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March 8, 2014

Area's best to face tough tests Saturday

One-third of the finalists for Miss Basketball in New York state will be at Binghamton University’s Events Center at noon Saturday.

And if it’s anything like last year’s meeting between Oneonta High’s Mariah Ruff and Utica Notre Dame’s Emily Durr, you won’t want to miss it.

This area’s all-time leading scorer, Franklin senior Jordan Beers, will play at noon Saturday at Onondaga Community College, looking to take her program to the state semifinals for the first time.

A combined 1,057 victories will accompany the coaches in a Class D state boys basketball quarterfinal at 1:45 p.m. Saturday at OCC. Davenport’s Lee Fisher has 536 victories — 15 more than New York Mills’ Mike Adey.

Those are just some of the storylines as the girls from Oneonta High and Franklin, and the boys from Davenport look to take the next step in the state playoffs.

The following is a look at the state quarterfinal matchups for the three area teams still in the hunt to win state basketball championships:

CLASS B GIRLSOneonta vs. UND

Not only are Oneonta High’s Mariah Ruff and UND’s Emily Durr among six finalists for Miss Basketball in New York, but they’re both headed to Division I colleges next season, they’re both returning First Team all-state selections, both played AAU ball together on the Albany City Rocks and both wear No. 22 on their jerseys.

Ruff and Durr put on a memorable display last March in a state quarterfinal at OCC. Ruff scored the game’s final seven points to rally the Yellowjackets to a 57-52 victory. Ruff finished with a game-high 28 points and Durr had 23.

The 5-foot-8 Ruff will play next season for St. Bonaventure. Durr, who is 5-11, will suit up for Iowa State.

Ruff has 1,910 points over six varsity seasons — spending the first two at Andes. Durr has 2,309 points and if she can extend her season, she’ll likely become Section Three’s all-time leading scorer. That honor belongs to Cicero-North Syracuse graduate Breanna Stewart, who finished with 2,367 points before leading the University of Connecticut to a national title last season as a freshman.

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