In 2012, OHS played in the state final and held a 1-0 lead with less than nine minutes left in regulation before falling, 3-1, in overtime to Greece Odyssey.
“It was just an amazing accomplishment to get here and win,” said junior Taryn More, who led OHS with 19 goals and 28 assists. “We finally fulfilled our quest for the season. It wasn’t just to get here and play in the final game at states, it was to get here and win the final game at states. We were able to do that this year and it’s amazing.”
The Yellowjackets also won Southern Tier Athletic Conference and Section Four Class B titles for the third straight season.
Ruff and More shared Class B state Player of the Year honors. Jerry Mackey earned Class B state Coach of the Year honors, and Miller (Second Team), Hitchcock (Third Team) and Meg Burns (Fifth Team) were named to the all-state team.
2, OHS girls basketball
Given the resume that Section One’s Irvington brought into a Class B state semifinal March 15 at Hudson Valley Community College, Oneonta’s girls didn’t appear to have much of a chance.
Irvington had two Division I recruits and won the last three Class B state titles.
When the Yellowjackets fell behind by 13 at halftime and then by 14 early in the third quarter, it seemed a highly successful season would end in a rout.
Looks were deceiving.
Ruff scored 21 of her game-high 26 points in the second half and Hayley Dower scored all eight of her points in the third quarter as OHS climbed back into it.
When Kelsey Baker hit a rainbow three-pointer from the top of the key with a minute left, the teams were tied at 50.
With seconds remaining, Ruff grabbed a defensive rebound and raced down the floor. She couldn’t get a layup to drop and teammate Natalie Vanderlaan-Meyering narrowly missed a putback at the buzzer as OHS fell, 55-53.