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December 6, 2012

Ruff-less Jackets down Windsor

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Even without junior standout Mariah Ruff, Oneonta High’s girls proved Wednesday they’re still pretty good.

With Ruff nursing a sprained right thumb, the Yellowjackets received 10 points, seven steals, six assists and six rebounds from Maria DiMartin to beat visiting Windsor, 52-41, in a Southern Tier Athletic Conference basketball game.

“Maria DiMartin played her best varsity game for us,” OHS coach Matt Miller said.

Miller said Ruff _ The Daily Star’s reigning Player of the Year and a 1,000-point varsity scorer _ could miss up to two weeks. She injured the thumb during a scrimmage against Cicero North Syracuse on Thursday.

“It definitely gives some others opportunities to step up and assume roles they otherwise wouldn’t have to,” Miller said. “They’ll have a chance to get better and that will make us stronger when (Ruff) comes back.”

The Yellowjackets (2-0, 1-0), who have won a Section Four record five straight sectional titles in girls basketball, took a 33-22 lead into halftime.

DiMartin had eight points in the first half and Kelsey Baker scored seven of her team-high 11 points in the opening half.

The teams played to a 19-all standoff in the second half.

“I was definitely disappointed with our defense tonight,” Miller said. “We primarily play 2-3 zone, but we stayed in our man-to-man all night long. They were in the bonus by the end of the first quarter and the same thing in the second half, they were in bonus seconds into the fourth quarter.

“Hopefully, we’ll play smarter defensively,” he continued. “It was definitely ugly tonight. I told the girls we weren’t going to switch from man to zone. The girls learned on the job tonight, but we have some stuff to clean up before we play Nowich on Friday.”

Erika Corbin had a game-high 19 points for Windsor, including 11-for-16 from the line.

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