ELLENBORO – Several years back, I first used the term “Cardiac Kids” to describe a Red Devilette girls’ volleyball team. There have been several such Devilette girls’ sports teams since, and Coach Cara Williams’ 2013-12014 Red Devilettes, 4-0, became the latest qualifier to earn the heart palpitation moniker Wednesday night, rallying for a 55-46 overtime win over pesky, physical Ritchie County.
The Devilettes grew up at Ellenboro some facing their first real adversity of the season, versus the Lady Rebels by overcoming officiating, mugging and their own miscues.
Ravenswood started strong rolling out to a 17-8 first quarter advantage only to see it whittled away due to mistakes and a 17-11 Rebel second quarter scoring margin. At the half, the Devilettes clung to a tenuous 28-25 lead.
The second half got even more tense, and junior Hailey Miller was knocked out of action for several minutes after she was felled by a midcourt collision with Rebel Abby Burgess.
The Lady Rebels, whose history of games versus the Devilette are always wars, took advantage of Miller’s absence and more Ravenswood errors to outscore their guests 9-8 in the third quarter (Ravenswood still led 36-34) and 10-8 in the fourth. Ritchie actually grabbed a five-point lead before Ravenswood surged back with a run spurred by Miller’s old-fashioned, three-point play.
With the score deadlocked at 44-44 in the final minute, each team had chances to win that misfired. Ritchie missed a chance of their own on the other end of the court and Ravenswood gained possession with just over 3.6 seconds left. Miller’s frantic coast-to-coast bid for the winning bucket ran out of time just inside the free throw line.
Yet in overtime, the Devilettes prevailed outscoring the Rebels 11-2 for the 55-46 nail-biting win. In the final surge to victory, Miller who struggled early in the game scored 14 of Ravenswood’s final 19 points and finished with a game-high 23 points and 10 rebounds for a double-double.
Co-captain Taylor Treadway scored 15 and grabbed a dozen boards for a double-double of her own; and Mariah Jackson added another double-double with 10 points and a whopping 15 rebounds. Kayla Scritchfield added four points and Taylor Love three.
Ravenswood did not score a three-point goal in the game, but canned 23 of 33 free throw attempts. The Rebels who looked lethal from the charity stripe early, faltered under pressure, making good on just 17 of 38 charity shots.
Kayla Scritchfield notched six assists and four steals. Taylor Treadway had four assists and Hailey Miller three steals. Mariah Jackson blocked three shots and Scritchfield one.
Kylie Gump paced the Rebels (3-2) with 11 points. Becca Sullivan added 10, Vanessa Tallman nine, Abby Burgess six, Rachel Haddox five, Stephanie Kirk three and Amanda Hall two. “It’s never easy at Ritchie County,” said Coach Cara Williams. “We didn’t play very well, but I thought we came together when we had to. Mariah Jackson played an outstanding game for us.” The Devilettes host Ripley’s Lady Vikings Friday night at the RvHS Physical Education Building in the first cross-county basketball showdown of the season.
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