RAVENSWOOD – Mick Price said it best.

“It’s tournament time. You’ve got to step it up. You can’t take anyone lightly. Otherwise, in 32 minutes your season could be over.”

The veteran Ravenswood coach has been around the block a few times when it comes to the postseason. He’s won two state championships and finished as a runner-up. He knows the drill.

Win and advance. Lose and go home.

Not only did his Red Devils advance with a third win of the season over Ritchie County on Tuesday night, they bought at least one more game, possibly two, at home.  

The number 32 Price spoke of didn’t just apply to minutes.

His state-ranked club handed the Rebels a 63-32 setback, limiting Ritchie to single digits in all four quarters.
Meanwhile, the Devils scored that many in the first half.

“We did what we had to do. We won and we advanced,” Price said as his crew improved to 15-6 on the season.

Ravenswood will now oppose Webster County on Friday night inside the Old Gymnasium. The Highlanders moved on in the Class AA Region 1, Section 2 Tournament with a 69-64 overtime decision against Roane County.

Both Ravenswood and Webster not only assured themselves 32 more minutes of action this season but at least 64. Whoever loses Friday will still be alive but must go on the road next week in a Region 1 co-final. The winner gets to play at home.

“That is our goal,” said Price.

A win next week would nail down a berth in the upcoming West Virginia High School Boys State Basketball Tournament.
Ravenswood garnered its win with Ritchie thanks in part to the one-two punch of Riley Heatherington and Isaiah Morgan, who scored 22 and 15, respectively.

Heatherington buried six 3-pointers in the win while Morgan knocked down three. Hayden Mandrake, who finished with five points, had the other 3-point goal for Ravenswood.

The Devils hit five straight 3s in the fourth quarter to seal the deal with the Highlanders. The Devils were 8-of-12 from the floor during the final eight minutes.

Stephen Dawson scored seven for the Devils with Logan Jarrett adding six. Isaac Crow finished the game with four. Jayden Rhodes and Dylan Radabaugh each scored two points in the win.

Ravenswood was 25-of-46 from the field and 10-of-22 from the 3-point line. The Devils made good on 3-of-5 attempts from the free throw line.

Crow had 11 rebounds for Ravenswood and two steals. Jarrett added eight rebounds and Heatherington yanked down six.
Mandrake had five assists and Heatherington four.

Riley Allen scored 18 of Ritchie’s 32 points.

The Ravenswood-Webster winner will oppose the Fairmont Senior-Oak Glen loser next Wednesday at home. The loser will get the winner of that game on the road.

Fairmont Senior handled Weir on Tuesday, 76-42, while Oak Glen sidelined East Fairmont, 76-71, in three overtimes.