Ruff set up Vanderlaan-Meyering and the 5-10 Baker for easy baskets after penetrating and drawing defenders. If she can do that against UND, finding Vanderlaan and Baker should be easier.
Durr, a junior, is UND’s tallest starter at 5-11. After that, the Jugglers’ next tallest starter is 5-7.
“That was our emphasis on all of our plays we ran in practice (Tuesday) — getting it into the post,” said Miller, whose team has won seven straight since a 61-40 loss to Class AA Penfield on Jan. 28. “Their best post defender is Emily Durr, who is their point guard. We have to go to Nat and Kelsey because we want to go at (Durr) and see if we can get her in foul trouble. Whoever Durr is guarding, the other post is going to have someone 5-7 on them and we’ll go to her deep.”
As for slowing Durr, that doesn’t figure to be an easy task. She’s averaging 23.3 points and Ruff said she can score in a variety of ways. Durr and Ruff played together on the Albany City Rocks last summer, an elite AAU travel team.
“She can go to the rim easily, she can pass and she can shoot over anybody,” Ruff said of Durr, who has scored 1,747 points at the varsity level.
Guards Anari Harris and Jaclyn Hajec are averaging 10.5 and 9.9 points, respectively, for UND.
Ruff, who has scored 1,457 varsity points, leads OHS at 17.5 points per game. Vanderlaan-Meyering averages 9.1 points and Baker is next at 7.3. Senior guards Hayley Dower and Minnie Webster are averaging 7.1 and 6.3, respectively.
The combination of Ruff, Dower and Webster has made 85 three-pointers.
“I’m confident because of all the stuff we have accomplished this year, but you can’t be too confident,” Vanderlaan-Meyering said.
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