RAVENSWOOD - Parkersburg Catholic turned the tables with a 11-0 run early in the fourth quarter to break open a tight game and went on to snap Ravenswood's six-game win streak, 52-41, Saturday night at the RvHS Physical Education Building.
The Crusaderettes' game plan to slow the tempo from the get-go backfired in the first half, as the Devilettes shot their way to a 14-11 edge at the end of the first quarter.
Each team scored just seven points in the second quarter of the strategic chess match, with Devilettes taking a 21-18 lead to the locker room at the half. Still the slowdown pace exerted by the Crusadettes had the Devilettes off their usual scoring pace with reduced possessions.
A questionable call just before the half on a tie-up handed Taylor Treadway her third personal foul; and PC's Alex Shaffer buried a high arched three-point goal just ahead of the half-time buzzer to pull the Crusadetettes to with 21-18, slicing a Ravenswood six-point lead in half.
The Crusaderettes outscored Ravenswood 12-9 in the third quarter to deadlock the game at 30-30 headed into the final eight minutes of play.
Taylor Treadway hit a three-point goal to give Ravenswood a 33-30 lead as the final quarter began, but PC answered with a 11-0 run converting turnovers into points to seize the momentum.
The Devilettes closed to within four once more, but PC led 49-41 with 48.5 seconds left and Ravenswood never scored again.
In the final analysis, the Crusaderettes actually won the game from the free throw line, converting 18 of 23 free throw opportunities. Reiley Sturm scored all 10 of her points on free throws. The foul calls in the game heavily favored the visiting Crusaderettes. Homestanding Ravenswood got just eight free throw chances in the game, converting six.
Alex Schaffer (three treys) took game scoring honors for the Crusaderettes with 13 points. Three of the other PC scorers added double figures: Maddie Roedersheimer 12; Leah Hughes 10; and Reiley Sturm 10. Rachel Nill chipped in seven points.
Taylor Youell (two treys) led the Devilettes with 12 points. Hailey Miller added nine; Taylor Treadway and Hannah Murray seven each; and Melonna Carmichael (trey) and Kayla Scritchfield (trey) three each.
Treadway grabbed six of the Devilettes' 18 rebounds. Hannah Murray and Hailey Miller added five boards each. Carmichael dished off six of her team's 10 assists. Youell, Treadway and Carmichael notched one steal each.
Saturday night's loss not only derailed the Devilettes' six-game win streak but also cost them a chance to play in the LKC Night of Champions third-place game. PC (four LKC North losses) or possibly Williamstown (four losses) look to have locked up that LKC North runner-up berth with Saturday night's win.
Ravenswood, which has five of their six losses in the LKC North (including splits with both Catholic and Williamstown) with the most costly as it turns out at Ritchie County early, tumbles to fourth place in the LKC North, behind both Williamstown and Parkersburg Catholic, provided they win at Doddridge County tonight (Tuesday).
Page 2 of 2 - The Devilettes will host an LKC placement game Thursday at 7:30 p.m., and travel to Fairmont Senior for a Friday night measuring stick match-up against the former AAA, now AA, Polar Bears.
"We had eight turnovers in the second half and that was huge with the way (Parkersburg Catholic) held the ball," said Coach Cara Williams, "but you have to give (Crusaderettes) credit. Plus we didn't execute our offense very well tonight. It's been a long time since I've had to give a losing speech. I like winning a lot better."