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March 6, 2013

OHS' Ruff, Utica ND's Durr to reacquaint Saturday

ONEONTA _ One might imagine there were a few OMGs, perhaps some :)s and maybe even an LOL or two.

After all, it was a couple of high school juniors typing with their thumbs after leading their respective basketball teams to Class B sectional titles last week.

“We’ve been texting,” Oneonta High’s Mariah Ruff said Tuesday at Drago Gymnasium when asked if she’s been communicating with Utica Notre Dame standout Emily Durr. “After the last game, we were talking about basketball. She was one of my best friends on the team.

“Emily and I were talking this summer, saying how cool it would be if we played each other and now it’s happening,” she continued.

You see, not only are Ruff and Durr two of the best players in the state, they also were teammates on an elite AAU basketball team this past summer. Oh, and they both made Second Team all-state last season, and barring something weird, both figure to be First Team all-state selections following this season.

It’s also highly likely that neither will have to worry about paying for their college tuition. Both have numerous Division I colleges seeking their talents.

As fate would have it, they have something else in common. Each will lead their teams in a Class B state quarterfinal at 4:30 p.m. Saturday at Onondaga Community College.

Durr had 15 points, 10 rebounds and five assists to help UND (17-5) to a 54-45 overtime victory over South Jefferson in the Section Three Class B final Thursday.

Two days later, Ruff had a game-high 14 points in the 19-1 Yellowjackets’ 41-33 triumph over Seton Catholic Central in the Section Four final.

They played together over the summer on the Albany City Rocks AAU squad, traveling to Orlando, Nashville, Tenn., and New Orleans, and faced some of the top players in the country.

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