It took three and three-quarter quarters before the host Roane County Lady Raiders squeezed out of Ravenswood's full-game, full-court press to eke out a 50-43 win in the teams' basketball season opener November 28. In fact, the Lady Raiders were only able to overcome the pesky “Press-vilettes” at the free throw line late in the game.
It took three and three-quarter quarters before the host Roane County Lady Raiders squeezed out of Ravenswood’s full-game, full-court press to eke out a 50-43 win in the teams’ basketball season opener November 28. In fact, the Lady Raiders were only able to overcome the pesky “Press-vilettes” at the free throw line late in the game.
“Our conditioning was excellent,” said Devilette Coach Cara Williams of her team’s regular season debut. “I’ve never had a team, even the Hailey Miller group, who could have pressed the entire game like these girls did. We just missed too many easy shots and let a great player like Lucille Westfall have too many chances. Having three players on the bench with fouls hurt us.”
Early foul trouble stymied Ravenswood’s pressing attack and offense, as freshman Annie Hunt had to sit out after being assessed three first-half fouls. Senior newcomer Skylar Mace also had foul difficulties and had to miss a large chunk of court time. Mace fouled out late with the game’s outcome still in flux.
Ravenswood led 12-11 after one quarter, but Roane rallied to knot the game at 27-27 at the half with a 16-15 second-quarter scoring nudge.
The Devilettes took a 7-6 scoring margin in a sparce third quarter to lead 34-33, but Roane took advantage of free throw chances, missed Devilette shots and turnovers down the stretch for a 17-9 fourth-quarter surge for the win.
Returning AA All-Stater Lucille Westfall led the Raiders and took game-scoring honors with 20 points—11 (of 18) from the free throw line—and three treys. Danielle Godbey chucked in three treys of her own and totaled 19 points. Olivia Mace added eight; Courtney Burgess, two; and Halle Farmer, one.
Senior two-time All-Stater honoree Ali Westenhaver paced the Devilettes with a double-double, scoring a team-high 14 points and grabbing 11 rebounds. Senior Kayla Liptrap added 10 points, grabbed six boards and dished off a pair of assists.
In her varsity debut, freshman Annie Hunt hit Ravenswood’s lone trey as part of her five points and dished off a team-high four assists. Senior rookie Skylar Mace (six rebounds) and senior Hunter Gorrell added four points each; and senior Maddie Schiefer (seven rebounds), Shelby Howard and Kiera Curtis, two points each.
Ravenswood connected on 14 of 45 shots from the floor (28%) and added 14 of 23 free throw chances.
Roane County hit 11 shots from the floor (including seven treys) and cleaned up at the chairy stripe, canning 23 of 37 chances).
The Devilettes (0-1) return to action tonight (Tuesday)night at Wirt County, and then host three straight home games—Thursday (12/7) home opener vs. Nitro; Saturday (12/9) vs. Capital; and Tuesday (12/12) vs. Ritchie County.