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Jackson Newspapers - Ripley, WV
  • Experience was gained for Devil cagers

  • RAVENSWOOD – Before the season ever started, Mick Price knew there would be some growing pains with his 2012-13 Ravenswood Red Devil basketball team.
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  • RAVENSWOOD – Before the season ever started, Mick Price knew there would be some growing pains with his 2012-13 Ravenswood Red Devil basketball team.
    Other than junior Jake Martin, Ravenswood's roster was filled with players who would be getting their first true taste of varsity experience.
    Along the way, Ravenswood ran into several road blocks which helped lead to a disappointing 5-17 season.
    While Price knew there would be an array of challenges, he never expected things to turn out the way they did.
    "We figured we would mature as the season went along," Price said. "But we had so many obstacles and lost several players that we started with – everything from quitting, to grades to injuries."
    Those were individuals Price was counting on heavily.
    As the size of the roster dwindled, Price had no choice but to turn to others.
    "Looking back, several kids got experience that they wouldn't have gotten had those other players remained," said Price, who was guiding his 35th Red Devil team this past season.
    He's hoping those who were thrust into unexpected playing time will begin working non-stop in the offseason. Those who garnered the valuable experience could prove to be a silver lining for the future of the program.
    Unlike this season, Ravenswood will return many who got a good look at the speed of varsity basketball.
    "We have got to get stronger. We have got to become better shooters. We have got to do everything we can to make our program better."
    Martin was Ravenswood's leading scorer averaging 20.2 points per contest, which ties him for 13th best in school history for a single season. He was the lone Devil to average double figures. Martin poured in a season-high and career-best 32 points against Doddridge County.
    "Jake had a great season," Price said. "He had to do everything. He could score. He was our most consistent scorer."
    "With an inexperienced team, he had a pretty good attitude. I was proud of his efforts. He really stepped up. He tried to make other guys better."
    Heath Burgess, a junior, averaged 8.6 per game and junior Daulton Gandee scored at a 4.1 per game clip. Sophomore Isaac Crow averaged 6.7 per game but missed the last 12 contests. He had a season-high 16 in a game against Williamstown.
    Martin averaged 7.4 rebounds while Crow was pulling down 12.4 a contest before missing the rest of the season.
    Burgess averaged 2.5 steals while Martin came up with 2.4 swipes a game. Burgess was also the top assist man dishing out 2.5 a game. He seaon of eight steals and seven assists.
    Sophomore Jacob Barr, who was lost due to a back injury, was the team's top free throw shooter hitting 82 percent. Gandee hit 70 percent and Martin made 67 percent of his shots from the line.
    Page 2 of 2 - Martin was clearly the team's leading 3-point shooter, knocking in 49 from behind the arc.
    As a team, the Devils averaged 47 points per game and allowed 57. The Devils hit 36.1 from the field each night out and 63.1 from the line. The Devils made 36 percent of their 3-point attempts.
    Ravenswood averaged 31.1 on the boards per game, 8.2 assists, 9.7 assists and 15.9 turnovers.
    "These kids now know that they've got to do. They have to rectify things because this is something (5-17) we are not used to at Ravenwood," Price said.

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