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  • Devils lose to Ritchie and Webster

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  • RAVENSWOOD – A pair of potential postseason tournament foes for Ravenswood made their way inside The Pit on Friday and Saturday night and both were able to leave with victories.
    Ravenswood suffered back-to-back losses to Ritchie County and Webster County. Ritchie, Webster and Ravenswood will all be in the same Class AA sectional in March as The Road to Charleston and the State Tournament begins.
    Hopefully, Ravenswood will have corrected its offensive woes by then.
    Problems putting the ball into the basket continue to plague Ravenswood and directly led to both losses against the Rebels and Highlanders.
    "We played good defense (in both games)," said Red Devil head coach Mick Price. "But our inefficiency on offense hurt us."
    Ravenswood jumped to a 12-5 lead over Ritchie in the opening quarter on Friday night. Ritchie closed the gap to two, 20-18, by the break. In the third quarter the Rebels outscored Ravenswood, 21-9 and the Devils were never able to get back to form resulting in a 50-38 defeat.
    "Ritchie's a very good team and at times we gave them too many opportunities," said Price.
    Ravenswood was led in scoring by Jake Martin with 14. Jacob Barr and Heath Burgess each added six.
    Dalton Gandee scored five, Issac Crow finished with four and Matt Peery delivered three in the loss.
    Ravenswood was just 13-of-44 from the field while making 6-of-16 attempts from the 3-point line. Crow was Ravenswood's top rebounder with 14.
    Andrew Davis and and D.J. Burgess paced Ritchie with 13 and 11.
    Unlike the Ritchie game, Webster simply gained the advantage and never looked back en route to a 57-43 victory Saturday night.
    The Highlanders owned a 19-12 lead after one quarter and upped the advantage to 30-18 by halftime.
    Brett Morris, a possible Division I player, scored 20 to lead all scorers. Hunter Given added 15.
    Martin was Ravenswood's top point producer with 19. Crow added eight, Burgess seven and Peery three. Barr, Jon Crow and Dylan Radabaugh all scored two each.
    Ravenswood hit 30 percent of its shots from the field going 16-of-53.
    Issac Crow snagged 11 rebounds while Martin grabbed seven.
    In junior varsity action, Ravenswood fell to Ritchie, 57-49.
    Logan Jarrett scored 16 to lead the Devil offensive attack.
    There was no junior varsity game prior to the Webster showdown.
    Now 2-7, Ravenswood returns to action tonight (Tuesday) hosting Williamstown before the first of two cross-county meetings with rival Ripley on the road Friday night.
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