It wasn't pretty to begin with for the Red Devilettes, but it was downright ugly at the end for the Webster County Highlanders to the tune of a 62-30 Ravenswood win in the Class AA Region I, Section 2 semifinal played at the RvHS Physical Education Building (new gym) Wednesday night.
Coach Cara Williams' gals opened 6-0 via senior Taylor Youell and then went into a funk execution-wise, missing a host of easy inside shots, with the Highlanders closing to win two at 8-6. But Ravenswood awoke and closed out the quarter with a 4-0 spurt to lead 12-6.
Webster County was able to get as close as four points on a couple of occasions in the second quarter before the Devilettes widened their advantage to 11 points at the half with a 17-12 scoring margin.
But in the second half, the Devilettes pressed Webster County into a multitude of turnovers and lit it up with a 18-6 scoring blitz in the third quarter and a 15-6 fourth quarter capper to bury the Highlanders.
Youell led the way for the Devilettes with 22 points including a pair of fourth-quarter treys. Hailey Miller added 19 including 11 of 15 from the free throw line. Taylor Treadway (who battled foul trouble in both halves) chipped in eight, Melonna Carmichael six, Kayla Scritchfield five, and Hannah Murray (nine blocked shots) two.
Senior Brandi Clevenger paced the Highlanders (14-9) with 10 points. Bethany Young and Taylor Anderson added five each; Samantha Stout and Erin Brown four each; and Kendal Riffle, two.
Webster County was held to just seven field goals (one trey) of the game and scored half of their 30 points from the free throw line, making 15 of 23 charity shots.
Ravenswood canned 23 field goals (including treys from Youell (2), Carmichael and Scritchfield) and added 12 of 21 from the free throw line.
Murray, whose nine blocked shots dominated the Devilettes' defensive stats, also grabbed seven rebounds. Miller led the carom parade with nine. Scritchfield added eight and Treadway another seven.
Carmichael dished off seven assists and Treadway three.
Ravenswood notched 17 steals in the game with Carmichale leading the way with five. Treadway hadf four, Miller three and Youell two.
“It wasn't pretty to begin with, and the layoff hurt us,” said Coach Williams. “We didn't execute our man defense very well either. We play better when we have consecutive game, so we should be better Friday. We beat this team by 22 last time, and no matter how you tell the players that the opponent will come to play, there's that letdown knowing what you did last time. Now we've got to go on the road, overcome the trip and be ready to play Friday night.”
No. 2 seed Ravenswood (15-7) must travel to Sutton for Friday night's ( 7 p.m.) sectional championship game versus No. 1 seed Braxton County (15-8) which beat Ritchie County Wednesday night, 38-29, in the other Section 2 semifinal.
Page 2 of 2 - Hunter Sodaro scored 14 points and Ann Golinsky added 13 to lead Braxton County past Ritchie County. For the Rebels, Tristan Toman and Amanda Davis scored 10 points each. Braxton led 18-13 t the half. The Rebels failed to score a point in the third quarter but closed to within three points early in the final quarter, before the Eagles pushed to the nine-point final margin from the free throw line.
Regardless of the outcome, both the Devilettes and Eagles will advance to the Region I co-finals Wednesday. But the Section 2 champion will have the luxury of playing on their home court (The Pit, if the Devilettes are sectional champions) versus the Section 1 runner-up. The Section 2 runner-up will have to travel to play the Section 1 champ (either Fairmont Senior or North Marion) in Marion County.
In Section 1, Fairmont Senior beat Weir, 63-44, Wednesday night; and North Marion beat Oak Glen, 83-32. The Polar Bears host the Huskies Friday at 7:30 p.m. at Fairmont Senior for the Section 1 crown. The Polar Bears own two regular season wins over the Huskies, but the Huskies have now won 11 straight games.