Ravenswood's opponents in tomorrow (Wednesday) night's Class A Region 4 Co-Final at The Pit—the Van High School Bulldogs (15-8)—have plenty of bite.
Ravenswood’s opponents in tomorrow (Wednesday) night’s Class A Region 4 Co-Final at The Pit—the Van High School Bulldogs (15-8)—have plenty of bite.
Despite dropping a 96-39 loss to Tug Valley in the Section 2 championship game Friday night, the Bulldogs of Coach Dave Gogas have averaged scoring 64.3 points per game this season while allowing an average of 58.6 ppg.
Among their eight season losses, the Bulldogs also dropped games to Tug V alley (90-67) and Tolsia (46-41). Van beat St. Joseph three times including the sectional semifinal (64-56 in overtime) winning 69-43 and 78-67. They also beat Ritchie County, 66-50, in the WVHIT tournament.
In comparison, the Red Devils (23-1) beat Ritchie County (84-35 and 82-65) and St. Joseph (69-45), while suffering their only loss to Tug Valley (60-56) in the Coal Classic at Logan.
All-time leading scorer Taylor Jarrell (5-10, Senior, Guard) leads the Bulldogs. Jarrell, who reached the 1,500 career points plateau in late January, scored 21 points in the overtime win over St, Joseph. He averages over 25 ppg, converts 90% of his free throw chances and averages 4.4 assists and 2.1 steals per game.
A deadly three-point shooter, Jarrell averages taking 13-15 shots per game. He is already a two-time All-State pick: first team as a sophomore and second team as a junior. Jarrell leads by example and is also an outstanding student with an exemplary work ethic on the court and in the classroom.
Senior forward Brandon Moore is an imposing presence in the paint at 6-1, 240. Moore averages 13 ppg.
Senior guard/forward Daniel “Tookey” Gibson is another key Bulldog. Gibson scored 14 points and grabbed 12 rebounds in an earlier game versus Independence, and is a key defender for Van.
Other contributors include sophomore guard David Stewart, junior Gavin Smith, senior Caleb Green, junior guard Caleb Price and sophomore center Austin Javins.