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February 18, 2013

Yellowjackets are STAC champions

Ruff, Webster key 57-56 victory in OT

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That’s about the time Schiefen — Horseheads’ silky-smooth left-hander — started to assert herself.

She cut the Blue Raiders’ deficit to six on a shot in the lane to make it a six-point spread heading into the fourth quarter.

Schiefen, a sophomore who figures to be one of Section Four’s best over the next couple of seasons, scored nine of her team-high 20 points in the fourth quarter. Almost all of it came off of back-to-the-basket post moves, and some of her makes were over the hands of Vanderlaan-Meyering.

Webster made a key defensive play with two minutes left, stealing a pass from the top of Oneonta’s zone before finding Ruff for a transition layup that gave OHS a 52-48 lead.

But Schiefen scored inside 12 seconds later.

It was 52-50 when Yellowjackets senior Hayley Dower went to the line for a 1-and-1 with 8.4 seconds left. Dower missed the front end, but OHS still had two fouls to give.

After Dower and Ruff committed fouls, Horseheads inbounded in front of its bench with 2.5 seconds remaining. Schiefen got excellent position along the left block, received the inbounds pass and hit a 6-footer along the baseline with 0.3 seconds left to force overtime.

“It was certainly exciting, but to be honest, if every game was like this I don’t think I could coach long term,” Miller said. “I had butterflies in overtime. I felt like I was going to throw up; my head was pounding. I don’t know if I could handle it every single game if they were all like that.”

Twenty-four seconds into overtime, Horseheads took its first lead since the first quarter when Erin Strollo made a fastbreak layup. She was fouled by Dower but missed the free throw.

Dower, who finished with seven points, seven assists and six steals, then tied it at 54 on two free throws with 2:16 to go.

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