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December 12, 2013

Ruff scores 34 as Jackets edge CV

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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

Allyce McIntosh’s game-high 16 points led Delhi to a MAC win at home.

Allison Hannigan contributed 10 points and seven rebounds for the Bulldogs (2-2, 1-1), who jumped to a 24-4 lead after one quarter.

“We came out strong in the first quarter,” Delhi coach Todd Bruce said. “We ran a few different looks at them and tried to put our press on early. It was an entire team contribution.”

Kelsey Smith’s seven points paced Walton, which trailed, 33-7, at halftime.

Delhi hosts Afton on Tuesday.

Sidney 52, Greene 40

Kelsey Decker shared game-high scoring honors with 14 points to lead host Sidney to a Midstate Athletic Conference victory.

The Trojans held a 27-23 halftime lead, but the Warriors used a 10-2 run in the third quarter to take command.

‘‘We switched from a man defense in the first half to a zone in the second half,’’ Sidney coach Brad Aldrich said.

Jolene Krom contributed 11 points for Sidney (1-2, 1-0), which visits Chenango Valley on Friday for a non-league game.

Jess David paced Greene with 14 points.

Schenevus 58, Milford 46

Sierra Bentley scored 17 points and Sarah Mellor had 15 to lead a balanced attack for unbeaten Schenevus, which won a Tri-Valley League game at home.

Ceara Marlow scored 12 of her 14 points in the first half for the Dragons, who took a 32-17 lead into halftime. Marlow also grabbed 13 rebounds for Schenevus (4-0, 2-0), which hosts Cherry Valley-Springfield on Friday.

Addy Lawson’s game-high 19 points paced the Wildcats.

Morris 67, Edmeston 24

Haley Wist scored 12 of her game-high 16 points in the first half, leading host Morris to a Tri-Valley League victory.

McKenna Hungerford finished with 11 points, 12 rebounds and four steals for the Mustangs (3-0, 1-0), who received 11 points from Lexi Bookhout and 10 points and six steals from Alexis Forgit.

Catherine Johnson’s six points paced the Panthers, who trailed, 39-14, at halftime.

Morris hosts Gilbertsville-Mount Upton on Friday.

Franklin 52, Laurens 35

Jordan Beers scored a game-high 28 points to lead visiting Franklin to a Tri-Valley League victory.

Beers had 16 points in the second quarter, when the defending Section Four Class D and Tri-Valley League champion Purple Devils outscored the Leopards, 22-4.

‘‘We did a good job except for the second quarter,’’ Laurens coach Dean Marble said.

Marisa Cawley contributed 14 points for Franklin, which took a 35-16 lead into halftime.

Taylor Kessler had a team-best 23 points for Laurens (2-2, 1-1), which visits Edmeston on Friday.

CV-S 48, Worcester 22

Lauren Loucks scored a game-high 12 points to lead visiting Cherry-Valley Springfield to a Tri-Valley League win.

Olivia Hull had nine of her 11 points in the first quarter as the Patriots opened with a 18-5 run. Maddie Archer contributed 10 points for CV-S.

Gabby Travis’ six points paced Worcester (2-1, 0-1), which visits Richfield Springs on Friday.

SK 60, Roxbury 28

Tori Rockefeller scored a game-best 16 points to lead host South Kortright to a Delaware League win.

Nine of Kayla Warycha’s 10 points came in the first quarter, which ended with the Rams ahead, 20-4.

Lexi DuBois contributed 10 points and 10 rebounds for the reigning Delaware League champion Rams (6-0, 4-0), who received eight points and seven steals from Brianna Laing.

“Overall, it was a good team game,” SK coach Josh Burroughs said. “The girls are seeing each other. It’s fun to watch.”

Jade Meehan and Stacey Sprague scored eight points apiece for the Rockets, who trailed, 30-10, at halftime.

SK hosts Downsville on Friday.

Davenport 50, H-T 28

Sarah Haight finished with a game-high 21 points, six assists and six steals to lead host Davenport to a Delaware League win.

Haight had 14 points in the second half for Davenport, which received points from seven players during a 33-17 run to close the game.

Jenna Lutz contributed 12 points and a team-best 11 rebounds for Davenport (2-2, 2-1), which travels to Roxbury on Tuesday.

Sam Dibbell scored a team-high 10 points for Hunter-Tannersville.

Jefferson 36, Andes 20

Shiann Bellinger finished with 13 points and six steals to lead Jefferson to a Delaware League win at home.

Emily Wenner contributed five steals for the J-Hawks (2-3, 2-3), who took a 21-2 lead into halftime.

Cheyenne Weaver’s eight points paced the Mountaineers.

Jefferson is at Roxbury on Friday.

Downsville 44, Gilboa 38

Kaileen Townsend scored 18 points and Leigha LaTourette had 13 as host Downsville earned a victory in the Delaware League.

LaTourette hit all three of her three-pointers in the third quarter, when the Eagles erased a 17-15 halftime deficit with a 12-8 advantage in the period. Townsend followed with two threes in the fourth quarter and Morgan Edelglass hit another as Downsville pulled away with a 17-13 edge in the final period.

Kendall Thorington’s 12 points paced the Wildcats.

Downsville (2-1, 1-0) visits South Kortright on Friday.

Stamford 49, Windham 9

Kimi Freer scored a game-high 15 points to lead visiting Stamford to a Delaware League victory.

Nora Hager contributed 11 points for the Indians, who took a 25-4 lead into halftime.

Windham (0-5) visits Jefferson on Monday.