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March 12, 2013

Shooting keys Jackets' postseason run

When covering a team game after game in the postseason, sometimes I’ll miss an obvious trait.

As it applies to this year’s version of the Oneonta High girls basketball team my biggest swing and a miss thus far has been failing to highlight how well this squad shoots it.

In the five games I’ve seen _ against an Maine-Endwell squad that advanced to the Class A state semifinals this past weekend, a Horseheads team that won the Section Four Class AA championship, an unbeaten Waverly team that won the Interscholastic Athletic Conference title, a Seton Catholic Central team that advanced to the Section Four Class B final and Section Three winner Utica Notre Dame on Saturday _ the Yellowjackets have hit 28 three-pointers.

Guards Mariah Ruff, Hayley Dower and Minnie Webster have combined to hit 93 of the 95 threes OHS has made this season. Ruff has 40, Dower’s at 31 and Webster’s hit 22.

“We have great shooters on this team,” said Ruff, who hit five of Oneonta’s eight threes in a 57-52 win over UND in a Class B state quarterfinal Saturday at Onondaga Community College. “When one of us isn’t hot, the other ones are. We just did a great job shooting the ball.”

And the threes have been vital for the Yellowjackets.

Dower hit four of her five threes in the first half against M-E to keep the Yellowjackets close in a Southern Tier Athletic Conference semifinal. Then OHS pulled away after halftime for a 50-34 victory.

Against Horseheads in the STAC final, Webster hit the winning three in overtime as OHS won, 57-56.

Ruff and Dower hit two threes apiece in the Yellowjackets’ 60-30 cruise past Waverly.

And the one time OHS looked average during this postseason run came when it hit one three in a 41-33 victory over SCC in the sectional final.

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