RAVENSWOOD – There was a little something old, and a little something new Thursday night that helped lead the Ravenswood Runnin' Red Devils to a season-opening, 71-41, win Thursday night at the Old Gymnasium over Herbert Hoover.
The old was Jake Martin. The senior tossed in a game-high 18 points.
"He played really well," Ravenswood head coach Mick Price said. "He shot the ball really well." All of Martin's points came from the field, including a pair of 3-pointers.
He also had six rebounds in the win and three steals.
The new was Riley Heatherington. The freshman launched his Red Devil career with an impressive 17-point outing.
"He really played well," Price said. "He's a really good shooter. You could have those first game jitters (as a freshman), but he hit his first shot and away he went."
Like Martin, all of Heatherington's work was done from the field. He made 7-of-8 shots, including a team-leading three 3-pointers. He also added three steals on the night.
Price watched his Devils jump out to a 19-7 lead after the opening eight minutes of play and never look back. By halftime, Ravenswood had built a commanding 47-17 advantage.
"We got out and started running well," Price said. "We got off to a good start."
Besides Martin and Heatherington, senior Heath Burgess also hit double figures with 11 points. In addition, Burgess grabbed eight rebounds, handed out six assists and came away with four steals.
"Heath played well," Price said. "His experience (from last season) really helped him."
Isaac Crow scored nine for the Devils while Dylan Radabaugh had five. Ryhs Jelich and Hayden Mandrake each scored four. Logan Tuttle chipped in two and Dalton Gandee hit a free throw.
As a team, the Devils were 28-of-53 (53 percent) shooting. Ravenswood hit 5-of-8 3-point attempts and was 10-of-16 from the free throw line.
Hunter White's 11 paced Herbert Hoover while Matt Justice scored 10.
Ravenswood had 37 team rebounds with Crow pulling down a game-high nine.
The Devils had 19 total steals. Besides Burgess, Martin and Heatherington, three each were produced by Jelich and Crow.
Jelich aided Burgess in the assist department with three.
In the junior varsity tilt Thursday evening, Hoover pulled out a 34-26 win. Logan Jarrett had 11, Travis Rawson scored 10, Zac Miller scored three and Jon Watkins finished with two.
VERSUS RITCHIE - Mick Price described it as being "ugly."
But that's OK. Because the end result was one of those pretty things coaches, players and fans call "a win."
Ravenswood moved its season record to 2-0 Saturday evening with a 56-52 win over Ritchie County.
"We got into foul trouble, we didn't shoot the ball well and we didn't play defense very well," Price said.
Page 2 of 2 - A season ago those would have been the ingredients for disaster.
"These kids had been in this situation before, they didn't want to lose," Price said.
Ravenswood owned a 26-21 lead at halftime only to watch Ritchie outscore them in the third quarter, 18-9. The Devils were down by as many as seven at one point in the third.
"We didn't panic, we made some plays," said the 36th year head coach of Ravenswood basketball.
Senior Jake Martin paced Ravenswood in scoring with 22 points, including 5 from the 3-point line. Isaac Crow scored 10 in the win.
Heath Burgess and Rhys Jelich each had seven points while Riley Heatherington and Dylan Radabaugh scored four apiece. Dalton Gandee rounded out the scoring with two.
Ravenswood was 22-of-53 from the field and 5-of-12 from the line.
Crow was Ravenswood's top rebounder with 10 with Burgess adding seven. Martin had five of Ravenswood's 20 steals.
Seth Cottrill was Ritchie's top scorer with 19.
Ravenswood returns to action Friday on the road at Roane County.
In the junior varsity game, Ritchie captured 49-45 win. Travis Rawson was the leading scorer for Ravenswood with 22. Logan Jarrett had 19.