RAVENSWOOD – It was a nice turnaround in the 2013-14 season for the Ravenswood Runnin’ Red Devils.
Mick Price’s crew made an improvement of nine games in the win column and was just seconds away from a tenth. It was a win that would have sent them on the prestigious State Tournament inside the Charleston Civic Center Coliseum and a chance of at least three more victories.
After suffering through a campaign of only five wins a year ago, Ravenswood produced a 14-11 record this season and were on the cusp of being part of the Class AA field in the capital city.
Ravenswood lost a heartbreaking, 40-38, decision to Fairmont Senior last Thursday on the road at the Woody Williams Armory in a Class AA Region 1 co-final. Tavon Horton drained a 3-pointer just as the horn sounded to signal the end of the game.
The contest closed a season which displayed much improvement for a program that is accustomed to winning.
“We needed a season like that after going 5-17,” said Price. “We were much more competitive in games and played at a much higher level. The year before we had very little experience. This year the experience helped.”
Senior Jake Martin led the Devils, who had a 9-3 Little Kanawha Conference record, in scoring with a 21.2 points per game average.
Junior Isaac Crow was next in line scoring at a clip of 10.5 per game while freshmen Riley Heatherington just missed averaging in double figures at 9.8. Senior Heath Burgess, who hit the go-ahead basket against Fairmont with just 7.4 seconds showing on the clock, scored 6.6 per game.
The return of Crow and Heatherington will be a nice inside-outside presence next season for Ravenswood.
Crow averaged a double-double for the Devils in the 2013-14 season by also grabbing 10.3 rebounds a game.
Martin snagged 6.1 a game while Burgess pulled down 4.2 and Heatherington 3.2.
Martin and Burgess were the leaders in the steal department with 2.8 and 2.7, respectively. Heatherington came up with 1.5 a game and Rhys Jelich, who was a nice athletic addition to the team this season, swiped 1.4 a game. Burgess was tops on the team in assists with 3.9. Martin averaged 2.0, Jelich handed out 1.6 and Heatherington delivered 1.4.
Martin and Heatherington were the 3-point artists for the Devils knocking down 61 and 55. Senior Dalton Gandee hit nine during the season and Jelich drained a pair.
Crow shot 54 percent from the field this season while Burgess hit 46 percent of his shots and Heatherington 45.
Heatherington was the free throw leader at 91 percent (21-of-23) and Martin followed at 68 percent (120-of-177).
Burgess and Martin each took five charges on the season. Crow’s 22 blocks was the best in that category with Heatherington five back at 17.
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On the boards, Ravenswood averaged 31.3 per game. The team averaged 12.3 assists each night out, came up with 10.9 steals and committed 13.9 turnovers.
Martin had the top scoring games of the season hitting twice for 32 against Doddridge County and Braxton County. His six 3-pointers against St. Marys, six steals against Parkersburg Catholic and 13 free throws in a contest with Doddridge were individual season-bests. Crow’s 18 rebounds was the best performance of the season on the boards. Crow’s 86 percent shooting from the field against Webster, 13 field goals against Williamstown and four blocks while facing off with Doddridge County also were season highs from an individual standpoint. Heatherington tied with Martin for a season high of six 3-pointers in a game against Webster and turned in the best peformance in a game at the line this season by hitting a perfect 8-of-8 against Webster.
The best team efforts of the year were 74 points, 51 rebounds, 56 percent field goal shooting and 27 field goals made all against Tyler Consolidated. Ravenswood made 92 percent of its free throws in a game against Herbert Hoover, nailed 11 shots from the 3-point line against St. Marys, handed out 18 assists in a game with Braxton, made 20 steals against Ritchie, hit 20 free throws in games with Tyler and Doddridge and in contests with Point Pleasant and Doddridge the Devils recorded six blocks.
In the Devil record-keeping department, Martin finished with 1,069 points to become 10 all-time on the Ravenswood scoring list. His 529 points this season was 13th best all-time as was his average of 21.2. Martin’s 61 shots made from the 3-point line was 14th best in a single season. His 70 steals were 12th and his 120 made free throws ranks 7th.
Career-wise he is now 6th in 3-pointers with 129, 11th in steals with 150, 12th in made shots at 354 and 7th in free throws with 232.
The 68 steals by Burgess tied him for 14th in a single season while his 125 steals ranks 17th for a career.
Heatherington’s 55 shots from the arc is 17th best in a single season. His percentage of 42 is both 9th best for a single season and career.
Crow’s 244 rebounds is 13th best in a single season.
Price said it was a good season to put a spring in the step of the tradition-rich program, but the work never stops. “We didn’t shoot the ball extremely well (this season) and we didn’t play well defensively at times. That’s why we were up and down at times.
“We’ve got guys back who need to extend their athletic ability. We’ve got to get guys who can score the ball. We’ve got a lot of work to do.”
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