RAVENSWOOD – It was a red-hot beginning for the Doddridge County Bulldogs Tuesday night inside Ravenswood's Old Gymnasium/The Pit.
All the Bulldogs did was shoot lights out, making five of their first six attempts. Oh, by the way, all five were from the 3-point line.
It allowed Doddridge the pleasure of a 21-13 lead after one period of play and by halftime a cushion of 11 at 33-22.
The second half, though, proved to be different.
It was the guys with the dash of red in their uniforms who had the edge offensively. And by the end of the night the homestanding Runnin' Red Devils had emerged victorious by a final of 58-37.
"We got to the foul line," said Devil head coach Mick Price.
"We didn't put any pressure on Roane the other night (in a season opening loss), but tonight we did."
Ravenswood moves to 1-1 on the season with the win while Doddridge dropped to 0-2.
Ravenswood finished the game 23-of-33 from the line compared to just a 3-of-6 showing at the stripe for Doddridge.
It was a career night for Devil Jake Martin. The junior finished with 32 points in the win. Martin shot 21 of Ravenswood's 33 free throw attempts, making 15.
He also hit seven shots from the field, including all three of Ravenswood's 3-pointers. Ravenswood attempted eight from behind the arc during the game.
Besides his 32 points, Martin also yanked down 10 rebounds to produce a double-double. For good measure, Martin dished out three assists in the game.
Fellow junior Heath Burgess also scored in double figures for the Red Devils with 13. Burgess turned in an all-around game with six steals, four assists and three rebounds.
Rounding out the offensive attack were Issac Crow with six, Jacob Barr with four, Matt Peery with two and Dalton Gandee with one.
Ravenswood was 16-of-42 from the field.
"Our guys kind of got an idea what they can do when we get aggressive offensively," said Price. "We got down early but we just kept playing."
Doddridge was led by Daniel Plaugher's 10 points. Plaugher had two of his team's six 3-pointers. Ashton Hinzman, who scored eight points in the game, also hit a pair of 3s.
Dillon Alexander and Keith Britton had the other two.
In addition to Martin's 10 rebounds, Crow pulled down nine and Barr had four.
Ravenswood fell in the junior varsity game by a final of 49-30.
Jon Crow led the way with 10 points for Ravenswood. Logan Jarrett and Cam Meaige each added six, Matt Peery had four, Zach Miller scored three and Dylan Radabaugh finished with one.
For the first time this season Ravenswood will hit the road as the Devils take on the Crusaders of Parkersburg Catholic Saturday (December 22) night.
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