Irvington went on to win its fourth straight state title the next day by 38 points.
Oneonta’s 20-2 season included a 57-52 win over Utica Notre Dame in a state quarterfinal, a 57-56 overtime defeat of Horseheads in the STAC final, and a 41-33 win over Seton Catholic Central for their record sixth straight sectional title.
The Yellowjackets also beat Class A state champion Troy twice by double-digits, as well as beating Maine-Endwell — the team Troy beat in the state final — by 16 points.
Ruff earned First Team all-state honors in Class B and later announced she would attend Division I St. Bonaventure on a full scholarship.
Seniors Vanderlaan-Meyering and Baker earned Sixth- and Eighth-Team all-state honors, respectively.
Coach Matt Miller and Ruff have OHS off to a 6-0 start this season.
3, Ray Preston
Sectional victories are nothing new for Preston, but a Feb. 19 first-round sectional game against visiting Stamford brought with it extra meaning.
Preston, in his 34th season heading Davenport, won his 620th game to become the state’s all-time leader in girls basketball victories. Davenport’s 50-39 victory over the Indians gave Preston a 620-164 record. He passed retired Red Hook coach John Kuhn as the state’s winningest coach.
“We knew how big of a deal it was,” Davenport guard Sarah Haight said after scoring 14 points. “We’re really excited because we all wanted this for him.”
Preston has guided Davenport to 26 Delaware League division titles, 11 league championships, eight Section Four Class D titles, four appearances in the state semifinals and two state-championship berths. He’s also a member of the New York Basketball Hall of Fame and the Section Four Hall of Fame.
“Everybody knows if you have a team that’s full of talent what the expectation is,” Preston said, “but when kids have to work and kids have to improve, they see the reward of their hard work. That’s what coaching is all about.”