RAVENSWOOD - Ravenswood’s Red Devilettes left it all on the court Wednesday night at The Pit, but a huge third quarter by #3-ranked North Marion (19-3) proved to be just too much to overcome in a bitter 87-80 loss in the Class AA Region I Final.

Ravenswood came out of the gate smoking to take a 25-17 first quarter scoring advantage and put the Huskies on their heels.

Hailey Miller scored 14 points in the opening eight minutes of play.

In fact, Coach Cara Williams’ Devilettes led by as many as a dozen points, before North Marion was able to claw back to a seven-point deficit at the half via a 20-19 second quarter points margin—mostly on free throws. Miller was assessed three first-half fouls that proved decisive later.

Ravenswood scored first to open the second half, but momentum swung to the Huskies via Ravenswood turnovers and some bad shot selections that allowed the ultra-athletic Marion Countians to get into transition for some easy baskets. Ironically, Ravenswood held the trey-happy Huskies to just five made three-point goals in the game.

North Marion tied the game at 47-47 on a 10-3 run with 4:22 left in the quarter, and then went on a 21-13 run to the buzzer.

When the dust had settled on the third quarter, the Huskies had blitzed to a 31-16 scoring advantage in eight minutes of play and led 68-60. In the quarter, Huskie junior Megan Haller poured in 14 points. Miller had 10 of the Devilettes’ 16.
In the nailbiting fourth quarter, Ravenswood then made a run of their own to cut the deficit to just one point at 70-69 on a 9-2 run capped by Claudia Cubides’ midcourt steal and lay-in with 4:16 left in the game. The Devilettes had a coupe changes to grab back the lead, but could not get shots to fall.

They were able to close to within three twice late at 75-72 with 2:29 left and 80-77 with 54.1 seconds left, but they had lost both sparks, Miller and Cubides, to fouls along the way.

In the end, the Huskies (Haller in particular) drove in the final coffin nails from the free throw line in a 20-19 fourth quarter scoring nudge to made the final score 87-80.

Ravenswood’s Hailey Miller (team-leading 12 rebounds for a double-double) took game scoring honors with 37 points.

That total made her the all-time Devilette career scoring leader with 1,498 points (old record by Pam Conrad-1,487 points stood for 37 years). Miller also owns the career single season record with 541 points in this, her senior season. But she would have traded it all for the win Wednesday night.

Taylor Love (four treys) added 14 points; Claudia Cubides, nine; Kayla Scritchfield, eight; Taylor Treadway, five; Chesney Hudson, four; and Haylie Reynolds (trey), three.

For North Marion, Megan Haller (trey) led the way with 32 points (17 of 20 from the free throw line). Christa Tobin (two treys) added 17; Presley Tuttle (trey) 15; Taylor Wells, (trey) seven; Brittany Sigley and Cassady Rodriguez, five each; and Lauren Freels, Taylor Trowbridge and Morgan Straight, two each.

North Marion shot 39 free throws to 24 for the Devilettes, who got mugged in the paint in the late going with no fouls called.

For the Devilettes, Taylor Treadway added seven rebounds, and Kayla Scritchfield and Haylie Reynolds, five each. Treadway dished off six assists; Scritchfield, four; and Miller and Reynolds, three each. Scritchfield and Cubides notched two steals each. Mariah Jackson and Treadway each blocked one shot.

“There were a lot of tears in our locker room,” said Coach Cara Williams. “It’s hard to take. I really thought we were going (to state’s). I thought we really came out and surprised them. They didn’t expect what they got from Hailey (Miller) and they had no answer for her. Unfortunately we made turnovers and took some bad shots in the third quarter and they got on a roll we couldn’t stop. That proved to be the difference. These girls played their hearts out and left it all on the court. They deserved to go to Charleston, but unfortunately that’s how it works. Someone gets left behind that shouldn’t. I’m so proud of this team and what they accomplished. These seniors were my first four-year players. They set the bar higher for those who will follow them.”

Ravenswood closed out a superb 21-3 season.

Seniors Mariah Jackson, Hailey Miller, Kayla Scritchfield and Taylor Treadway closed out outstanding career in Red Devilette uniform.