RAVENSWOOD – Devilette senior Hannah Murray played her most intimidating defensive game of the season thus far Saturday night, blocking nine Ritchie County Rebel shots, as Ravenswood, now 12-5, extended their current win streak to six games with a payback win over visiting Ritchie County, 57-46, inside the RvHS Physical Education Building.
Murray also scored six points, grabbed nine rebounds, and dished off four assists.
Yet despite strong individual contributions, it was yet another total team effort.
Hailey Miller (seven rebounds) fought off foul trouble to score 19 points, and Taylor Youell (five steals) knocked down four treys among her 16 points. Melonna Carmichael scored 11 points, dished off six assists and notched four steals; and Taylor Treadway scored four points, grabbed nine rebounds and notched six steals. Kayla Scritchfield added one point, three rebounds and two deflections.
The Devilettes opened the game with a 6-0 run and pushed that advantage to 15-5 with 2:34 left in the opening quarter. But Ritchie led by senior Tristan Toman answered with a 6-1 run of their own to trim the Ravenswood lead to 16-11 at the quarter ending buzzer.
Miller picked up her third foul early in the second quarter and the Devilettes’ scoring momentum went with her to the bench. Ritchie County went on a 12-6 scoring run to grab the lead, before Taylor Treadway’s driving layup with 1.3 seconds left gave Ravenswood back the lead at 24-23 at the half.
The Devilettes opened the third quarter with a 9-4 scoring run to go up 33-27 with 4:56 left and finished the quarter with a 10-6 surge to lead by 10, 43-33, at quarter’s end courtesy of a 19-10 scoring advantage for the eight minutes.
In the final quarter, Ravenswood built a 12 point lead, led by 10, 50-40 with 3:48 left and finished with a 14-13 scoring nudge to win the game by 11.
The Devilettes struggled at the free throw line making good on just 16 of 36 chances (44%).
Tristan Toman led the Rebels with 22 points, but she was also the primary target of most of Murray’s nine blocked shots. Amanda Davis added 12 points, Amanda Hall six, Kylie Gump five and Vanessa Tallman one.
The Devlettes grabbed 36 rebounds with Murray and Treadway racking up nine each and Miller seven. Carmichael dished off six assists and Murray four. Treadway notched six steals, Youell five and Carmichael four.
For Ritchie, Kylie Gump grabbed 11 rebounds and Tristan Toman 10. Amanda Davis and Abi Burgess dished off three assists each, and Davis had three steals.
“We were terrible at the free throw line,” said Coach Williams, “but we played pretty well otherwise. Hannah (Murray) had a huge defensive game for with the nine blocks. We’ve got a week off now before (Parkersburg) Catholic comes in next Saturday. I’m not sure if that’s good or bad. We’ll try to keep it light this coming week—keep them laughing and relaxed. They play better when they’re loose.”
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Taylor Love took game scoring honors for the Devilettes with 12 points (two treys). Mariah Jackson added eight points and Brittany Jones, Casey Snodgrass and Paige Barr two each.
Ravenswood hosts Parkersburg Catholic Saturday night in a 6 p.m./7:30 p.m. double dribbler. A come-from-behind 56-53 win at PC launched the Devilettes’ current win streak.