RAVENSWOOD – It is still soon to tell, but Mick Price feels his Ravenswood Red Devils have made some progress as the basketball season shifts into 2013.
Last Thursday (January 3) at home the Devils topped Tyler Consolidated, 61-49, before dropping a second game of the season at Herbert Hoover, 45-34, on Saturday (Jan. 5). It was a Hoover team that had beaten the Devils on December 27 by a 54-36 count.
In the contest with Tyler, Ravenswood jumped out to a 21-8 lead and never looked back against the Knights. Ravenswood outscored TC in two of the remaining three quarters.
"We started with a lot of energy," said Price.
Three Devils – Jacob Barr, Heath Burgess and Jake Martin – scored in double figures. Barr led the way with 17. Burgess finished with 13 with Martin adding 10. Dalton Gandee and Issac Crow each scored six points in the win. Matt Peery produced five in the win while Jeremy Balser contributed four.
Crow was Ravenswood's top rebounder with 15.
The junior varsity team picked up its first win, 55-25. Travis Rawson scored 10 to pace the offense. Cam Meaige and Dylan Radabaugh each had nine. Jonathan Watkins scored eight. Ethan Mullens finished with five. Jeremy Butler and Ethan Mullens each scored one point.
It was a much different showdown with Hoover than just a week earlier. While the Huskies again won, 45-34, the game took on another feel. Choosing to go with a more deliberate style of play, Ravenswood managed to stay within striking distance against Hoover.
Hoover led 12-11 after the opening period and 25-20 at the break. The Huskies outscored Ravenswood 5-4 in the third and 15-10 in the fourth.
"We really played well in the first half. We only had a couple of defensive breakdowns," said Price. "We were playing well, playing better. They knocked us in the water the first time we played them.
"They were up on us 50-22 going into the fourth quarter the first time we played them. This time they decided in the second half they weren't going to shoot. We stayed in our defense and tried to push it a little more. We had fouls to give but just couldn't get them fouled. It was a learning experience for us. It think it will make our team better and give us some confidence."
Martin drilled four 3-pointers in the contest to keep the Devils close. He finished with 18 points. Barr added six, Gandee had four while Burgess, Balser and Crow each scored two.
Cody Morris and Aaron Burdette were Hoover's scoring leaders with 13 and 12, respectively.
In the junior varsity game, Hoover won a close, 44-40, decision. The Huskies had beaten the Devil jayvee team by 27 in the earlier encounter. Logan Jarrett had 11 and Rawson finished with 10. Miller had six, Watkins five, Radabaugh and Peery each had four.