For the second time this season, Oneonta High’s girls needed to rally from a fourth-quarter deficit to beat Chenango Valley.
The last of Mariah Ruff’s five three-pointers came with about a minute-and-a-half left and put the Yellowjackets up by a point en route to a 55-51 Southern Tier Athletic Conference basketball victory on the road.
Ruff finished with a game-high 20 points, and Maria DiMartin and Brittney Herrick contributed 12 points apiece for OHS (13-1, 10-0), which clinched the STAC East Division title for the third straight year.
“Their kids play tough,” OHS coach Matt Miller said of a CV squad that lost, 53-51, earlier this season. “They have a gameplan for us. They play a zone, the play a lot of attention to Mariah and they’re a competitive bunch of kids. Tonight, they shot the ball extremely well and we didn’t do a good job on defense.”
DiMartin capped the scoring with two free throws with about five seconds left to seal it for OHS, which will play in a STAC semifinal Feb. 12, likely against the West Division champion.
DiMartin, who had missed Oneonta’s last two games because of concussion, hit some key mid-range jumpers.
“She made most of her points off of jump shots,” Miller said. “Normally, I’d refer to her as a slasher, but tonight it was jumpers. She hit some realy key buckets. We were down seven a couple of times, and she hit shots that cut it to five. She showed up big for us. She took what the defense gave her. They paid so much attention to Mariah, she was wide open for 15-footers.”
Herrick also had nine rebounds, and Ruff finished with seven rebounds and eight assists.
Chelsea Henige’s 16-point night included four of CV’s six three-pointers. Dani Forbidussi contributed 11 points for the Warriors.