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March 11, 2013

Jackets reach state semis


Durr, like Ruff a junior, finished with 23 points. Her game was reminiscent of former Harpursville standout Hannah Kimmel, Section Four’s all-time scoring leader and currently on the roster of Division I Sacred Heart.

At 5-foot-11 Durr had size, she could shoot it from distance, had a pull-up game and possessed the athleticism to grab a defensive rebound at one end, dribble the length of the court and finish at the other.

“(Durr) had a great game,” said Ruff, who scored all of her points over the final three quarters.

As for Ruff, to say she was completely involved in every part of Oneonta’s offense would be an exaggeration. Truth be told, she scored or assisted on 17 of the Yellowjackets’ 20 baskets. She shot 9-for-16 from the floor and 5 of 6 from the free throw line.

During a back-and-forth second quarter, Ruff scored 14 points, hitting three three-pointers _ the last seconds before the halftime buzzer that tied the score at 32 _ making a pull-up jumper in transition, scoring on a putback and zipping a cross-court pass that freed Minnie Webster along the right wing for a three-pointer. Ruff made five of her six shots in the second quarter.

Aside from first-quarter putbacks by Kelsey Baker and Natalie Vanderlaan-Meyering, and a steal and layup by Maria DiMartin in the third quarter, Ruff orchestrated everything for the Yellowjackets.

Maybe the most impressive aspect was that Ruff’s production came despite the Jugglers’ Jordan Morgan applying constant pressure all over the court asRuff rarely had time to take a breather.

“It was one of those things where I was looking at her at the end of the game and she was just exhausted,” Miller said of Ruff. “She begged me for a timeout at one point and she never does that.

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