RAVENSWOOD – You may have read this on these sports pages before: Ravenswood's boys basketball team got off to a bad start.
This time around it came against the Crusaders of Parkersburg Catholic on Friday night on Mick Price Court in the Old Gymnasium. Catholic, ranked fourth in The Associated Press Class A poll, had a 21-9 lead after the opening eight minutes of play and never looked back.
After the first quarter, things stayed closer. Catholic scored the Devils by just two in the second (14-12), Ravenswood owned the advantage in the third (13-11) and the teams battled to a tie (15-15) in the fourth.
The first quarter, though, essentially was the story of the game.
"It was just a terrible start. We got down big again and then had to fight to come back," said Devil head coach Mick Price. "We did get it back to single digits one time at eight, but once you get down so far you exert so much energy trying to get back that it's hard."
A big reason for Catholic's great start was its work from the 3-point line. The Crusaders drilled five in the opening period.
"We just didn't do a good enough job defensively early on," said Price.
The win sent Catholic to 16-3 while the Devils dipped to 4-12.
Jake Martin and Heath Burgess combined for 33 points. Martin had 17 and Burgess finished with 16.
Among Martin's six field goals, two were from the 3-point line. He was 3-of-4 at the free throw line.
Burgess nailed four shots from the field and was 8-of-11 at the stripe.
Martin had seven rebounds to also lead in that category. Besides his 16 points, Burgess finished with seven steals, four boards and two steals.
Jon Crow scored seven for the Devils.
Dalton Gandee and Dylan Radabaugh both had three, Travis Rawson scored two and Matt Peery hit a free throw. As a team, Ravenswood was 16-of-50 from the floor. The Devils were 3-of-15 in 3-point attempts. The Devils knocked down 14-of-20 foul shots.
Catholic was led offensively by Jake UIllman, who scored 22. Joe Padden added 17 and Ben Collie produced 13.
In the junior varsity game, Catholic edged Ravenswood by a final of 37-33. Ravenswood returns to action on Tuesday night by travelling to Roane County. The Devils will also play a Little Kanawha Conference placement game this week and are slated to meet Point Pleasant at noon on Saturday. Price said