Junior point guard Mariah Ruff scored nine of her game-high 19 points in the fourth quarter as Oneonta High earned a 50-46 girls basketball victory over Owego in the Pete Hyde Tournanent on Friday at Johnson City Middle School.
The Yellowjackets (7-0, 5-0) avenged a 45-41 loss to the Indians last season. Friday’s game also counted in the Southern Tier Athletic Conference standings.
The matchup also pitted defending sectional champions, with Owego winning the Class A championship and OHS claiming its fourth straight Class B title and fifth sectional crown overall.
“I think we all expected that type of game from them,” OHS coach Matt Miller said. “They ran a diamond-and-one on Mariah and have the same group of kids who returned from the team that beat us last year.”
Ruff made three baskets, but went 11-for-12 from the free throw line, including 7-for-8 in the fourth quarter. Miller also said Minnie Webster (10 points) turned a steal into a basket in the fourth quarter that gave OHS a two-possession lead.
“Mariah did a real good controlling tempo, changing speeds and her shot selection was much better,” Miller said. “One of the things we’ve talked about is getting to the line more. She penetrated more and didn’t settle for jumpers.”
Miller said Ruff went down a left knee injury and missed about five minutes of the first quarter.
“She came back in and finished the game for us,” Miller said. “She has swelling in the knee, but she’s a tough nut.”
Webster, who has been battling shin splits and sore back, played all 32 minutes. She hit a pair of three-pointers.
“She played really well for us,” Miller said. “She’s still nowhere near healthy. If we can get her healthy, she’s the second-best scorer we have.”