Coach Cara Williams has encouraged her Red Devilettes (14-7) to play with a “chip on their shoulder” after they were relegated to the No. 2 seed in the upcoming Class AA Region 1, Section 2 Basketball Tournament.
And while the Devilettes didn't fully understand the “chip on your shoulder” reference, a look at the regional ballot should show them that they were afforded a bit less respect in the voting, despite playing a handful of state “Top 10” Class A teams in the LKC North portion of their regular season schedule.
That, in itself, should place a good-sized chip on their collective shoulder for the upcoming run for a possible fifth-straight state tournament berth.
This is the first time in five years that the Devilettes aren't the top seed in their sectional. The designation went to Braxton County (which finished the regular season at 14-8 with a loss at Lincoln Friday night) via a tiebreaker. More size for that shoulder chip.
In the overall voting for Region 1 teams, former AAA Fairmont Senior (15-5) was voted as the No. 1 seed, followed by No. 2 North Marion (15-4), No. 3 Braxton County (14-8), No. 4 Ravenswood (14-7), No. 5 Webster County (14-8), No. 6 Oak Glen (10-10), No. 7 East Fairmont (6-15), No. 8 Ritchie County (12-9), No. 9 Weir (9-11) and No. 10 Roane County (5-16).
Former AAA teams Fairmont Senior, North Marion and East Fairmont, along with Oak Glen and Weir are in Region 1, Section 1.
The No. 4-seeded East Fairmont Bees hosted No. 5-seeded Weir Monday night at EFHS at 7:30 p.m. The winner (Weir, 46-45) will the face top-seeded Polar Bears at Fairmont Senior in the Section 1 semifinals on Wednesday at 7:30 p.m.
In the other Section 1 semifinal, also Wednesday at 7:30 p.m., No. 2-seeded North Marion will host No. 3-seeded Oak Glen on the Huskies' home court.
The semifinal winners (who will both advance to the regional co-finals next week) will meet for the sectional crown on the highest remaining seed's home court Friday night at 7:30 p.m. The Section 1 champion will then host the Section 2 runner-up, while the Section 1 runner-up must travel to face the Section 2 champions on their home court next week.
In Section 2, No. 4-seed Ritchie County hosted No. 5-seeded Roane County on the Rebels' home court at Ellenboro last Monday night at 7 p.m.
The winner (Ritchie County, 64-35) will travel to Sutton to take on the No. 1-seeded Braxton County Eagles in the sectional semifinals on the Eagle's home court at the Braxton County Armory Wednesday at 7 p.m.
In the other sectional semifinal, No. 2-seeded Ravenswood will host the No. 3-seeded Webster County on the Devilettes' home court at the RvHS Physical Education Building (new gym) Wednesday at 7 p.m.
The semifinal winners (who will both advance to the Region 1 co-finals) will tangle on the home court of the highest remaining seed on Friday night at 7 p.m.
Page 2 of 3 - The Section 2 champion will then host the Section 1 runner-up, while the Section 2 runner-up must travel to take on the Section 1 champion next week with 2013 West Virginia Class AA State Tournament berths to the winners of the regional co-finals.
PRE-TOURNAMENT MAGNIFYING GLASS
• Ravenswood's Red Devilettes (14-7) are led in scoring by senior Taylor Youell (16 points per game, 46 treys, 335 points, 65% two-point field goal shooter and 40% three-point field goal shooter, 2.9 assists per game, 2.8 rebounds per game, 3.6 steals per game) and sophomore slasher Hailey Miller (13.4 ppg, 281 points, 5.3 rebounds per game, 2.0 steals per game, 1.1 assists per game).
Sophomore battler Taylor Treadway (5-4) is the team's top rebounder with 140 (6.7 rpg, 5.6 ppg, 2.3 steals per game, 2.1 assists per game).
Intimidating 6-1 senior Hannah Murray is the team's top shot blocker (9.5 ppg, 5.6 rpg, 1.3 steals per game, 1.5 assists per game, 14 treys).
Senior point guard Melonna Carmichael is another deadly three-point shooter (25 this season, 8.5 ppg, 4.5 assists per game, 4.0 rpg, 2.8 steals per game).
Sophomore Kayla Scritchfield has made eight treys (3.6 ppg, 1.9 rpg, 19 steals) and sophomore Kindsey Torris has scored 18 points (0.9 ppg) and grabbed 23 rebounds (1.1 rpg) and is another shot blocker.
As a team, the Devilettes score at a 58.2 ppg clip and play solid, limiting defense. They average 29 rebounds, 13.6 assists and 13.4 steals per game, shoot 42% from two-point range and 28% from beyond the arc.
• The Ravenswood-Webster County sectional semifinal is a rematch of an earlier regular season meeting won by the Devilettes' 66-44 at The Pit.
Hailey Miller scored 20 points and Taylor Youell 18 for the Devilettes. Taylor Treadway grabbed seven rebounds and Hannah Murray blocked five shots. Brandi Clevenger and Taylor Anderson paced the Highlanders with 14 point each.
The Devilettes also own regular season wins over sectional rivals Ritchie County and Roane County (2) and dropped a 47-45 decision at Fairmont Senior on a pair of free throws with four seconds left.
• The Ritchie County Rebels (13-9) could pose a real threat to No. 1-seeded Braxton County led by senior Hunter Sadaro. Rebel senior Tristan Toman is a formidable scoring threat from all ranges. The Rebels have given Ravenswood fits in previous postseason match-ups over the years and have advanced to regional co-finals as sectional runners-up the past four seasons.
• In Section 1, No. 1-seeded Fairmont Senior, led by 6-1 sophomore Emily Stoller (12 ppg) and 6-0 junior Kelsey Morrone, owns a pair of regular season wins over No. 2-seeded North Marion. Four of the five Polar Bear starters are 6-0 or better.
• The No. 2-seeded North Marion Huskies, led by freshman guard Megan Haller, 6-2 junior center Noca Singleton, senior Audia Bartlett, and juniors Anna Marie Moscufo and Mackensy Hess, won 10 straight regular season games to end the regular season. (The Huskies won three straight Class AAA state championships in 2009, 2010 and 2011, but didn't make the 2012 AAA Elite Eight.)
Page 3 of 3 - • The North Marion-Oak Glen sectional semifinal Wednesday is a rematch of last Friday's Huskies Senior Night Game won by North Marion 70-42.