6 p.m. Friday in a first-round game of the Unadilla Valley Tournament.
Oneonta 83, Chenango Forks 27
Mariah Ruff finished with a game-high 21 points, 10 assists and nine rebounds to lead visiting Oneonta High to a Southern Tier Athletic Conference victory.
Teammate Brittney Herrick contributed 18 points and nine rebounds for the Yellowjackets.
Ruff and Herrick combined to score 18 points as OHS outscored the Blue Devils, 32-7, in the third quarter to take a 63-20 lead.
“We got off too a slow start but started to execute in transition,” said Oneonta coach Matt Miller, whose team was tied with Forks, 11-11, after one quarter.
Maria DiMartin contributed 12 points and Meg Burns finished with eight for OHS.
“Everbody got involved tonight and everybody played unselfishly,” Miller said. :I think we can still get better and there’s a lot of potential here for this team.”
Alex Yoest paced Chenango Forks with 17 points.
Oneonta (6-0, 5-0) will play at defending Class A state champion Troy on Jan. 4. The Yellowjackets beat Troy twice by double-digits last season.
Harpursville 36, B-G 23
Bainbridge-Guilford whittled to a 15-point halftime deficit to one midway through the fourth quarter before host Harpursville pulled away for a Midstate Athletic Conference victory.
“We can definitely build on this, defensively,” B-G coach Bob Conway said of holding 2012 Class C state finalist Harpursville to 36 points. “Defensively, we’re playing well. We just have to turn it into points.”
The Bobcats (2-3, 2-1) trailed, 19-4, at halftime. But B-G outscored the Hornets, 10-1, in the third period. When Megan Ferrara hit a free throw with 4:42 left, B-G’s deficit was 21-20.
Harpursville’s Tatiana Sosnowsky then hit three straight jumpers, the last of which gave the Hornets a 29-23 lead.
B-G played a triangle-and-2 designed to slow Miranda Drummond and Shelby Medovich. Medovich scored two points. Drummond, who’ll play with Oneonta High standout Mariah Ruff at Division I St. Bonaventure next season, had a game-high 19 points.
“We did a really good job on Medovich and we did a really good job holding Drummond to 19,” Conway said. “We just couldn’t put the ball in the bucket. We’ve just been struggling shooting the ball.”
Ferrara finished with a team-high eight points, one more than teammate Morgan Bullis.
The Bobcats will play Windsor at 7:45 p.m. Friday in a first-round game of B-G’s Kazalski Tournament.
Small School Invitational
Sidney’s Howard Dean placed first in the 600-meter dash Friday in the Small School Invitational at Cortland State.
Dean crossed 1 minute, 28.49 seconds.
Jacob DePauw placed fourth in the high jump and Logan Mancuso finished fifth in the 1,600-meter run for Oneonta High. DePauw cleared 5 feet, 4 inches and Mancuso crossed in 4:46.19.
The Yellowjackets’ Melissa Emilio contributed a fifth-place finish in the 1,000 in 3:25.21. Teammate Nova Otieno broke the Yellowjackets’ indoor shot-put record with a distance of 30-0 1/4. The previous record of 29-8 1/2 inches was held by 2010 graduate Vicki Konze. Otieno finished sixth.
Also for Sidney, Cindy Kaptin finished third in the shot put with a distance of 31-2 1/4 and Nicole Rajner placed fourth in the 1,500 race walk in 10:29.18. Mallory Stillman placed fifth in the 55 in 7.72 and Jilleen Livingston contributed a fifth-place finish in the long jump, covering 14-9 1/4.
Oneonta will compete in the 11-12 age-group meet at Cortland on Friday.