RAVENSWOOD – The Ravenswood Red Devilettes hope lessons learned and experienced gained last year will play dividends in the upcoming 2012-2013 basketball season season.
Last winter, the Devilettes marked up a 14-11 season under first year head coach Cara Williams and assistant coach Rachel Mason who took over the program. Battling through an ultratough schedule including an LKC North gauntlet, the Devilettes caome together to win sectional and regional crowns (a nail-biting 56-55 victory over Tyler Consolidated) and return to the State AA Tournament for the fourth straight year.
Eighth-seeded Ravenswood fell 60-41 to No. 1. Westside in the state tournament, but even that loss should make the Devilettes better for '12-'13.
"We've got a real good mix with our four seniors and the four sophomores with a year's experience," said Coach Williams. "We hope to raise our level of our play. We want to avoid playing down to the level of competition which happened to us last year ion some games. We're looking for more success with less drama and being overwhelmed like we did in some games last year. Our number one goal among our team goals is to be undefeated at home. We're looking to play well and have a lot of fun doing it."
Ravenswood has a trio of talented, experienced seniors in Hannah Murray, Melonna Carmichael and Taylor "T" Youell, along with senior transfer Paige Barr will bolster the bench strength. Murray, 6-1, is the team's top returning scorer and rebounder. Carmichael, 5-1 is a quick point guard who can drain threes or drive inside. Youell, 5-5, a two-sport standout along with Murray, is a three-point specialist who looks to be physically improved for her final campaign. Barr is a 5-6 forward who will play key reserve minutes.
The senior quartet lists not playing down to competition, winning the LKC and a fifth straight state tournament berth as goals.
Also back with a year's experience under their belts is the "Freshman Fab Four," now sophomores. Returning starter Taylor Treadway, new starter Hailey Miller and super subs Kayla Scritchfield and Kindsey Torris all played key roles in last year's run, successfully making the difficult transition from middle school to varsity level play. Treadway, Miller and Scritchfield are three-sport standouts.
"Taylor (Treadway) will give you everything she has," said Coach Williams. "Hailey has tons of athletic talent and Kayla and Kindsey are solid contributors."
The Fab Four admits that the transition to the varsity level was difficult and nerve-wracking, with tougher competition, faster play and bigger opponents.
"I think the experience we gained playing as freshmen last year will really help us be more comfortable this season," said Scritchfield.
"We want to go back to states," added Treadway.
Sophomore Mariah Jackson (6-1) and freshman sharpshooter Taylor Love (5-4) will also see varsity action.
Sophomores Savana Casto, Brittany Jones, Dierra Jenkins, Alicia Alderman, Maddison Carpenter and freshman Casey Snodgrass are junior varsity players.