In a matchup of state-ranked Class B schools, Oneonta High received a game-high 16 points from Mariah Ruff and routed host Seton Catholic Central, 56-29, in a Southern Tier Athletic Conference girls basketball game Tuesday.
“It was certainly a statement game for us,” OHS coach Matt Miller said of his third-ranked squad _ 14 spots ahead of the Saints. “When you play against good competition, you have to prove yourself and we did that.”
The Yellowjackets (8-0) improved to 6-0 in STAC and handed the Saints their second loss of the season.
Miller said he employed defense OHS doesn’t use often to slow 6-foot-3 Angelica Hauer, who came in averaging over 20 points. It was a 1-3-1 that allowed the Yellowjackets to front and back Hauer, who finished with eight points.
“We always had her sandwiched between two defenders,” Miller said. “If we could contain Angelica we figured they’d probably have a difficult time scoring. We limited her touches. Kelsey Baker and Sierra Sangetti-Daniels did the lion’s share of the work.”
Ruff scored 13 of her points in the first half as OHS bolted to a 33-14 lead.
“We she scores like that for us, our offensive numbers are a lot better,” Miller said. “We definitely got a lot of steals we turned into layups.”
Ruff also had seven assists.
Baker had eight points, Minnie Webster scored seven and Sangetti-Daniels and Maria DiMartin scored six apiece for the Yellowjackets, who’ll host Susquehanna Valley on Friday.
OHS’ Natalie Vanderlaan-Meyering grabbed 11 rebounds.
Tess Svoboda scored half of her game-high 14 points over the final eight minutes, when host Margaretville went on a 19-9 run en route to a Delaware League victory.
The loss was the first of the season for Davenport.
Margaretville (3-6) improved to 2-4 in the league.
Davenport led, 30-24, entering the final quarter. Svoboda went 5-for-10 from the line and Margaretville was 6 of 13 from the line in the fourth quarter. Kellsey Buerge scored all but one of her five points in the final quarter, when Annette Hogan hit one of her three three-pointers.