RAVENSWOOD - Mick Price is a bit defensive about his Ravenswood Red Devil basketball.
"Our defense has been pretty good," said the 35th-year head coach of the Devils.
Point production has been the issue.
It was once again a contest December 27 at home with Herbert Hoover and at St. Marys on December 29.
In the game with Herbert Hoover, the Huskies jumped out to a 12-5 lead and never looked back in registering a 54-36 win.
"Hoover is a pretty good basketball team," said Price. "The Morris kid is the real deal."
Cody Morris, who stands 6-7, scored 16 to lead the Huskies. Aaron Burdette also scored in double figures with 12 for the Huskies.
Hoover led 29-18 at the break and then put plenty of distance between itself and Ravenswood by outscoring the Devils 21-4 in the third.
Junior Jake Martin scored 20 of Ravenswood's 36 points. Martin hit seven shots from the field, including a pair of 3-points and was a perfect 4-for-4 at the free throw line.
"He was trying to do things to score. We just never could get (the deficit) back down," said Price. "But they were good enough to keep us at bay."
Ravenswood made just 12-of-54 shots from the floor in the loss.
Jacob Barr scored nine for the Devils. Heath Burgess finished with four, Issac Crow scored two and Dylan Radabaugh had one.
Crow had a huge game on the boards with 15. Burgess grabbed six and Martin five. Martin also had six steals and a two assists.
Hoover won the junior varsity game 62-46. Travis Rawson led Ravenswood with 13.
In the matchup with St. Marys, the Blue Devils garnered an eight-point advantage after the opening eight minutes and went on to post a 70-46 victory. St. Marys outscored Ravenswood in each of the final three periods. The win put St. Marys at 6-1 on the season while Ravenswood finished the 2012 phase of the campaign at 1-4.
"St. Marys is a really good (Class) single-A basketball team. Right now they are just better," said Price of a program that played in the state championship last March in Charleston. "We would play well but then go into a funk and the lead would go from four to 14."
St. Marys had four players to hit double figures. Austin Bayless led the way with 18, Andrew Cosper had 15 while Jesse Moore and Colby Brody each had 10.
Martin led all scorers in the contest by putting in 21 for the Red Devils. Crow had eight, Barr six, Burgess five, Radabaugh four and Balser two. Crow had another big game in the rebounding department with 14.St. Marys also took the junior varsity game 47-40.
Logan Jarrett had 13 with Rawson scoring 10. The Devil jayvee team remains winless at 0-5.
Ravenswood meets Tyler Consolidated tonight (Thursday) at home before a quick turnaround rematch with Herbert Hoover on Saturday.