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December 29, 2012

OHS girls win battle of sectional champs

The Daily Star

---- — Staff Report

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.”

Natalie Vanderlaan-Meyering contributed eight points, and Kelsey Baker had seven points, 12 rebounds and four blocks for OHS.

Vanderlaan-Meyering, a 6-foot-2 center, helped lead a defense that held Owego’s 6-3 center Rachel Merrill to four points on four free throws.

“Every basket (Vanderlaan-Meyering) scored was with her back to the basket,” Miller said. “She’s getting a lot more aggressive and her drop steps are much more effective. She’s playing with more confidence every game.”

Of Baker’s play, Miller said: “She was the heart of team this evening. She was all energy for us. She was the glue that held us together tonight.”

Jill Silvanic hit five three-pointers and finished with 15 points for Owego.

The Yellowjackets will play Vestal at noon Saturday.

H-P 34, Cooperstown 31

Nicole Cring had 13 points and 14 rebounds, but Cooperstown suffered its first setback of the season with a first-round loss in the Vernon-Verona-Sherrill Tournament.

“All of us were a little off, but Nic played really well,” said Redskins coach Mike Niles, whose 6-1 team held a 26-25 lead at halftime. “They mixed about three defenses (1-3-1, 3-2 and 2-3 zones) pretty well and put good pressure on the ball.”

Lucy Ford scored on a putback with 50 seconds left to give Cooperstown a 31-30 lead. Allyson Freiermuth then put Holland-Patent (4-0) ahead to stay with 34 seconds to go, capping her 15-point outing with a basket off a post move.

After Cooperstown traveled on its next possession, Riley Reinold made two free throws with 2.5 seconds left for the final margin.

Holland-Patent, a Class B team that plays in Division I of the Center State Conference, advanced to the championship game at 7:30 p.m. Saturday.

Cooperstown, a Class C program that competes in Division III of the CSC, will play in the consolation game at 4 p.m. Saturday.

Morris 56, Deposit 23

Haley Wist scored 11 of her game-high 15 points as Morris raced to a 20-point first-quarter lead and won a first-round game in its Joan Martin Tournament.

Wist also had nine rebounds. Kelsea Webster contributed 12 points and McKenna Hungerford had nine for the Mustangs, who improved to 4-0.

Morris will play Edmeston in the final at 6:30 p.m. Saturday.

Edmeston 43, SS 23

Sydney Smith made three three-pointers en route to a game-high 15 points as Edmeston cruised to an opening-round victory in the Joan Martin Tournament at Morris.

Smith scored 10 points in the first half, which ended with Edmeston ahead, 26-8. Savanna Fistrowicz contributed nine points and nine rebounds for the Panthers (3-3), who will play Tri-Valley League rival Morris for the tournament title at 6:30 p.m. Saturday.

Marganne Entiolezo’s 12 points paced Sharon Springs, which will meet Deposit in the consolation game at 5 p.m. Saturday.

Stamford 39, Roxbury 34

Kim Freer had 21 points to lead Stamford to a victory over visiting Roxbury in the first round of the Stamford Tournament.

Cassie Ehrhart contributed 12 rebounds, six steals and five points for the Indians, who advanced to the championship game against Milford at 5:15 p.m. Saturday.

Kennedy Faraci hit four three-pointers and scored a game-high 24 points for Roxbury, which will play Laurens in the consolation game Saturday.

Milford 45, Laurens 20

Following a first quarter in which Milford connected on 2 of 17 shots, the Wildcats outscored Laurens, 29-9, over the middle quarters en route to a first-round victory in the Stamford Tournament.

The game also counted in the Tri-Valley League standings.

Addy Lawson scored five of her game-high 13 points during a 15-4 second quarter that ended with Milford ahead, 19-11.

Peggy Paffenroth had six points and 13 rebounds, and Maddie Zenir contributed nine points and 10 rebounds for the Wildcats (3-2, 2-1), who’ll play the host school or Roxbury

in the title game at

5:15 p.m. Saturday.

Shalyn Tilley had six points to lead Laurens.

Davenport 39, Delhi 15

Emily Whipple scored all but one of her nine points as Davenport went on a 16-4 second-quarter that helped the Wildcats to a first-round victory in its Ray Preston Tournament.

“She came in off the bench and gave us a spark,” Davenport coach and tournament namesake Preston said of Whipple.

Sarah Haight scored a game-high 10 points for Davenport, which received 12 rebounds from Jenna Lutz. Cassie Wubbenhorst contributed seven points and five steals for the Wildcats, who’ll play Schenevus in the title game at 6:30 p.m. Saturday.

“I’ve seen (Schenevus) play a couple of times and they have a lot talent on the floor,” Preston said.

Schenevus 54, Worcester 42

Sierra Bentley scored 18 points and Taylor Spranger contributed 15 points as Schenevus won in the first round of the Ray Preston Tournament at Davenport.

The game also counted in the Tri-Valley Standings.

Cassie Sklenka led Worcester with 12 points.

Schenevus (2-2, 2-1) will play Davenport in the championship at 6:30 p.m. Saturday. Worcester and Delhi will play in the consolation game at 5 p.m.

Afton 37, G-MU 27

Payton Cutting finished with 12 points and 10 rebounds for her sixth double-double of the season as Afton won a first-round game in the Harpursville Tournament.

Kate Werth contributed seven points and hit the only three-point field goal of the game for Afton (5-2), which held an 18-10 lead at halftime.

Lauren Hill’s nine points paced Gilbertsville-Mount Upton, which will face Oxford in the consolation game at 1 p.m. Saturday.

Afton will play Midstate Athletic Conference rival Harpursville for the tournament title at 2:30 p.m. Saturday.

SV 59, Sidney 28

Rileigh Genung and Kelsey Decker scored 10 points each, but Sidney lost to Susquehanna Valley in the first round of the Greene Showcase.

Morgan Finch scored 14 points to lead SV, which outscored the Warriors, 24-10, in the second quarter. Kelsey Dunn scored 12 points, Rose Green had 11 and Caitlyn Knapp contributed 10 for the Sabers.

Sidney will play in the consolation game at 1:45 p.m. Saturday against Cincinnatus or Greene.

UV 69, Hancock 31

Taylor Davis had her season-high of 22 points as the Storm won in the first round of the Unadilla Valley Tournament.

UV’s Jordan Anderson contributed 13 points in a game that also counted in the Midstate Athletic Conference standings.

“We had quite a few steals, and Taylor and Jordan were up on top taking advantage of that,” UV coach Brandi Backus said. “We fast-breaked a lot and Taylor was able to run the floor well and finish.”

Davis, a junior guard, scored eight points in the first quarter and nine more in the third.

Ashley Banicky led Hancock with 11 points.

UV will play Sherburne-Earlville, which beat Cazenovia, 70-65, in the other first-round game, in the championship game at 6:15 p.m. Saturday.

S-E beat UV, 57-48, on Dec. 8, the Storm’s only loss this season. Davis didn’t play in that game because of a head injury.

Hancock and Cazenovia will play in the consolation game at 2:45 p.m.

B-G 47, Windsor 37

Abbey Smith scored nine of her game-high 16 points in the third quarter as host Bainbridge-Guilford pulled away from visiting Windsor in the first round of the Kazalski Tournament.

Taylor Palmatier had 13 points, and Morgan Bullis contributed nine points and had 12 rebounds for the Bobcats.

Windsor was led by Ashley Kamp’s nine points.

B-G (2-5) will play Marathon in the championship game at 7:30 p.m. Saturday. Windsor will oppose Whitney Point in the consolation game at 6 p.m.