The Daily Star
---- — Oneonta High’s girls watched a 17-point fourth-quarter lead shrink to five points before beating host Kingston, 48-41, Saturday in a non-league basketball game.
Senior Mariah Ruff scored a game-high 25 points for the Yellowjackets, who received 10 points from Brittney Herrick.
OHS (10-1) led, 19-9, after one quarter. Ruff had nine points in the first quarter and nine more in the second as the Yellowjackets built a 33-21 lead. Herrick scored all of her points before halftime.
“She really has been playing well,” OHS coach Matt Miller said of Herrick, who also grabbed 12 rebounds. “Mariah’s been a consistent all season as a scorer, but that second scorer has kind of been by committee. The last two games, Brittney has stepped into that role.”
Ruff hit three three-pointers in the first half, three two-pointers and three free throws in the first half.
“As a scorer, she mixed it up,” Miller said of Ruff, who contributed five steals. “Sometimes, she can fall in love with the three-pointer, but she’s making sure the (other team’s) defense works. She’s driving more and because of that, she’s getting to the free throw line more. That’s why her scoring has increased this season – she’s getting more easy baskets from the free throw line and by scoring inside.”
OHS took a 46-29 lead in the fourth quarter before Kingston answered with a 10-1 run.
Miller estimated his team missed 10 layups over the final five minutes, which he said contributed to an “ugly finish.”
Still, Miller said this year’s version of the Yellowjackets might be the best defensive team he’s had in his four years at the helm.
“I’ve been really impressed with this team defensively,” he said. “We have that potential because we’re so athletic to play really good defense. We did that last week against Troy (a 53-42 loss) and we did that against Kingston. If we keep playing defense like we have been, we have a good chance to play with anybody.”
Erica Prindle had 10 points for Class AA Kingston.
Madison Miller finished with eight rebounds and five steals for the Yellowjackets (10-1), who’ll host Norwich on Wednesday in a key Southern Tier Athletic Conference game.
OHS beat the Purple Tornado by seven points in the teams’ first meeting this season.
“We have to defend the three-point line,” Miller said of Wednesday’s game. “They have four kids who can hit the three. I think we’re more athletic and with our defense, we can bother them a bit. They’re every bit our equal. I think they’re our toughest Section Four Class B opponent.”
Ruff recently passed Sienna Wisse for second place on OHS’ scoring list. Ruff has scored 1,249 points over four seasons in an OHS uniform. Wisse, Ruff’s former teammate, graduated in 2011 with 1,217 points. Krissy Zeh is the Yellowjackets’ all-time leading scorer with 1,698 points.
Ruff has 1,752 all-time points as a varsity player, including two seasons with Andes.
Wisse is averaging 7.0 points and 3.5 rebounds in her junior season at Messiah College.
Laurens 38, Schenevus 32
Charlotte Lee, Lindsay Laing, Claire Fraser and Taylor Kessler combined to go 10-for-12 from the free throw line in the fourth quarter of Laurens’ Tri-Valley League victory at home.
The Leopards outscored Schenevus, 17-10, over the final eight minutes.
“We went to a man-to-man press about three minutes into the quarter and the next thing we knew, we were up nine,” Laurens coach Dean Marble said. “They had a little trouble with it.”
Lee had 10 points, one more than Kessler. Laing contributed five points and 11 rebounds, marking the fourth time in five games she’s grabbed at least 10 rebounds.
As for his team’s defense, Marble said: “We played with a lot of energy. Our defense away from the ball was outstanding. That’s the best defensive game we’ve had this year.”
Laurens (6-7, 4-5) will host Gilbertsville-Mount Upton on Wednesday.
Sarah Mellor had a game-high 14 points to lead Schenevus.
Harpursville 57, UV 39
Breanna Christian scored a team-best nine points Friday, but host Unadilla Valley fell in the Midstate Athletic Conference.
Shelby Medovich had nine of her 16 points in the first quarter as Harpursville opened on a 19-2 run.
Miranda Drummond contributed a game-high 24 points for the Hornets.
Unadilla Valley (6-5, 5-2) will travel to Oxford on Wednesday.
BOYS BASKETBALLLaurens 52, Worcester 33
Jared Conklin scored 10 of his game-high 19 points in the first quarter to help host Laurens to a Tri-Valley League victory.
Conklin, who hit four three-pointers, helped the Leopards to a 12-5 lead after one quarter.
Mitchell Barra then scored seven of his 11 points in the second quarter as Laurens extrended its lead to 26-9.
Edwin Rivera finished with eight points for Laurens (7-5, 5-3), which will play at Gibertsville-Mount Upton on Tuesday.
Tim Mould and Jacob Grover paced Worcester with eight points apiece.
Laurens (7-5, 5-3) will play at G-MU on Tuesday.
Sidney’s Nicholas Jump won the 160-pound championship Saturday during the Marathon Open.
Jump earned the Warriors’ only title with a 19-4 technical fall over Doug Simmons. He helped Sidney to 25.5 points and a 14th-place team finish out of 15 teams.
BGAH 56, Unatego 27
Josh Lindsey (113 pounds) and Austin Carr (132) pinned their respective opponents Friday to help visiting Bainbridge-Guilford/Afton/Harpursville open a Midstate Athletic Conference dual meet with seven straight victories.
Shane Hoover contributed a 3-1 decision at 120 pounds for BGAH, which jumped to a 39-0 lead. Madison Hoover (152, technical fall) and Jamie Griswold (160, pin) also won for BGAH, which took five matches by forfeit.
Lucas DeJoy (145), Nate Wilsey (170), Ryan Marszal (182) and Riley Hanrahan (220) won by pin for the Spartans, who received a 5-1 decision from Marcus Sperry at 195 pounds.
Cooperstown 48, MM 30
Nate Miller’s first-period pin at 126 pounds led Cooperstown to a Center State Conference victory Thursday.
Paul LoRusso (120 pounds) and Dante Poole (195) earned 8-4 and 11-10 decisions, respectively, for the Hawkeyes, who won six matches by forfeit.
BOWLINGat Walton Lanes
J.T. Smith rolled a 213 en route to a 529 for the high series Friday, leading Walton’s boys to a 4-0 sweep of visiting Deposit in the Midstate Athletic Conference.
Julia Steitz paced Walton’s girls in a 4-0 loss with a 526 series that included games of 205 and 193.
Walton hosts Bainbridge-Guilford on Wednesday.