Devilette senior Rebekah Samples got her mojo back Saturday afternoon draining four three-point goals and pouring in a game- and season-high 25 points to lead red-clad Ravenswood (9-3, 5-2 LKC North) to a 63-39 blowout win over host Tyler Consolidated at Kidwell.


The dominating win was Coach Chris Michael’s gals second straight in their conference division.
Samples broke out of a four-game, single-digit scoring funk early, drilling a pair of treys and a deuce in a 12-6 Devilette run to start the game. Nicole Sadecky and Hannah Murray added deuces. Ravenswood went on to take a 20-10 first-quarter scoring margin with an 8-4 run on end the opening quarter.

The Devilettes and Knights exchanged 11 points each in the second quarter, as Ravenswood took a 31-21 lead to the locker room at the half.

The third quarter saw the Devilettes ratchet down their defense and take a 12-5 scoring advantage for a 43-26 lead headed into the final eight-minute period. There, the Devilettes took a 20-13 scoring margin to cap the 24-point win.

In addition to Samples’ game-high 25 points, Emily Rector (trey) netted 15 counters, Murray (trey) 11, Nicole Sadecky and Hannah Gurtis four each and Makala Settlage and Brenna Mahan two each. Ravenswood shot 46% from the floor, netting 25 of 54 shots. They also hit six of 11 (55%)three-point shots with Samples draining four and Rector and Murray one each.

Heather Suter paced the Lady Knights with 14 points. Christy Jones (trey) chipped in nine, Keri Suter (trey) seven, Sami Jones six and Whitnie Williams three.Ravenswood grabbed 37 rebounds with Sadecky snatching nine caroms to lead the way. Murray and Rector dished off four assists each and Samples and Melonna Carmichael notched a pair of steals each.

“I thought we shared the ball well, played aggressively and shot the ball well,” said Coach Michael. “We never let off the gas offensively and our second-half defense, particularly our third quarter defense, was a big key.”

Ravenswood came out in red uniforms Wednesday night at Ellenboro. And that fashion statement was right on as the Devilettes unleashed red hot defensive pressure to snap a two-game skid with a 53-30 searing of host Ritchie County.

The last time the two teams met on the Rebel hardwood was in last year’s sectional semifinals with Coach Chris Michael’s Devilettes eking out a nail biting 43-41 win on their way to the Class AA Final Four at the state tournament.

Wednesday night’s version was nothing like the first, although Ritchie did lead 9-8 after a slow first quarter. The second quarter saw Ravenswood’s defense catch fire as the Devilettes turned up the intensity to swarm the Rebels allowing just three points over the eight minutes. Meanwhile, junior point guard Emily Rector caught fire from beyond the arc to spark and a Ravenswood 18-3 scoring conflagration for a 26-12 lead at the half.

Ritchie managed a 14-11 scoring advantage in the third quarter to trim the Devilette advantage to 11 (37-26), but the Devilette scoring/defensive wildfire ignited again in the fourth quarter for a 16-4 scoring margin to roast the Rebels well-done.

Rector took game-scoring honors with 18 points including five treys. Freshman Hannah Murray added 14 (trey), Nicole Sadecky 10, Rebekah Samples (trey) five, Sarah McMillan four and Brenna Mahan two.

Leandra Villers and Alaina Sellers led cold-shooting Ritchie with seven points each. Allison DeLancey added six and Brittnay Spencer and Maria Webber three each.

Ravenswood shot 36% from the floor, canning 20 of 55 shots, while the Rebels made good on just nine of 41 fielders (22%). The Devilettes won the board war 42-30 as Murray grabbed 10 caroms to register a double-double for the game. Rector grabbed eight and Samples and Sadecky four each. DeLancey had nine boards for the Rebels.

For the Devilettes, Murray and Rector dished off five assists each. Samples and Sadecky dished off two each. Samples notched four of her team’s 12 steals. McMillan and Sadecky blocked one shot each.

The Devilettes play at Roane County today (Tuesday) at 4 p.m. and host unbeaten St. Marys Thursday at 7:30 p.m. and Wirt County Saturday at 7:30 p.m.