RAVENSWOOD - Ravenswood’s Red Devilettes survived their worst half of the season with just 12 points scored and two starters (Hailey Miller and Mariah Jackson) in foul trouble to rally in the fourth quarter for a 58-55 win over rival Ripley Friday night at the RvHS Physical Education Building.
Neither team started hot, but Coach Justin Frashier’s Lady Vikings took a 10-7 lead at the end of the first quarter and then added a 12-5 scoring advantage in the second quarter as Ravenswood’s offensive production went from bad to worse.
The Lady Vikings took a 10-point, 22-12 lead to the locker room at the half.
Both Haley Miller and Mariah Jackson were each assessed three personal fouls in the first half with Miller spending much of the second quarter on the bench.
The third quarter began much as the second quarter ended with Coach Cara Williams’ Devilettes trailing by as much as 15 points midway through the quarter. But momentum began to shift in the late going of the quarter as Devilette sophomore Taylor Love found her range from beyond the arc and the Lady Vikings misfired on free-throw attempts. The full-court pressing Devilettes spurted to a 25-20 scoring advantage for the quarter to shave Ripley’s double-digit lead to five points, 42-37, at quarter’s end.
The final quarter was a frantic, momentum-shifting affair with Ravenswood knotting the game at 44-44 on a Hailey Miller layup with 4:22 left.
The Devilettes took their first lead of the game with 3:24 left in the game on a Taylor Treadway layup off a Kayla Scritchfield steal and pass to Treadway. Treadway made the fourth quarter her own by scoring all 10 of her points in Ravenswood’s nail-biting rally.
The Lady Vikings closed to 48- 47 on a Sarah Williams free throw, but Miller pushed the lead back to three, 50-47, on a driving layup with 2:39 left in the game.
Treadway drained free throws with 1:10 left for a 52-49 Devilette lead, but the Lady Vikings wrestled the lead back with just over one minute left when Kensey Bergdorf converted an old fashion three-point play for a 53-52 Ripley lead.
With 40.3 seconds left, Mariah Jackson hit a huge jump shot from the left elbow to give the Devilettes a 54-53 lead. But Ripley’s Sarah Williams knotted the game at 54-54 with 39 ticks left, converting the back end of a one-on-one chance from the free-throw line.
Hailey Miller knocked down two free throws to give the Devilettes back the lead at 56-54 with under 30 seconds left.
Ripley’s Emily Oldham made one of two free throws to close to 56-55 with 22. 7 seconds left, before Treadway knocked down two pressure-packed free throws with 17 seconds left to make it 58-55--the final score.
Page 2 of 2 - Despite her first-half foul trouble, Hailey Miller (double-double) led all scorers in the game with 23 points.
Taylor Love added 13 points including three three-point goals to key the third-quarter surge.
Taylor Treadway scored 10 points including knocking down eight of 12 free throws. Mariah Jackson added four points, Claudia Cubides three, Kayla Scritchfield and Kindsey Torris two each, and Chesney Hudson one.
For the Lady Vikings, Sarah Williams led the way with 20 points. Emily Oldham added 10, Chelsey Hager eight, Kinsey Bergdorf and Audra Thomas five each, Amy Ferrell four and Savannah Williams three.
Miller led Ravenswood on the boards with 11 rebounds. Jackson and Treadway grabbed eight each and Love seven.
Miller and Scritchfield notched two steals each. Scritchfield dished off four assists and Hudson two. Cubides had two blocks.
For the Lady Vikings, Savannah Williams grabbed 18 rebounds and Sarah Williams 11.
Chelsey Hager dished off two assists and notched six steals. Sarah Williams had three steals.
Savannah Williams, Audra Thomas and Jade Donohew had one blocked shot each.
In post-game comments, Ripley Coach Justin Frashier lamented his team’s struggles at the free-throw line. “We missed 20 free throws (made 12 of 31),” said Frashier. “You’re not going to beat many teams like that. But they’re (Ravenswood) as good as anyone we play.”
“They’re (Ripley) really improved,” said Coach Cara Williams. “We knew they’d play us tough. We got off to a bad start. I thought we were ready to play, but we missed a couple of shots and things just escalated from there. Sometimes that happens, but we were out-hustled and out-rebounded and that’s about effort. We also had Hailey (Miller) having to sit with fouls in the first half. Our offense runs through her, so any time she has to sit we’ve got problems. We just have to keep working, keep improving.”
Ravenswood hosts LKC North foe Tyler Consolidated Thursday night at the RvHS Physical Education Building and hosts St. Marys in a LKC North rematch at The Pit on Saturday at 5:45 p.m. in a first half of a boys/girls double dribbler.
The Lady Vikings return to action January 8 by hosting Lincoln County.