RAVENSWOOD – Coaches do their best to remind players not to look at the scoreboard throughout a given game. Especially when things are going bad.
Mick Price kept telling his Ravenswood Red Devils on Saturday night at the Old Gym to not glance up at the apparatus mounted to the wall which keeps the score and time.
Instead, the Devils just kept grinding as if the game was even.
In reality, St. Marys had jumped to a 24-14 lead after eight minutes of play.
From then on, Ravenswood would outscore the Blue Devils in the final three quarters and come away with a key 60-56 victory.
"Our defense was horrible in the first quarter. Take nothing away from St. Marys, they were making shots from the perimeter," said Price. "To our kids credit, they got it together, made stops and started executing offensively."
Ravenswood carved into the Blue Devil lead and trailed by just five at the break. By the end of the third, Ravenswood had gained the advantage.
"Our kids knew they weren't playing well. They knew they were just going through the motions," said Price.
Jake Martin led Ravenswood's offensive attack produced 25 points. He also grabbed five rebounds and had two steals.
Issac Crow added 12 points and pulled down a game-high 15 rebounds. He also had two blocks and a pair of steals.
Riley Heatherington finished with nine points, Rhys Jelich contributed eight, Heath Burgess scored six and Logan Tuttle finished with two.
Ravenswood was 23-of-52 from the field. The Devils made 3-of-11 from the 3-point line (Martin drained two and Heatherington had the other). Ravenswood was 11-of-22 at the line.
Burgess led the Devils in assists with four.
Allen Bills led St. Marys in scoring with 19.
"This was a good win for us," said Price, whose team moved to 4-2. "St. Marys has had our number the past few years."
Ravenswood is slated to play at Tyler tonight (Tuesday).