Brittney Herrick, one of eight seniors on Oneonta High’s roster, scored a game-high 14 points Tuesday to lead the Yellowjackets to a 69-24 Southern Tier Athletic Conference girls basketball victory over visiting Chenango Forks on Senior Night.
Fellow seniors Rachel Wessells and Mariah Ruff had 12 and 11 points, respectively, for the East Division champion Yellowjackets, who took a 35-13 lead into halftime.
Wessells’ point total was her season high.
“She shot the ball really well,” OHS coach Matt Miller said of Wessells, who scored eight points in the first quarter and had 10 by halftime.
Meg Burns, Ceili Getman, Maria DiMartin, Gabby Richardson and Marie Stiller also played their final regular-season home game for OHS.
“It was pretty emotional,” Miller said of Senior Night. “I don’t think the real emotions will come until the final game of the season. We still have four guaranteed games left. I think the girls know that, so you don’t get those authentic emotions. On the same token, it’s a reminder that the end is getting near. We don’t have much time left in this season and then these girls are moving on.”
DiMartin had seven points and Burns contributed six for the Yellowjackets (15-1, 11-0), who’ll travel to Windsor on Friday.
OHS will play at West Division champion Horseheads a week from today in a STAC semifinal. OHS beat HH in overtime last season to win the STAC championship.
The STAC final will be played Feb. 14. Central Division champion Owego will play Metro Division winner Maine-Endwell in the other semifinal.
Unatego 56, Afton 41
Marissa Woodard finished with a game-high 16 points and 16 rebounds to lead host Unatego to a victory in a first-round game of the Midstate Athletic Conference 5-8 tournament.
Woodard scored nine of her points in the second quarter for the Spartans, who took a 28-11 lead into halftime.
“We did a good job at moving the ball and finding the open person,” said Unatego coach Greg Bonczkowski, who also recived 15 and 13 points, respectively, from Samantha Pikaard and Cassidy Newman.
Newman also had 15 rebounds.
“We also did a real nice job with our half-court defense.”
Payton Cutting paced seventh-seeded Afton with 14 points. Ashley Rogalski contributed eight points for the Crimson Knights, who will face eighth-seeded Delhi in the MAC 5-8 consolation game Tuesday.
Unatego (9-7) will play the 5-8 championship game Tuesday at Greene.
Hancock 63, Walton 11
Kaitlyn Wormuth scored a game-high 16 points to lead host ninth-seeded Hancock to a first-round victory in the MAC 9-12 tournament.
Teammates Alex Houghton and Megan Hunter contributed 12 and 10 points, respectively, for the Wildcats, who led, 28-5, at halftime.
Megan MacNamara paced Walton with six points.
Hancock (7-10) will host 10th-seeded Deposit for the MAC 9-12 championship on Tuesday.
Franklin 58, G-MU 18
Marisa Cawley scored 16 of her game-high 23 points in the first half to lead host Franklin to a Tri-Valley League victory.
Cawley also had 14 rebounds.
Teammate Jordan Beers contributed 19 points and four steals for the Purple Devils, who outscored Gilberstville-Mount Upton 19-0 in the second quarter.
“Our defense was really sound in the first half. We threw a couple different looks at them,” Franklin coach Mike Dutcher said.
Meghan Meers paced G-MU with 11 points.
Franklin (14-0, 12-0) will host Morris on Friday for Senior night.
Margaretville 58, Windham 24
Sami Hunt scored 18 points and grabbed 12 rebounds as host Margaretville earned a Delaware League victory.
Annette Hogan contributed 13 points and five steals for the Blue Devils (5-10, 4-8), who will travel to Davenport Friday.
Windham will host Hunter-Tannersville Saturday for Senior Night.
Deposit 46, Oxford 21
Shelby Pettersen and Janai Cornwall hit two three-pointers apiece during a 14-2 first-quarter run that helped host Deposit to a first-round victory in the Midstate Athletic Conference 9-12 tournament.
The Lumberjacks (5-12) hit seven three-pointers. Pettersen had three and Cornwall finished with two. Catherine Bush had nine points and 11 rebounds, and Kylie Papagelos had 11 points and six steals.
Deposit will play at Hancock in the 9-12 championship game Tuesday.
Oxford will host Walton in the 9-12 consolation Tuesday.
BOYS BASKEBALLMilford 69, RS 33
Peyton Griffiths had 12 of his game-high 19 points in helping host Milford to a 22-2 lead after one quarter and the Wildcats went on to a Tri-Valley League victory.
“We rebounded extremely well in the first quarter,” Milford coach Frank Spurchise said. “We got a lot of second-chance points.”
Will Ward had eight of his 11 points in the opening quarter, including two of his three three-pointers.
The East Division champion Wildcats (15-1, 11-1) also had 17 assists, with Brian Atwell leading the way with four.
Eli Rutledge and Jacob Tabor had 10 and nine rebounds, respectively, for Milford, which will host Schenevus in a Coaches vs. Cancer game Friday.
It marks the sixth straight season that Milford and Schenevus are holding the game. Proceeds will to the American Cancer Society, with funds earmarked for breast cancer research.
The boy-girl doubleheader will start with the boys at 5:30 p.m. Friday, followed by the girls game between East Division leaders.
Milford’s girls game against Richfield Springs scheduled for tonight has been postponed. That game will be made up Monday.
Laurens 58, Morris 39
Edwin Rivera scored all 11 of his points in the third quarter, when host Laurens used a 20-6 run to win in the Tri-Valley League.
“He hit one three-pointer. The rest was all off of defensive transition. We played solid defense and it was outlet and go.”
The teams went into halftime tied at 24.
Jared Conklin scored a game-high 18 points for the Leopards, who received 14 points from Mitchell Barra and 11 from Logan Barra. Logan Barra was the lone player to be honored on Senior Night.
Cameron Hill had 10 points to lead Morris.
The Leopards (11-6, 9-4) are off until sectionals start in two weeks.
Gilboa 62, SK 61
Christian Cooper finished with a game-high 25 points and grabbed 14 rebounds as host Gilboa won a Delaware League game on Senior Night.
Cooper scored 15 points in the first quarter, including all three of his threes, as the Wildcats took a 24-13 lead.
South Kortright outscored the Wildcats, 18-4, in the second quarter when Griff Metzko scored 11 of his 22 points to give the Rams a three point lead at halftime.
Tyler Lamport scored 12 of his team-high 24 points in the fourth quarter as the Rams closed to four points with 14 seconds left.
Gilboa travels to Jefferson on Thursday.
Margaretville 42, Windham 40
Cooper Reither scored 14 points and Kyle Short finished with 12 to help visiting Margaretville to a Delaware League victory.
Reither scored nine of his points, all on three-pointers, in the last minute of the second quarter for the Blue Devils, who went into halftime tied at 23-23.
David Saunders paced Windham with 15 points and 12 rebounds. Saunders finished with nine points in the fourth quarter for the Warriors.
“We had an opporunity with two seconds left but not a clean look,” Windham coach Joel Middleton said. “Everyone gave a solid defensive and offensive effort.”
Devin Drum finished with 13 points and six blocks for Windham, which ended the season 4-12.
Davenport 64, Stamford 41
Once-beaten Davenport avenged its lone loss of the season as Matt Finne scored a game-high 21 points to lead the visiting Wildcats to a Delaware League victory.
Finne had 14 points by halftime as Davenport took a 34-24 lead.
“They came out with a lot of intensity and shot the ball well,” Stamford coach Greg O’Connell said.
Kyle Moorby had 18 points and Corey Hartman finished with 12 for Upper Division champion Davenport.
Matt Anderson and Gregg Mattice had nine points apiece to lead the Indians (11-5, 8-4), who will play at Hunter-Tannersville on Thursday.
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Windham’s boys and girls teams ran their records to 8-0, following a Section Four sweep.
Joe Pelham led the Warriors boys with a winning mark of 31.97. Margaretville’s Riely Ancona and Windham’s Malcolm Seamans finished second and third, respectively.
Windham’s boys finished at 65.80 to beat runner-up Margaretville, which had 70.38.
Mattie Seamans led Windham’s girls. She finished in 34.48. Teammates Sophia Jaeger (35.26) and Natalie Vining (38.07) placed second and third.
Nick Winne rolled a 503 for Cooperstown, which lost, 5-0, to Herkimer in a Center State Conference meet.
Cooperstown’s girls also lost, 5-0. Adrianna Valentine rolled a 329 series for Cooperstown.