The Daily Star
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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.”
All four of Dower’s free throws came in the final period, a 14-10 quarter in favor of the Yellowjackets that featured a three-pointer from Minnie Webster and a driving layup by Kelsey Baker.
OHS, which opened the season with a home victory over Troy (11-4), plays a Southern Tier Athletic Conference game Friday at Chenango Forks.
Unatego 54, Deposit 20
Casey Manzanero had 15 points and Michaela Reynolds contributed 11 to lead visiting Unatego to a Midstate Athletic Conference victory in its regular-season finale Saturday.
The Spartans (13-3, 10-1) took a 29-9 lead into halftime after outscoring Deposit, 17-3, in the second quarter.
Unatego is the No. 2 seed for the MAC 1-4 Tournament and will host a semifinal against third-seeded Harpursville on Thursday, when top-seeded Unadilla Valley hosts No. 4 Bainbridge-Guilford. Harpursville has won the last four MAC titles.
Roxbury 44, Andes 27
Allyce McIntosh had 16 points and Kennedy Faraci contributed 12 to lead visiting Roxbury to a Delaware League victory Friday.
Shianne Coss had 12 points and Jade Litaker finished with 14 rebounds for Andes, which will host Windham on Monday.
Jefferson 52, Downsville 43
Elissa Starheim’s triple-double offset Kaileen Townsend’s game-high 24 points as host Downsville (6-6) won in the Delaware League on Friday.
Starheim finished with 15 points, 12 rebounds and 14 blocks for the J-Hawks.
Cooperstown 39, Sauquoit 37
Ethan Bliss scored 10 points, including two three-pointers, to lead host Cooperstown to a Center State Conference victory at home Saturday.
Park Summers contributed nine points for the Redskins, who earned the victory with a 15-7 advantage in the fourth quarter.
The Redskins host Morrisville-Eaton tonight.
Cooperstown junior Aaron Idelson broke a school record on the 1-meter board Saturday during the Syracuse Diving Invitational at Nottingham High.
Idelson completed 11 dives with a score of 317.55, beating the Redskins record of 309.95 set by Gregg Lot in 2000. Idelson competed against Class A and B athletes and placed ninth in the field of 17.
Idelson will compete in the Section Three Class C Diving Championships this Saturday at Mexico. The rest of the Redskins will visit New Hartford on Feb. 14 for the Section Three Class C Swimming Championships.
Cooperstown coach Cheryl Rock said the top 24 swimmers and the top 12 divers will advance to the Section Three State Qualifiers on Feb. 16 at Hamilton College.
Section Four Meet
Aidan Cohane swept the slalom and giant slalom races Friday, leading Windham to team victories in both during a Section Four Meet at Windham Mountain.
Windham’s girls also won both team titles behind first-place finishes by Lucy Davis in the slalom and Mattie Seamans in the giant slalom.
Hunter Mountain will host the next Section Four Meet on Tuesday. The regular season ends this Friday at Plattekill. The sectional championships are scheduled for Feb. 12.
Section Four A-B
Oneonta High set three indoor school records Friday during the Section Four Class A-B Championships at Cornell University.
Cameron Hazard, Ben Gollin, Mat Robinson and Scott Conrade crossed in 3 minutes, 41.98 seconds to finish fourth in the boys 1,600-meter relay.
The Yellowjackets girls got a second in the same event from Marly Davies, Alexandra Sakoulas, Mary Buzzanca and Missy Emilio, who finished in 4:21.60. Eight-grader Davies ran the lead leg in place of Shelby Cleaveland, who pulled a hamstring at the end of the 55 earlier in the meet.
Both times marked OHS records, as did Jen Jelic’s third-place time of 9.24 in the girls 55 hurdles. Brittney Herrick cleared 5 feet to tie for second in the high jump for OHS, which placed sixth out of 10 teams with 29 points. Elmira District won the team title with 132.33 points.
Ben Gollin and John Gell paced the boys with seconds in the 1,600 (4:35.10) and pole vault (11-0), respectively. OHS placed sixth with 31 points in the 11-team championships, which were won by Corning (129 points).
The Jackets will compete in the Section Four State Qualifiers on Feb. 23 at Cornell University. The top two finishers in each non-relay event will qualify for states, along with those who have already met the state standards and place third Feb. 23. Only the winning team in each relay will qualify for states.
Section Four C-D
Eddie Cotton and Collin Brandl won Section Four Class C-D boys championships, as did Julia Knapp and Samantha Mullineaux on Friday at Cornell.
Gilbertsville-Mount Upton’s Cotton won the 55 in 6.89 seconds and placed second in the long jump, at 19-10.25. Brandl won the shot put at 45-1 for Sidney, which got a second from Aaron McCarroll, Ethan Green, Dean Howard and Nate Magnussen in the 800 relay (1:38.36). Brandl edged Bainbridge-Guilford/Afton’s Pedro Aparicio by .75 inches for first in the shot put.
Knapp gave B-G/A a win in the 55 hurdles (8.74) and a second in the long jump (16-8.75). She also anchored the Bears 1,600 relay team to a runner-up finish in 4:32.66.
Mullineaux won the shot put at 31-2.5, 1-2.5 ahead of Sidney teammate Cindy Kaptan. The Warriors also received a second from Rachel Gibbs in the 3,000 (12:14.33).