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February 4, 2013

SK girls on top of Mountain

Staff Report

South Kortright’s girls just wanted to be sure.

Kayla Craft scored a game-high 24 points Saturday for the undefeated Rams, who hit 11 three-point field goals against visiting Downsville for a 67-26 basketball victory that clinched the Delaware League’s Delaware Mountain Division title.

“I’m pleased with the way the girls played defensively,” said Josh Burroughs, the coach of the state’s top-ranked team in Class D. “We had energy and made it hard for them to score.”

Craft also had seven rebounds and five steals for South Kortright, which received 18 points apiece from Tori Rockefeller (five assists) and Miquela Hanselman (13 rebounds).

Rockefeller and Hanselman sank four three-pointers apiece and Craft had three for the Rams (15-0, 13-0), who won their sixth straight division crown.

Kaileen Townsend had 15 points – including three threes – for the Eagles, who trailed, 44-11, at halftime.

Two-time defending Section Four Class D champion South Kortright, which has won the last three Delaware League crossovers, host Andes on Tuesday.

Oneonta 45, Troy 35

Mariah Ruff scored a game-high 21 points as Oneonta completed a season sweep of Class A Troy with a non-conference win Saturday.

“She did a little bit of everything for us,” OHS coach Matt Miller said of Ruff, who also had eight rebounds and five assists.” “The kid they had guard her, Mary Pattison, what a fantastic athlete. She really made Mariah work, but Mariah played well against her pressure.”

The Yellowjackets (14-1), who are ranked third in the state in Class B, also got 12 points from Hayley Dower.

“She did not miss a shot the whole game for us,” Miller said of Dower, who went 3-for-3 from the field and 4-for-4 at the foul line. “Mariah played exceptionally well, but the cool thing about this win was four kids scored in the fourth quarter that were must-make baskets. It was nice to see we didn’t need Mariah to score in the fourth quarter to win.”

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