Another one bites the dust. Another goal, that is, for the Ravenswood Runnin’ Red Devil basketball team.
Another one bites the dust.
Another goal, that is, for the Ravenswood Runnin’ Red Devil basketball team.
The 2017-18 Devil edition, loaded with a tight-knit senior class that is seven-strong, checked off the latest goal on Wednesday evening with an 87-60 win over the Van Bulldogs in a Class A Region 4 Co-Final.
The victory propels Ravenswood, last season’s runner-up in Class A, back to the West Virginia High School Boys State Basketball Tournament at the Charleston Civic Center Coliseum.
The Devils, now 24-1, will be the No. 2 seed in the field of eight and will open up against Webster County at 1 p.m. next Thursday.
Of those seven Red Devil seniors, four scored in double figures as they played for the final time on the Old Gymnasium’s Mick Price Court.
Isaiah Morgan erupted for a career-high 42 in his final game at a venue he has spent countless hours perfecting his craft.
Morgan was 14-of-16 from the field. Interestingly, he hit 7-of-8 from 2-point range and was also 7-of-8 from 3-point range. He was a perfect 7-of-7 from the free throw line.
Stephen Dawson scored 13 in the win, Jayden Rhodes added 11 and Blake Bennett hit for 10.
Two other seniors – Chase Swain and Lakin Tucker – finished with five and three, respectively. Another senior – Alex Easthom – hit a free throw as did Patrick Francis and Trey Mandrake.
“They were not going to be denied,” head coach Mick Price said about his class of seven seniors. “They have had a mission, they have had goals and they are checking them off. To host a regional home game and win the last one there was one of the goals.
“They came out focused and with great energy. That got the crowd going.”
On Morgan’s monster night, Price added, “I could see that look in his eyes. I just thought, ‘Get him the ball, he isn’t going to miss.’”
Ravenswood was 15-of-23 from 2-point range and hit 12-of-23 from the 3-point line. The Devils were 21-of-28 in free throw attempts.
Ravenswood owned an 18-13 lead at the end of the first quarter and stretched it to 45-25 at the half. The Devils outscored Van in the third (25-15) while the Bulldogs had a scoring edge in the fourth (20-17).
Taylor Jarrell’s 24 paced Van’s attack. Kenneth Gibson also hit for double figures with 10.
Morgan was the top rebounder with 11. Dawson had seven. Francis and Bennett each had three. Rhodes and Tucker pulled down two off the glass. Swain and Easthom each had one.
Bennett, Dawson and Morgan all had five assists. Rhodes had four. Swain and Tucker dished out one each.
Ravenswood had three steals. Morgan had two with Bennett and Swain coming up with the other two.
Price said the No. 2 seed (behind Wheeling Central) wasn’t a big deal. “We really don’t care,” he said. “We’ve been every seed. It just tells us what color uniforms to wear.
“If you don’t take care of business, you’re not advancing.”
This Devil team plans to advance all the way back to Saturday’s championship game for a second straight year.
In other words, the goal checklist is still plentiful.