CHARLESTON – Ravenswood got a second chance and took advantage so that it could continue to dance.
Mick Price’s Runnin’ Red Devil basketball team avenged one of its two regular season losses on Wednesday by taking down defending Class A champion Huntington St. Joe, 62-41, in a quarterfinal round contest during opening day action at the 104th West Virginia High School Boys State Basketball Tournament. The win allowed the Devils to move on in West Virginia’s March Madness version of the Big Dance.
The Devils got their revenge inside the Charleston Civic Center Coliseum – where they had lost to the Irish back in February by a 64-50 count.
Ravenswood shot thelights out in the game, making 27-of-37 shots from the field for a whopping 73 percent.
Senior Riley Heatherington, who will play at the next level in the capital city for the University of Charleston, was impressive to say the least by hitting 13-of-14 shots. He finished with 30 points. Heatherington added seven rebounds to his game on Wednesday afternoon along with four assists, four blocks and two steals.
Stephen Dawson, a junior, supplied Ravenswood with a double-double by scoring 10 points and pulling down 10 rebounds. Isaiah Morgan also scored 10 for Ravenswood.
Jayden Rhodes added eight for Ravenswood. Blake Bennett and Hayden Mandrake rounded it out with two each.
Mandrake had five assists for the Devils. Morgan added six rebounds.
Ravenswood owned an 18-12 lead after the opening quarter and extended the advantage to 36-24 at halftime. The Devils outscored St. Joe, 18-12, in the third and 8-5 in the fourth.
The largest lead of the game for the Devils was 23 at the 3:03 mark of the final quarter.
DeAundra Murphy, who had lit Ravenswood up for 29 in the first meeting, led the Irish with 13. Garrick Hopkins had 10.
“I thought one of the things was that we were more focused,” said head coach Mick Price, who guided his team to a State Tournament win for the first time since winning the Devils of 2009 to the Class AA championship. “The last time we played, we played terrible. Take nothing away from St. Joe, they’re well-coached. They’re the defending state champs. They’re champions.
“They were going to make it tough on us. But I’m really proud of the way our kids played defensively.”