Runnin’ Red Devils have busy stretch

Mark Martin

This would have been State Tournament week in Charleston for West Virginia boys basketball.

But due to two delays, it marked just the second full week of the regular season thanks to COVID-19.

Even though the postseason is a ways off, Ravenswood’s Runnin’ Red Devils got a slight taste of a tournament environment on Monday by getting an invite to the Par Mar Shootout in the Big House inside West Virginia State University’s Walker Convocation Center.

Ravenswood met Huntington St. Joe in the first game of the three-day affair.

The St. Joe game was sandwiched between a Saturday meeting with Charleston Catholic and Williamstown.

Charleston Catholic 45-Ravenswood 33

In what is believed to have been the first-ever meeting between Ravenswood and Fighting Irish, the Devils suffered a tough 45-33 loss at the sparkling Charleston Catholic Athletic Facility.

“We had our chances,” said veteran head coach Mick Price after the loss of a game that was much closer than the final score indicated.

Ravenswood and Charleston Catholic are both now a part of Class AA’s Region IV, Section 2 in the state’s new four-class setup.

Catholic was ranked third in Class AA this week while Ravenswood was ninth.

“It was good to see them. Because there’s a chance we will play them in the postseason,” Price said. “They have a nice team.

Catholic, under second-year head coach Hunter Moles, was 19-5 last season and was the No. 2 seed in the Class A field of the State Tournament…a State Tournament that was canceled because of COVID.

The Irish return standout seniors in Aiden Satterfield, a First Team All-Stater in 2020, and Zion Suddeth, who made Second Team. Satterfield will take his talents to NCAA Division II West Liberty State University, a member of the Mountain East Conference, while Suddeth will suit up for rival Wheeling University.

While Ravenswood never led in the contest, the Devils managed to stay within striking distance of the Irish until the waning moments of the fourth quarter.

Catholic led 8-6 at the end of the first quarter and took a 26-21 advantage into the locker room at halftime. Ravenswood outscored Catholic, 9-8, in the third before the Irish owned a 15-8 edge in the final eight minutes of play.

Catholic hit 11-of-15 free throws in the game. Ravenswood had just five chances at the line and made only one of those attempts.

Satterfield led Catholic with 11. Fellow senior J.P. McCutcheon finished with 10. Suddeth had seven.

Matthew Carte was Ravenswood’s leader with nine points. Drew Hunt contributed seven.

Shawn Banks finished with five and Ashton Miller scored four in the Saturday night showdown. Beau Bennett and Colton Goodwin both scored three while Blake Ball added two.

Carte, Hunt, Goodwin, and Bennett all had a 3-pointer in the loss. The Devils attempted nine from behind the arc.

Ravenswood was 14-of-28 from the field. 

Suddeth and Satterfield each had a 3-pointer for Catholic.

Ravenswood 65-St. Joe 41

Leading a tight game at the half, 21-17, the Devils blew things open in the third quarter by outscoring St. Joe’s version of the Irish, 22-7.

Carte and Hunt led the Devils in points with 15 each. Ball also hit double figures with 10.

Banks added eight, Miller finished with seven and Bennett had six.

Logan Alfred and Cameron Taylor closed the scoring with two points each.

Ravenswood was 28-of-55 from the field. The Devils hit 4-of-19 shots from the 3-point line. Bennett had two while Carte and Hunt each knocked down one. At the line, the red and black hit 5-of-7.

The Devils had 39 rebounds in the contest with Ball pulling down a game-high nine. Carte had eight while Miller and Goodwin grabbed six each.

Carte had six assists with Hunt and Miller dishing out three each. Hunt had three steals.

Williamstown 56-Ravenswood 35

Class AA’s No. 1-ranked Yellowjackets stormed out to a 17-6 edge at the end of the first quarter and never looked back in producing a 56-35 victory on the road.

Carte topped the Ravenswood scoring with 10. Ball had eight, Banks scored six, Hunt delivered five, Miller finished with four and Goodwin added two.

Ravenswood was 16-of-45 from the field. Miller had the team’s lone 3-pointer.

Ball was the top rebounder with six with Carte and Banks chipping in five each. Goodwin had two steals and Carte two assists.

Ravenswood dropped the junior varsity game, 38-34. Cameron Taylor had 14 points to lead the way. Anthony Anglin and Logan Alfred scored six, Blake Bibbee finished with four while Colton Riggs and Zane Balis both scored two.