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  • Deviletes punch NOC ticket in dramatic fashion

  • Ravenswood's Red Devilettes are headed to the LKC Night of Champions Saturday at Doddridge County High School. Their loyal fans will accompany them, if their hearts start beating again. The New Cardiac Kids struck again Wednesday night!
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  • Ravenswood's Red Devilettes are headed to the LKC Night of Champions Saturday at Doddridge County High School. Their loyal fans will accompany them, if their hearts start beating again. The New Cardiac Kids struck again Wednesday night! Coach Cara Williams' gals punched their ticket as LKC North runners-up in heart-stopping fashion on the RvHS Physical Education Building hardwood with a furious rally in the final quarter from an eight-point deficit to nip Tyler Consolidated, 61-60. Ravenswood came out very tight and seemed completely out of synch from the get-go, while the Silver Knights of Coach Matt Kinnard jumped out to a 15-8 advantage after one quarter and widened their lead to 11-points—32-21—at the half via a 17-13 scoring margin in the second canto. “We were so tight from the opening tip,” said Coach Cara Williams. “We couldn't make a shot, couldn't make a pass and we were second guessing ourselves constantly. At the half, the girls were really down and looked defeated. I went into the locker room and finally got them laughing. I told them we weren't going back out until everyone was smiling. Kayla (Scritchfield) was the last holdout, but I finally got a smile out of her.” But the Silver Knights weren't about to take their foot off the Devilettes' collective neck. Ravenswood missed a couple shots early and Tyler scored a couple quick buckets and that defeated look resurfaced briefly. But not for long. The Devilettes kept fighting, and momentum finally began to turn. Ravenswood still trailed by eight points at the end of the third quarter, but had finally outscored the Knights, 15-12, to trim the deficit to 44-36. In the final eight, nail-biting minutes, Bo Mo finally swung over into the Devilettes' favor with a frantic, late charge. There were a host of big plays. Hailey Miller at the free throw line and scoring on contortion shots that were astounding to say the least. Taylor Love drained a huge trey. Mariah Jackson knocked down a couple of huge outside jumpers. And Claudia Cubides, the Tazmanian Devilette, scored four straight points on two free throws and a steal and lay-in to give Ravenswood the lead finally at 58-54 with just over one minute to play. That completed a six-point swing begun by Miller's twisting, driving layup that tied the game at 54-54. Yet every Devilette player on the floor played a key role in some fashion in the final fourth quarter swing—a 25-16 Ravenswood scoring advantage. Tyler Consolidated did not go quietly, however. Trailing 58-54 after Cubides' four straight points, senior Hillary Casteel made both ends of a one-and-one to shave the lead to 58-56 and Sophie Kinnard hit one of two free throws to close to 58-57. Hailey Miller answered by draining one of two free throws for a 59-57 edge, but Tyler senior Sydney Reed then knocked down two charity shots to knot the game at 59-59 with 22.7 seconds left. Miller again drained a pair of free throws to give Ravenswood a 61-59 lead with 13.2 second left. With 4.1 seconds remaining, Tyler freshman Vanessa Templeton went to the charity stripe, canning the first free throw to close to 61-60, but missing the second. In the ensuing scramble for the rebound, Sophie Kinnard was awarded a timeout although it appeared she did not have possession of the ball after diving after it on the floor. Tyler had a last-ditch inbounds play with 1.0 second left on the clock. In the timeout huddle, Coach Williams said her instructions were simple (and yet prophetic). “I told them not to foul. I said we had come back too far to lose. This is our game.” Tyler's inbounds pass was under duress, but as expected went to go-to girl Sydney Reed who had already scored a game-high 34 points (over half of the total points) for the Silver Knights. Somehow Reed gained control of the inbounds pass, got in a dribble and threw up a desperation shot off the baseline right. The lofted ball clanked off the far side of the rim at the buzzer, and the Devilette bench, on-court players and fans exploded. Dramatic doesn't come close to a description. On the night, Hailey Miller led the Devilettes with 21 points, including 11 of 16 from the free throw line. Claudia Cubides came off the bench to score 15 points including a trey. Mariah Jackson added 10 points; Taylor Treadway and Taylor Love (trey) five each; Kindsey Torris three; and Kayla Scritchfield two. For the Silver Knights, Sydney Reed (two treys, 10 of 11 from the charity stripe) took game-scoring honors with 34 points. (over half of Tyler's total). Sophie Kinnard added 15 (11 of 12 free throws); Vanessa Templeton nine; and Hillary Casteel two. Taylor Treadway, who battled fouls along with the Knights, grabbed a team-high eight rebounds. Hailey Miller grabbed six and Mariah Jackson and Kayla Scritchfield four each. Treadway dished off four assists, Miller three and Scritchfield two. Miller notched three steals, Treadway two and Cubides one huge one. “It was a battle with huge emotional swings,” said Coach Williams. “I'm so proud of this young team. Claudia (Cubides) really stepped up for us, and Mariah (Jackson) hit some huge shots. We're going the (LKC) Night of Champions. It'll be my first as coach. I'm so happy for these girls.” Ravenswood (11-4, 8-3 LKC North), LKC North runner-up, will face LKC South runner-up Gilmer County (16-4, 9-2 LKC South) in the LKC Night of Champions' conference showcase runner-up (third-place) game Saturday at Doddridge County High School. Ravenswood beat the Titans, 63-45, at home on Dec. 13, 2013. It is the Devilettes' first trip back to compete in the conference showcase event since 2011 when Ravenswood beat Braxton County in the third-place game.. Prior Saturday's LKC NOC date, the Devilettes will play host to Class AA No. 1-ranked Fairmont Senior (15-1) Friday night (6 p.m./7:30 p.m.) at the RvHS Physical Education Building.
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