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February 1, 2014

Jackets girls clinch STAC East Division

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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.

“They’re a tough matchup for us,” Miller said.

Cooperstown 45, F-S 29

Liz Millea and Christina Noto scored in double figures for Cooperstown, which won a Center State Conference Division II game on the road.

Millea had 11 points and Noto finished with 10 for the Hawkeyes (10-5, 6-3), who outscored Frankfort-Schuyler, 22-10, in the second half.

Danielle Caivana’s 11 points paced F-S (11-4, 6-3), which received 10 points from Danielle Migliore.

Ciarra McGoldrick grabbed eight rebounds and Lucy Ford had three blocks in the second half for Cooperstown, which hosts Unatego on Wednesday.

Harpursville 57, Sidney 36

Miranda Drummond scored a season-high 36 points as host Harpursville won a Midstate Athletic Conference game to clinch the top seed for the league tournament.

The Hornets (16-0, 11-0), who are the top-ranked Class C team in the state, will host fourth-seeded Unadilla Valley at 7 p.m. Thursday in the MAC 1-4 semifinals. The other semi pits No. 3 Bainbridge-Guilford at No. 2 Sidney (10-1 MAC) at 7 p.m. Thursday.

Semifinal winners will advance to the MAC 1-4 championship game Feb. 15 at Oneonta State. Unadilla Valley is the defending MAC champion.

Kelsey Decker hit four three-pointers en route to a team-best 14 points for the Warriors, who trailed, 30-21, at halftime.

B-G 39, Delhi 27

Morgan Bullis scored 12 of her game-high 20 points in the first quarter, leading Bainbridge-Guilford to a MAC road victory.

“She’s athletic, strong and not afraid to go after the ball,” said Delhi coach Todd Bruce, whose team trailed, 23-7, after one period. “Real good ballplayer. She’s tough.”

The Bobcats forced Delhi (6-8, 4-7) into 26 turnovers and allowed no double-digit scoring efforts as Inda Gillett paced the Bulldogs with eight points.

Delhi is the eighth seed for the upcoming MAC 5-8 Tournament and will be on the road for a semifinal Tuesday night.

Afton 47, Deposit 28

Bailey Sherman scored half of her game-high 12 points in the opening quarter to help host Afton to a Midstate Athletic Conference victory.

Afton led, 12-5, after one quarter. The Crimson Knights still had a seven-point lead entering the final quarter, when Payton Cutting scored six of her 10 points to help Afton pull away. Cutting also had nine rebounds.

Sierra Palmatier also had 10 points for the Crimson Knights (7-8, 5-6), who will play in the 5-8 mini MAC tournament, which starts Tuesday. It’s likely Afton will play Unatego or Greene.

Hancock 44, Walton 17

Hayley O’Connor had nine points for host Walton, which lost in the Midstate Athletic Conference.

Kaitlyn Wormuth scored seven of her game-high 13 points in the first quarter for the Wildcats, who led, 13-4, after eight minutes.

The Warriors (0-16, 0-11) will play in a 9-12 MAC mini-tournament game Tuesday.

Laurens 53, Edmeston 41

Host Laurens went to the line a season-high 31 times and made 22 en route to a Tri-Valley League victory.

Taylor Kessler led the way, scoring a team-high 21 points, which included a 10-for-16 performance at the foul line.

“We’ve been trying to push the ball inside and that’s where a lot of that comes from,” Laurens coach Dean Marble said of his team’s ability to get to the line.

Shalyn Tilley, a senior, had 12 points on Senior Night for the Leopards (8-8, 6-6), who will travel to Morris on Wednesday.

Sydney Smith had 21 points for the Panthers.

Worcester 49, RS 44

Worcester trailed by four points in the third quarter before Jessica Peeters scored 10 straight points to give the host Wolverines for keeps in a Tri-Valley League victory.

Peeters hit both of her three-pointers during the run. She finished with 13 points. Madison Wright had 12 points and Gabby Travis finished with 10 for Worcester (4-12, 2-10), which received 11 rebounds from Jamie Thompson.

Worcester will play at Schenevus on Wednesday.

Kaity Richvalsky scored a game-high 22 points for Richfield Springs, which received 10 points from Vanessa Miller.

Schenevus 64, CV-S 24

In a matchup of Tri-Valley League East Division leaders, visiting Schenevus received respective 18- and 17-point nights from Sarah Mellor and Sierra Bentley en route to a lopsided victory.

“Schenevus played well tonight and we didn’t play our game,” Cherry Valley-Springfield coach Tim Dubben said.

Bentley had seven points in the first quarter as Schenevus bolted to a 17-6 lead. Mellor scored all but two of her points in the first half, which ended with the Dragons ahead, 29-8.

Both teams came into the night with three league losses.

Maddie Archer had six points for CV-S (11-5, 8-4), which will host Richfield Springs on Friday.

Morris 34, G-MU 24

Haley Wist scored 11 points to lead state-ranked Morris to a road victory in the Tri-Valley League.

The Mustangs (11-4, 7-4) took an 18-10 lead into halftime, but Gilbertsville-Mount Upton (2-13, 1-10) cut its deficit to four points with 1:24 left.

“We were in this until the end,” said Raiders coach Jim Johnson, whose team made all five of its field goals in a 10-point third quarter and shot 14-for-16 from the foul line overall. “We were down, 28-24, with the ball, but they got a few long rebounds. We were right there and ready to go.”

Meghan Meers went 9-for-10 from the foul line en route to 11 points for G-MU, which visits Franklin on Wednesday.

Davenport 55, Windham 23

Sarah Haight scored a game-high 25 points to lead visiting Davenport to a Delaware League victory.

Jenna Lutz contributed 11 points for the Wildcats (10-3, 9-1), who outscored Windham, 27-6, in the second half.

“We hung with them for one half and showed a lot of improvement and heart,” Warriors coach Jim Todaro said, “but we gave up fastbreak chances to Haight in the second half and she knocked them down.”

Mallory Grunenthal’s nine points paced Windham (0-14, 0-12), which received nine rebounds and seven blocks from Katie Pelham.

Windham celebrates Senior Night on Monday against visiting Downsville.

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Rich Langstaff’s 209 game helped Afton to a 4-0 Midstate Athletic Conference victory over Hancock.

Sam Rogalski rolled a 150 game for Afton’s girls, who lost, 4-0.

Both teams will compete in the MAC Championships on Tuesday at Sunset Lanes.