Mariah Ruff showed Friday that in addition to being a standout basketball player, she’s a quick healer as well.
The reigning Daily Star Player of the Year scored a game-high 13 points in leading Oneonta High’s girls to a 46-27 Southern Tier Athletic Conference basketball victory over visiting Norwich.
OHS coach Matt Miller said Wednesday after the Yellowjackets’ 52-41 victory at Windsor _ a game Ruff missed with a sprained right thumb _ that he didn’t expect his point guard to be back until next week.
“She originally wasn’t supposed to be cleared to play until next Friday,” Miller said. “The doctor was surprised she healed so fast. She said she felt really good. She had complete range of motion. She went in today and got cleared.”
Ruff scored nine points in the first half in helping the Yellowjackets to a 25-13 halftime lead.
Ruff’s backcourt mate, Dani Nicosia, contributed nine points and five assists.
“She was running the floor and did a great job all around,” Miller said of Nicosia. “She was attacking the basket. She was beating her defender and drawing defenders. She played great for us.”
Miller also singled out the efforts of Sierra Sangetti-Daniels, who scored eight points on 4-for-5 shooting from the floor and grabbed nine rebounds.
Hayley Dower hit a pair of three-pointers for the Jackets (3-0, 2-0), who’ll travel to Chenango Valley on Friday.
Unatego 60, Oxford 19
A Unatego squad that returned five starters from last season’s team that advanced to the second round of the Section Four Class C tournament opened its season with a convincing home victory in the Midstate Athletic Conference.
Senior Casey Manzarero scored seven of her game-high 16 points in the opening quarter when the Spartans took a 17-2 lead.
Marissa Woodard, the lone underclassman in Unatego’s starting five, contributed 14 points, and Robin Foster and Cassidy Newman had 11 points apiece.
“I thought the kids did a really nice job of sharing the ball,” Unatego coach Greg Bonczkowski said. “There were nice passes by a number of individuals. We did a nice job of executing our zone offense and we got up and down the floor in transition.”
The Spartans figure to be tested Monday when they face Section Three power Cooperstown at home.
Cooperstown 47, Mohawk 22
Summer Murdock scored 11 points, including three three-pointers in the first half, and Nicole Cring had a game-high 17 points to lead visiting Cooperstown to a non-league victory in a matchup of Center State Conference teams.
Cring also had eight rebounds and three blocks.
The Redskins (2-0) visit Unatego on Monday.
“Monday will be a good early-season test for us,” Cooperstown coach Mike Niles said.
SK 51, Roxbury 36
Miquela Hanselman scored a game-high 19 points, including six free throws in the fourth quarter, to help visiting South Kortright to a Delaware League victory.
Hanselman’s night included a difficult three-pointer just before the halftime buzzer that gave the Rams a 23-16 lead heading into intermission.
“It was a great game,” Roxbury coach Lisa Faraci said. “It was a closer game that the score indicates. It was back-and-forth between six and eight points and not much more than that until the last minute.”
Kayla Craft had 14 points for the Rams, who have won the last two Section Four Class D titles. Teammates Tori Rockefeller and Sam Acuna contributed eight points apiece.
Kennedy Faraci had 14 points to lead the Rockets (1-2). Samantha Sprage, Allyce McIntosh and Kendall Sprague contributed six points each for Roxbury, which will travel to Jefferson on Tuesday.
Stamford 48, Windham 26
Cassie Ehrhart scored 14 of her game-high 17 points in the first half helping the host Indians an 18-point halftime lead and Stamford went on to a Delaware League victory.
Ehrhart also grabbed 19 rebounds. Teammate Kim Feer contributed 13 points for Stamford (2-1, 2-1), which will travel to Davenport on Tuesday.
Keily Linger had 12 points to lead Windham.
H-T 54, Gilboa 32
Taylor Dart’s game-high 22 points included four three-pointers in leading Hunter-Tannersville to a first-round victory in the Margaretville Booster Club Tournament.
Dart had 14 points in the opening half as H-T opened a 28-14 lead. Taylor Firmalino and Sarah Murin had 15 and 10 points, respectively, for H-T, which will play the host school in the tournament final at 4 p.m. Saturday.
Brooke Koerner had 19 points to lead Gilboa. Koerner also had 10 rebounds, as did teammate Sara Coons.
Gilboa (3-1) will play Andes in the consolation game at 2:30 p.m. Saturday.
Margaretville 43, Andes 32
Sami Hunt and Tess Svoboda scored 12 points apiece, and Annette Hogan contributed 11 as the host school advanced to the final of the Margaretville Booster Club Tournament.
Hunt also had 14 rebounds and Hogan finished with six assists for the Blue Devils, who extended a seven-point halftime lead to 33-18 with a 10-2 run in the third quarter.
Margaretville (1-2) will play Hunter-Tannersville at 4 p.m. Saturday in the final.
Andes, which received 12 points from Shianne Coss, will play Gilboa in the consolation at 2:30 p.m. Saturday.
Afton 34, Hancock 31
Peyton Cutting had a double-double as Afton won at home in its Midstate Athletic Conference opener.
The junior forward had 16 points and 14 rebounds.
“She’s an experienced junior,” Afton coach John Simonds said. “She’s been playing on varsity since eighth grade so she’s kind of like a senior for us, just not by grade. She really had a good rebounding game.”
Shakari Coss contributed 15 points, including three three-pointers.
“I think she had more three-pointers tonight than we have had as a team in two years,” Simonds said.
Caitlin Wormuth led Hancock with 13 points.
Afton (2-1, 1-0) plays at Cincinnatus on Monday.
CV-S 38, Edmeston 31
Kylie Graham had seven of her game high 15 points in the fourth quarter as Cherry Valley-Springfield won in the first round of the Richfield Springs Tournament.
“We finally came to play in the fourth quarter,” CV-S coach Tim Dubben said. “I got a good group in there and they started playing well. We played good defense, got good pressure on ball and took them out of it.”
Lauren Loucks had eight points for CV-S (1-2), which plays Richfield in the championship game today.
Sydney Smith had 10 points to lead Edmeston, which plays Sharon Springs in the consolation game today.
Unadilla Valley 54, Hamilton 34
Taylor Davis scored 19 points to lead Unadilla Valley to a win in the first round of the Sherburne-Earlville Tournament.
Jordan Anderson scored 13 points and Hannah Lazarus contributed added 10 for UV.
Lauren Weeks scored 13 points to lead Hamilton.
UV (1-0) will play Sherburne-Earlville in the championship game at 6 p.m. Saturday. Hamilton will oppose Bainbridge-Guilford in the consolation game at 4 p.m.