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Jackson Newspapers - Ripley, WV
  • UPDATED: Devilettes firing up another banner hoops season

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  • If you haven't taken the opportunity to drop down to the RvHS Physical Education Building and see the Devilette basketball team play, you're missing out on a Devilishly delightful experience.
    Coaches Cara Williams and Rachel Mason have the 2012-2013 Devilettes clicking on all cylinders right now to the tune of a six-game win streak and a 12-5 season record at this writing.
    This latest six-game red wave began with a heart-palpitating come-from-behind 56-53 win at Parkesburg Catholic and has extended through Saturday night's 11-point home payback win over LKC North and sectional tournament rival Ritchie County.
    There's plenty of regular season basketball still to play, but the Devilettes are a well-oiled machine right now with plenty of moving parts contributing to some good basketball and obvious positive results.
    Senior three-point specialist Taylor Youell has had the hot hand from beyond the arc and inside, as well with diminutive senior point guard Melonna Carmichael and 6-1 shot blocking senior guard Hannah Murray (double-double versus Williamstown, nine blocked shots versus Ritchie County) also playing key roles in the current roll.
    And then there's the Fab Four—now sophomores Taylor Treadway, Hailey Miller, Kayla Scritchfield and Kindsey Torris—the four corners of the Devilette Basketball future who are also a major part of the present success.
    Uber-athletic Miller has never seen a path to the basket or one she improvises that she won't attack and has been piling up major points inside and at the free throw line along with major bruises. Treadway is a fearless, relentless rebounder (all 5-4 of her), defender, scrapper, you name it, who gives everything she has in every game she plays. Kayla Scritchfied and Kindsey Torris are keys off the bench now who will be starters next season for sure. Scritchfield can light it up from long range or score inside. Torris is becoming a shot blocking force in her own right.
    And there's also too-tall sophomore Mariah Jackson and freshman sharpshooter Taylor Love who will also be huge in the Devilette future.
    How long will the Devilettes' current win streak continue? Who knows? An upcoming home test with Parkesburg Catholic who will be looking for payback of their own looms on Feb. 2.
    And while Coach Williams will stress concentrating on one game at a time for her young fillies, those blinders aren't on this old nag.
    Right now, the Devilettes have the best record (tied) in revamped Class AA Region 1, Section 2 which also features Braxton County (12-5), Webster County 11-6), Ritchie County (8-9) and Roane County (4-13). And Ravenswood also has a better record than all of the new contingent in Section 1: former AAA Fairmont Senior (10-5), North Marion (10-4) and East Fairmont (6-11) and holdovers Oak Glen (9-7) and Weir (8-9).
    The Devilettes will play at Fairmont Senior February 8 in a measuring stick match-up.
    Page 2 of 2 - Regardless, these gals are worth the price of admission. Break out your wallet and your heart medication and come on down!
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