Oneonta High really couldn’t have asked for anything more.
Senior guard Mariah Ruff made two free throws with 5 seconds left Wednesday, scoring the final points in Oneonta High’s 53-51 girls basketball victory over visiting Southern Tier Athletic Conference rival Chenango Valley.
“We had possession for the last shot and we were going to hold the ball and set a screen for her with about 5 seconds left,” OHS coach Matt Miller said of St. Bonaventure-bound Ruff, who hit four three-pointers and finished with a varsity-high 34 points. “They were playing back a little, but their coach said to get up on her and they reached in. I was surprised (the referees) called it. It was a foul, but Mariah didn’t lose possession.”
Ruff kept her cool, too, sinking both ends of a 1-and-1 free throw opportunity to secure the victory for the defending Section Four Class B and STAC champion Yellowjackets (4-0, 3-0).
“She struggled at the line,” Miller said of Ruff, who made 6 of 13 foul shots. “Before those two, she had missed six in a row. I give her a lot of credit for stepping up to the line and making them when it mattered most.”
Miller added that the Warriors got a shot off before the buzzer from inside the three-point arc, but it fell short of the rim.
Maria DiMartin contributed seven points and Meg Burns grabbed a team-best eight rebounds for OHS, which took a 21-15 lead into halftime.
Hannah Elliott’s 17 points paced Chenango Valley, which received 16 points from Maddie Staiger.
Oneonta will compete in the Albany High Tournament this weekend. The Jackets open against St. Lawrence -- a team from Quebec, Canada -- at 3:30 p.m. Saturday. The consolation and championship games are slated for 2:30 and 4 p.m., respectively, on Sunday.
Delhi 55, Walton 19