KIDWELL - The trek to Tyler Consolidated for a noon showdown on Saturday against the Knights was a bit slow for the Ravenswood Red Devils due to the weather.
Once inside the warmth of the TCHS gymnasium, the Devils were even slower in getting started.
The Knights jumped out to a 26-7 lead and never looked back in cruising to a 77-67 win.
"It was a poor start," lamented head coach Mick Price. "We just simply aren't good enough to spot people, yet we continue to do just that."
The loss sends Ravenswood to 4-11 on the season. Tyler improved its record to 7-9.
Falling to Tyler clouded a pair of outstanding offensive performances by Ravenswood. Junior Jake Martin produced 26 points and was followed closely by fellow junior Heath Burgess, who turned in a career-high 25.
"Jake has been very consistent for us this season," said Price. "Heath is getting better and more confident. He's had to carry more of a load and I'm tickled to see that he's picked up his game. But we just can't have two guys doing all of our scoring."
Logan Jarrett had five points for Ravenswood while Dalton Gandee supplied three. Matt Peery, Jon Crow, Dylan Radabaugh and Jeremy Butler each had two.
The Devils were outscored in all but the final quarter in which Ravenswood managed a 22-11 edge. Unfortunately, by then Tyler Consolidated had put the game well out of reach.
Tyler Consolidated was led in scoring by Dylan Romine who finished the contest with 27. Darren Heintzman, Tim Edwards and Scott Sole also hit double figures with 18, 12 and 10 points, respectively.
Ravenswood made 23-of-57 field goals in the game. Martin drained four 3-pointers for the Red Devils. At the line, Ravenswood made good on 17-of-25 free throws in the contest.
Tyler Consolidated was 30-of-71 from the floor. Romine hit three shots from behind the arc, Sole and Heintzman each nailed a pair of 3-pointers and Dylan Reynolds made one.
Ravenswood owned the edge in the rebounding department, 39-32. Both Martin and Crow pulled down 12 boards. Martin's scoring and rebounding efforts gave him the game's lone double-double.
Burgess had four of Ravenswood's 13 assists. Martin was responsible for three of the 11 steals by the Devils.
Ravenswood turned the ball over 19 times to Tyler's 15. The Knights blocked eight Red Devil shots, four by Randy Eastham.
The Tyler Consolidated game brought to an end a string of six straight road games for the Red Devils. Ravenswood will be at home this week for Little Kanawha Athletic Conference showdowns with St. Marys and Parkersburg Catholic. The Devils meet St. Marys Tuesday.
"We're off the road, but the road doesn't get any easier with the teams we are about to face," said Price.
In addition to the stiff competition, Ravenswood's depth issue continues to take its toll. Having already lost starters Jeremy Balser and Isaac Crow, the Devil head coach noted that Jacob Barr will be out for an extended period of time due to a back issue.
"He won't be able to do anything for at least a couple of weeks," said Price.