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January 9, 2013

OHS girls rout Saints

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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.

Margaretville 43,

Davenport 39

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.

“This is huge for us,” Margaretville coach Kyle Holden said. “We scuffled all year trying to play with confidence. I tell my girls to keep working hard and things just seemed to fall in place tonight. We still made too many mistakes, but found a way to make up for it.”

Hogan finished with 13 points and Sami Hunt had eight points, 10 rebounds, seven blocks and six steals for Margaretville.

“She player her best of the game of the season,” Holden said of Hunt, a 6-foot junior.

The Blue Devils will host Stamford on Thursday.

Sarah Haight and Melissa Sperry had 12 and 10 points, respectively, for Davenport (5-1).

Downsville 42, Roxbury 35

Five Eagles scored during a 13-2 third-quarter run that lifted host Downsville to a Delaware League victory.

The Eagles (4-4, 3-3) trailed by four points at halftime but took a 35-28 lead into the fourth quarter.

“Defensively, we switched from man to zone in the second quarter and they weren’t able to penetrate anymore,” Downsville coach Courtney Hoyt said.

Kaileen Townsend and Samantha Bingay had 11 points apiece for Downsville, which travels to Andes on Thursday.

Kennedy Faraci’s 13 points paced Roxbury.

Stamford 47, H-T 40

Erin Hull scored no points, but that doesn’t mean she didn’t come up big for Stamford in a home win in the Delaware League.

“She didn’t score a point, but she had nine assists,” Stamford coach Lonnie Nickerson said. “She was our playmaker.

“Usually Cassie Ehrhart is one of our top playmakers,” he continued, “but she was hampered by bad back, and some of the other girls stepped up their play.”

Kim Freer scored 18 points for Stamford to lead all scorers and Naleah Meier scored 17 points.

Taylor Dart scored 12 points, Sarah Murin scored 11 and Taylor Firmalino scored 10 to lead H-T.

Stamford (6-2, 5-1) plays at Margaretville on Thursday.

Jefferson 49, Gilboa 48

Elissa Starheim scored a game-high 22 points as Jefferson won on the road in the Delaware League.

Gilboa’s Allie McGuire had a chance to win the game on a last-second shot from the foul line.

“It literally went in and came back out again,” Gilboa coach Melinda Koerner said of McGuire’s shot.

Shelby Oliver scored 18 points, including four three-point baskets, and Brooke Koerner scored 14 points and had six assists to lead Gilboa (7-4, 5-3), which hosts Roxbury on Thursday.

Afton 53, Sidney 47

Payton Cutting scored 14 points and grabbed 10 rebounds as Afton (6-4, 3-2) won in the Midstate Athletic Conference.

Afton went 7-for-10 from the free throw line in the fourth quarter to seal the victory.

“It was a complete team effort for us tonight,” Afton coach John Simonds said.

Sidney was led by Kelsey Decker’s 14 points.

Afton travels to Unadilla Valley on Friday.

South Kortright 67, Andes 30

Tori Rockefeller scored 23 points, to go along with six rebounds rebounds, five steals steals and five assists to lead visiting South Kortright in the Delaware League.

Kayla Craft contributed 22 points and 12 rebounds.

Shianne Coss and Jade Litaker scored eight points apiece to lead Andes (1-7), which will host Downsville on Thursday.