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January 13, 2014

OHS girls fall to defending Class A state champs

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Even a game-high 25 points from senior Mariah Ruff wasn’t enough to prevent Oneonta High from suffering its first girls basketball loss of the season.

Defending Class A state champion Troy received respective 15- and 13-point games from Mary Pattison and Kiana Patterson en route to a 53-42 non-league victory Saturday over the visiting Yellowjackets.

“We definitely struggled against their athleticism,” said OHS coach Matt Miller, whose team twice beat Troy by double digits last season. “They’re one of the better teams in New York state.”

Troy, which beat Maine-Endwell in last season’s Class A state final, outscored the Yellowjackets, 19-7, in the second quarter to take a 33-17 lead into halftime.

Ruff scored 10 points in the final quarter as the Yellowjackets outscored the hosts, 25-20, after halftime.

“She really does step her game up when we play a team like this,” Miller said of Ruff, the lone returning starter from last year’s 20-2 squad that fell, 55-53, in a state semifinal to four-time defending Class B state champion Irvington.

Miller said OHS forced Troy into 25 turnovers in the second half.

“We finished the game so well, so I can still walk away happy,” Miller said.

The Yellowjackets (8-1, 7-0) will host Johnson City on Wednesday.

Cooperstown 46, V-V-S 34

Maggie Hall’s nine points led five players who scored at least six points in host Cooperstown’s Center State Conference victory.

Liz Millea, Christina Noto and Ciarra McGoldrick all scored eight points, and SJ Morosko had six for Cooperstown.

“It was good balance in a challenging game,” Cooperstown coach Mike Niles said. “We always had a lead, but they didn’t go away, so the (balanced scoring) was good to see in a competitive game.”

Noto scored all eight of her points in the first half to lead Cooperstown to a 25-15 halftime lead. When Cooperstown outscored Vernon-Verona-Sherrill, 10-6, in the third quarter, Millea scored six points.

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