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December 8, 2013

Oneonta girls win another title

ONEONTA — A total of 21 days separates two championships for Oneonta High.

Mariah Ruff was a big part of this one, too.

Ruff finished with game-highs of 25 points, nine assists and seven steals Sunday, leading host OHS to a 55-46 girls basketball victory over Cicero-North Syracuse in the championship game of the Anthony C. Drago Tournament.

“I can’t ask for anything better,” said tournament MVP Ruff, who helped OHS to its first girls soccer state title Nov. 17.

Actually, things got a lot better for Ruff on Sunday night as the New York State Sports Writers and Coaches Organization for Girls Sports rewarded her for that 2-1 girls soccer victory over Marcellus with a share of the Class B Player of the Year Award.

The NYSSCOGS, in conjunction with the New York State Sports Writers Association, also bestowed the Class B Player of the Year honor on junior teammate Taryn More and selected Jerry Mackey as the Class B Coach of the Year. Additionally, Madison Miller (Second Team), Taylor Hitchcock (Third Team) and Meg Burns (Fifth Team) made the Class B all-state teams for girls soccer.

Make no mistake, though, senior guard Ruff is all basketball these days.

Ruff, who will play Division I basketball next season at St. Bonaventure, scored 25 points for the second straight day in leading OHS to the Drago title. On Saturday, her game-high 25 points paced the Yellowjackets (3-0) to a 59-53 first-round victory over Southern Tier Athletic Conference rival Owego.

She hit 25 again Sunday, capping her performance with a 6-for-6 effort at the foul line inside the last minute. Elizabeth Miles’ two-pointer with 55 seconds left pulled C-NS to 49-46, but Ruff made three sets of foul shots thereafter to secure the victory.

Ruff, who scored 30 points in Oneonta’s season opener, finished 10-for-10 in free throws and hit five three-point field goals.

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