Like last week against Norwich, Oneonta’s rally was kick-started by switching to a man-to-man defense. Miller made the move during a timeout with 1:24 left in the third quarter, but it didn’t start paying dividends until early in the fourth quarter.
Ruff hit the last of her four three-pointers with 6:46 left and then hit a pull-up jumper in the lane 20 seconds later as OHS pulled to 39-30.
Yellowjackets junior Madison Miller then spurred a 10-2 run over a two-minute span.
Miller, an athletic 5-9 forward, hit a short runner midway through the quarter and then a made a steal near midcourt and passed ahead to Ruff, whose layup made with 41-34 with 3:45 to go.
“I was immensely impressed,” Ruff said of Miller, who finished with six points on 3-for-4 shooting from the field. “She picked her game. She had four fouls, but she got steals and created for others. She gave the seniors as much as she could to help us succeed.”
After Harris scored in transition, Maria DiMartin found Herrick inside for a layup, Ruff hit a pair of free throws and Miller drove the right side of the lane, hitting an 8-footer off the glass that pulled OHS to 43-40 with 2:03 left.
“Anyone who follows Oneonta High athletics knows Madison is an exceptional athlete,” coach Miller said of Madison Miller, a standout soccer player who helped the Yellowjackets to a Class B state title in the fall. “She’s got tools that can make her a great basketball player and you saw glimpses of that. These are things we’ve seen as teammates and as her coach the entire year in practice.”
After Sehring hit a free throw with 1:45 left, OHS closed to two points on a 16-foot jumper from the left wing by Brieanna Baker with 1:10 left. Ruff then forced a steal at midcourt and went in for a tying layup with 58 seconds left.