But Penfield outscored the Yellowjackets, 20-3, in the third quarter.
OHS used a box-and-one to slow Penfield post player Margot Hetzke, who was held to five points in the first half. But Miller said the Patriots adjusted after halftime.
“They got some layups (off of our box-and-one) and we got out of it and went to a 2-3 zone. (Lucy) Covley hit two threes (when OHS switched to zone). They just did a good job of making shots.”
The combination of the Yellowjackets going 3-for-18 from three-point range and Penfield’s ability to keep the ball out of the hands of OHS’ forwards hindered Oneonta’s offense.
“I give them credit for taking our post players away,” Miller said of a Penfield lineup that included three girls who stood 5-foot-11 and another at 5-10. “They denied post entry passes and when we did it get in, they doubled us.”
Covley and Hetzke finished with 18 and 15 points, respectively, for Penfield (12-3), which suffered two losses in a top-flight tournament in South Carolina and another to unbeaten Gates Chili.
The Patriots overwhelmed Section Four power Horseheads on Saturday, taking a 21-point first-quarter lead en route to a 62-33 victory.
Natalie Vanderlaan-Meyering contributed six points for the Yellowjackets (12-1), who will host Chenango Valley on Friday on Senior Appreciation Night.
“It’s not too often you lose a game and come away with a good feeling, but I felt good that we competed for three out of the four quarters,” Miller said. “It’s a big confidence boost for our kids.”
Bainbridge-Guilford/Afton sophomore Julia Knapp earned the lone victory among local competitors in the Quinney/Hurley Invitational on Saturday at Cornell University.
Knapp won the 55-meter hurdles in 8.76 seconds.
Knapp’s time is approaching some select company in this area. University at Albany senior Ashley Mahlmeister ran an 8.33 as a senior for Sidney in 2009.