RAVENSWOOD – Ravenswood’s Red Devilettes (14-7) rode the emotional rollercoaster of “Senior Night” and then put the pedal to the metal to pull away in the second half for a 58-31 win over the visiting Ripley Lady Vikings Tuesday night at the RvHS Physical Education Building.
Devilette seniors Melonna Carmichael, Hannah Murray and Taylor Yaouell and their parents were honored by coaches Cara Williams and Rachel Mason and their underclassmen teammates in ceremonies prior to the varsity game tip-off.
Ravenswood opened the game with a 15-2 first quarter scoring barrage with baskets by sophomores Taylor Treadway and Hailey Miller and a pair for free throws by senior Taylor Youell.
But winless Ripley (0-21) battled back in the second quarter to outscore the suddenly inept Devilettes, 10-5, and close to within eight points (20-12) at the half.
Things heated up for both teams in the third quarter as the Devilettes went on a 22-15 scoring run to pull ahead by 15 (42-27) at the buzzer. Ravenswood then pulled away with a 16-4 scoring blitz over the final eight minutes for the final 27-point margin of victory (58-31) as frustrations and tempers flared and things got chippy.
Taylor Youell (two treys) led the Devilettes with a game-high 23 points, and Hailey Miller added 20 including 10-of 12 from the free throw line. Melonna Carmichael (trey) chipped in seven, Taylor Treadway five, Kayla Scritcfhfield four and Hannah Murray one.
Sarah Williams (trey) paced the Lady Vikings with a solid game and 17 points. Chelsey Hager added eight points, Kelli Poling four and Kacie Whitney two.
Ravenswood converted 17 of 23 free throws to Ripley’s eight of 15 charity shots.
Hailey Miller and Taylor Treadway grabbed seven rebounds each to lead the Devilettes. Melonna Carmichael dished off six assists. Miller notched six steals and Taylor Youell and Carmicahel three each. Hannah Murray blocked five shots.
“I thought we got past the emotions of Senior Night and were able to play pretty well,” said Coach Williams. “T (Taylor Youell) and Hailey (Miller) gave us the scoring punch we needed. I told them (team) they need to play with a chip on their shoulder.”
Ravenswood closed out their regular season at 15-7 and will next host a Class AA Region I, Section 2 Tournament semifinal versus Webster County (13-8) Wednesday night at 7 p.m. (See separate story elsewhere on today’s Sports Pages.)
Ravenswood rallied to win the jayvee preliminary 36-33 behind 17 points (three treys) by freshman Taylor Love. Mariah Jackson added eight points, Kayla Scritchfield seven, Brittany Jones three and Kindsey Torris one.
Savannah Williams paced the Lady Vikings with 17 points. Emily Oldham added seven points, Molli Cunningham four, Katilyn Thomas three and Makenzie Hartley two.
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