RAVENSWOOD – It was opening night for the Ravenswood Runnin' Red Devil basketball team on Friday.
For Roane County, they had already been on the big stage of high school basketball three times this season.
Perhaps that spelled the difference in the game. The Raiders left The Pit in Ravenswood with a 46-43 win over the Devils. The win moved Roane to 4-0 on the year while Ravenswood sits at 0-1 following its season lidlifter.
"At times our inexperience reared its ugly head," said Devil head coach Mick Price. "Roane had been in some situations that we hadn't and it hurt us at times."
Despite Roane's game experience, Ravenswood enjoyed the advantage most of the way. The Devils owned the early lead after one period of play, 13-9. The cushion remained at four by halftime, 22-18.
Roane chiseled the gap to two by the end of the third, outscoring the Devils 18-16. In the fourth, Roane limited Ravenswood to just five points while producing ten for the final outcome.
"It was a tough one to lose," said Price, who has but one experienced player – junior Jake Martin – returning for the 2012-13 season. "I was really pleased with our effort. Our kids played hard."
Other than Martin, though, none had been in a tightly-contested varsity game.
Martin led Ravenswood in scoring with 15 points. He nailed one of Ravenswood's two 3-pointers in the game. Martin made 4-of-6 attempts from the free line. As a team, Ravenswood was 5-for-9.
Sophomore Isaac Cow turned in a double-double for the Devils with 12 points and 16 rebounds.
Senior Jeremy Balser and junior Heath Burgess each had four points for Ravenswood. Dalton Gandee (who hit Ravenswood's only other 3-pointer) and Jacob Barr both scored three. Matt Peery, who had five rebounds in the contest, rounded out Ravenswood's scoring with two points.
Ravenswood was 18-of-44 (41 percent) from the field while making just 2-of-10 attempts from the 3-point line.
Burgess dished our four assists for Ravenswood and along with Gandee had two steals.
Roane County's Jacob Neal tied Maritn for game-high scoring honors with 15. Neal had one of three 3-pointers for the Raiders of head coach Greg Alfred. Scott Meadows and Zack McKown also scored in double figures for Roane County with 11 and 10, respectively.
"Greg has done a nice job with this group of kids," he said. "They've been over here to play in summer league. He's got a group that loves to play."
Roane County also captured the junior varsity game, 48-26. Logan Jarrett led the way with 10 points. Jon Watkins had five, Zach Miller score four, Travis Rawson scored three while Jon Watkins and Cam Meaige each scored two.
Ravenswood returns to action tonight (Tuesday) at home