Caryn Balnis had a 300 game and a potential division title for Oneonta High’s girls in her sights, but a stubborn 7-pin ruined everything.
Balnis strung nine straight strikes to start her final game.
“And there wasn’t a lucky shot in there,” OHS bowling coach Pat Muller said. “The first nine were all packed and the 10th was packed, too. It was painful to watch.”
In the 10th frame, Balnis left the 7-pin and then missed the spare for a 267 game.
The Yellowjackets wound up losing, 4-1, to Chenango Valley in a Southern Tier Athletic Conference match. The win all but clinched the East Division title for the Warriors.
But Muller explained that if Balnis had struck twice in the final frame, it would have given OHS a 4-1 victory and the Yellowjackets would have won the division.
“We needed to win the third game by 13 pins and we lost by six pins,” Muller said.
Balnis also had a team-high 573 series. Cami Cleaveland and Emily Loucks rolled 191 games for the Yellowjackets, who received a 190 game from Abigail Loucks.
Corrine Muccio had a 192 game and a 579 series for CV.
OHS’ boys lost, 5-0. Mike Moran led the Yellowjackets with a 621 series that included games of 215 and 212.
UV 48, B-G 39
Unadilla Valley converted 11 of its 12 free throw attempts in the fourth quarter, with Jordan Anderson’s 7-for-8 effort leading the way, and remained unbeaten in Midstate Athletic Conference play.
Anderson finished with a game-high 16 points.
Bainbridge-Guilford received 10 points from Morgan Bullis during a 16-9 third-quarter run. The Bobcats tied the score in the third quarter, but UV entered the final period with a 33-31 lead.
“It took us awhile to pull away,” UV coach Brandi Backus said.
Bullis finished with 13 points and Abbey Smith had 10 for B-G.
Amanda Off had 13 points for the Storm (12-1, 9-0), who’ll travel to fellow MAC unbeaten Unatego on Friday in a game that will decide the MAC’s regular season title.
“Size, speed and ballhandling, we’re pretty evenly matched,” Backus said. “We’re saving the biggest game of the year for the last one.”
Sidney 55, Oxford 42
Bethany Karl scored her varsity high fo 18 points, and Brianna McClennon and Kelsey Decker contributed 14 and 12 points, respectively, as Sidney won on the road in the Midstate Athletic Conference.
“It’s the first time we’ve had that all year,” Sidney coach Brad Aldridge said of having three players score in double figures.
Karl scored 13 points in the first half as Sidney took a 28-19 lead.
“Several came off of steals,” Aldridge said of Karl’s production. “She had three steals at the top of our press and the others were mostly short, mid-range jumpers.”
After Oxford pulled three points after three quarters, Decker went 9-for-10 from the line in the fourth quarter to lead a 20-10 Warriors run.
Sidney (4-10, 4-6) will travel to Harpursville on Friday.
Roxbury 39, Jefferson 26
Half of Shannon Sprague’s 12 points came during a 13-6 fourth-quarter run that lifted host Roxbury to a Delaware League victory.
Kennedy Faraci scored a game-high 13 points for the Rockets (8-6, 7-5), who will play at Andes on Friday.
Elissa Starheim had eight points to lead Jefferson.
Morris 45, G-MU 34
Respective 13-, 12- and 10-point nights from Kelsea Webster, Haley Wist and McKenna Hungerford led host Morris to a Tri-Valley League victory.
Webster had six rebounds for the Mustangs (11-2, 9-1), who will travel to Franklin on Friday in a key West Division game.
Unbeaten Franklin holds a one-game lead in the division and will clinch with a victory. Morris would force a tiebreaker with a victory.
Mackenzie Talbot had a game-high 16 points for Gilbertsville-Mount Upton.
Schenevus 51, Milford 34
Taylor Spranger scored six of her game-high 16 points during a 15-3 fourth-quarter run that lifted visiting Schenevus to a Tri-Valley League victory.
“We couldn’t make a shot,” Milford coach Jim Weir said of the fourth quarter.
Sarah Mellor contributed four of her 14 points in the final quarter for the Dragons (8-3), who improved to 8-2 in league play.
Addy Lawson had 11 points for Milford (8-5, 6-4), which will travel to Cherry Valley-Springfield on Tuesday.
Gilboa 44, Andes 24
Brooke Koerner had 12 points and 12 rebounds for host Gilboa, which pulled away in the second half en route to a Delaware League victory.
The Wildcats (8-6, 6-5) outscored Andes, 27-10, after halftime, including 11-3 in the third quarter. Koerner had six points in the third quarter.
Sara Coons and Makayla Foster had 14 and 10 points, respectively, for Gilboa, which will host South Kortright on Friday.
Shianne Coss had nine points for the Mountaineers.
Harpursville 64, Hancock 35
Fourteen of Miranda Drummond’s game-high 20 points came as Harpursville took a 18-2 lead and went on to a Midstate Athletic Conference victory.
Savannah Murray contributed 18 points for the Hornets (12-2), who can clinch the third seed for MAC tournament with at Sidney on Friday.
H-T 39, Margaretville 35
Annette Hogan attempt at a tying basket with 3 seconds left hit both sides of the rim and fell out, allowing Hunter-Tannersville to escape with a Delaware League victory.
Hogan finished with a team-high 13 points and teammate Tess Svoboda had 10 points.
Sarah Murin led H-T with a game-high 16 points. Taylor Dart and Taylor Firmalino each contributed eight points for the Wildcats.
Margaretville (6-8, 5-6) will travel to Windham on Friday.
Walton 36, Deposit 35
Mikaelan Cucciarre-Stuligross scored the go-ahead basket with less than a minute left as Walton edged visiting Deposit in the Midstate Athletic Conference.
Cucciarre-Stuligross’ short runner along the baseline capped her seven-point night, wich included four steals and four assists. Lacey Speidell scored all nine of her points on a varsity-best three three-pointers for the Warriors (3-11, 1-9), who received a varsity-high eight points from fellow sophomore Janine Velardi.
Lakeisha Allen’s seven points paced the Lumberjacks (1-9 MAC), who got five steals from Haley Linkroum.
Walton is at Hancock on Friday.
Greene 52, Delhi 31
Kaitlin Haynes scored 11 points, but host Delhi lost in the MAC.
Haynes hit 7 of 10 free throws for the Bulldogs (1-14), who faced a 27-13 deficit at halftime.
Rebecca Smith’s game-high 15 points paced the Trojans, who received 13 from Kaitlyn Gorton and 12 from Jessica David.
Delhi visits Bainbridge-Guilford on Friday.
Davenport 51, Windham 15
Jenna Lutz had 13 points and 11 rebounds to lead Davenport to a home win in the Delaware League as Ray Preston earned his 614th coaching victory. Preston is five wins shy of tying retired Red Hook coach John Kuhn’s state record for all-time victories. Kuhn retired in 2010.
Sam Maidens scored eight of her 12 points in the first quarter, which ended with the Wildcats ahead, 26-0.
“We had a great start,” said Preston, whose team improved to 10-2 overall and 8-2 in the DL. “We made 11 baskets, had eight assists and seven people scored. I thought it was great team ball.”
Davenport, which played without the injured Sarah Haight (ankle), visits Stamford on Friday.
Franklin 62, Edmeston 32
Jordan Beers sank seven three-pointers en route to a game-high 29 points as unbeaten Franklin cruised to a Tri-Valley League win on the road.
Beers also had 12 assists and 10 rebounds for the Purple Devils (12-0, 10-0), who received 16 rebounds and 15 points from Marisa Cawley.
“You can’t just focus on Jordan because you have Cawley to deal with,” said Edmeston coach Russell McCall, whose team trailed, 33-11, at halftime. “We tried to keep Jordan at her 25-point average, but they shot well tonight and didn’t miss a whole lot.”
Savanna Fistrowicz’s nine points paced Edmeston, which hosts Morris on Tuesday.
Worcester 50, RS 25
Cassie Sklenka’s game-high 12 points included the Wolverines’ first three-pointer of the season as Worcester cruised to a Tri-Valley League win at home.
“She was open, so she shot it,” said Worcester coach Corey Pier, who added his team has probably attempted 10 or fewer threes this season. “She’s got the green light.”
The Wolverines (7-5, 5-5) pulled away with an 18-2 fourth quarter that included an 8-for-14 effort from the foul line. Sklenka’s three came in the third quarter, when Worcester outscored the Indians, 15-10, to take a 32-23 lead.
Kaity Richvalsky scored seven points to pace Richfield Springs.
Jillian Perillo grabbed a team-best six rebounds for Worcester, which visits Schenevus on Friday.
Downsville at SK
South Kortright coach Josh Burroughs said high winds forced the postponement of Wednesday’s Delaware League game between his unbeaten Rams and visiting Downsville. Burroughs said the game will be made up Saturday at a time to be determined.
Cooperstown 57 Mount Markham 51
Ethan Bliss and Park Summers hit three-pointers late in the fourth quarter to help visiting Cooperstown pull away for Center State Conference victory.
Bliss finished with a game-high 17 points. Teammate Jordan Manikas contributed 13 for the Redskins, who outscored Mount Markham, 22-16, over the final eight minutes.
“(It was a) back and forth, two-point game all the way to a minute and a half (left),” Cooperstown coach Dave Bertram said.
Sawyer Haney and Nico Knull had 10 and nine points, respectively, for Cooperstown, which will play Friday at Hamilton.
Deposit 63 Walton 47
Matt Mills scored a game-high 28 points for Deposit, which won in the Midstate Athletic Conference.
Jason Spry contributed 11 points for the winners.
For Walton, Eric Zimmerman scored 19 points and Colin Adam had 12. Dalton Kaminsky had 11 rebounds and six assists for Walton (4-11, 4-6), which will travel to Hancock on Friday.
Cooperstown loses twice
Host Cooperstown lost a Center State Conference match to Mount Markham, 41-36, and fell in a non-league match to Unatego, 59-30, on Tuesday.
Kevin Segit earned a pair of pins for the Redskins. He stopped Mount Markham’s Glenn Murray in 22 seconds at 195 pounds. He then pinned Unatego’s Bradey Been in 3:20 at 220.
Unatego received pins from Hunter Howard (126), Troy Jones (145), Codie Nichols (160) and Ryan Marszal (182).
The Redskins will compete in the Section Three Class D meet at 10 a.m. Saturday at Sandy Creek.