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January 9, 2014

OHS girls smother Seton

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Ruff played a bit role thereafter, scoring four points on 4-for-6 shooting from the foul line in the second half. But it’s not like Oneonta really needed much more out of Ruff, who will play Division I basketball at St. Bonaventure next season.

That’s because the second half started almost exactly like the first. Jayne again quickly called for time — 57 seconds had passed this time — as DiMartin and Brieanna Baker scored back-to-back transition baskets off the full-court press to extend Oneonta’s cushion to 20 points.

“This was a game they wanted,” said Jayne, whose program reached the Section Four Class B championship game in two of the last three seasons but fell to Oneonta both times. “I think it showed a little bit in our play. I think we came out jacked up a little bit too much. You can’t turn the ball over 20 times in a half and expect to win a game.”

Seton followed the timeout with another turnover that set up Madison Miller for a basket with 1:13 gone in the third period. Jayne had seen enough at that point, benching all five of her starters for the rest of the quarter.

“Mr. Miller talked a lot about not letting up if we get up by 13 or 14 points,” said Ruff, whose last basket from the field was a three-pointer with 3:53 left in the second quarter. “I thought we did a really good job of that and we didn’t take our foot off the gas pedal.”

Eighth-grade reserve Ava McCann scored all four of the Saints’ points in the third quarter, which ended with Oneonta way ahead, at 47-21. McCann finished with a team-best 11 points for Seton, which committed 34 turnovers on the night but also forced 19.

“We turned the ball over just because we were playing so fast,” Matt Miller said. “Thank God our defense kept us in the game. If our defense didn’t kind of back up our lack of offense, we might have been in quite a bit of trouble.”

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