Court battle of the Devils won by the Blues
Missing two key components — one a starter and the other a solid contributor off the bench — the Ravenswood Runnin’ Red Devils fell in an important Little Kanawha Conference matchup on Tuesday, March 23, against the Blue Devils of St. Marys, 64-59.
Both sophomore Drew Hunt, a member of the starting five, and junior Sean Banks, who is the first substitute used by head coach Mick Price, were both out for the showdown on the home court of the Blue Devils.
And while not having the two was a huge blow, the veteran head coach in no way wanted to use their absence as an excuse with his team dropping to 5-4 overall and 4-2 in the LKC West Division.
“Take nothing away from St. Marys, they just outplayed us from start to finish,” Price said following the loss. “They had us on our heels the entire night.”
St. Marys outscored Ravenswood in every quarter. The Blue Devils led 14-11 after eight minutes of play and stretched the advantage to 32-22 by halftime. St. Marys had a 12-10 scoring edge in the third quarter over Ravenswood and 20-17 in the final period.
Grant Barnhart erupted for 25 points in the victory by the Blue Devils.
“The Barnhart kid lit us up for 25,” Price said. “We tried, but we just didn’t have anybody who could stop him.”
Ben Long also hit double figures for SM with 17.
Sophomore Matthew Carte led the way for Ravenswood with 13 points followed by junior Colton Goodwin with 12.
Junior Ashton Miller and freshman Logan Alfred scored eight and six, respectively, for the Red Devils.
Freshman Beau Bennett finished with six points for Ravenswood while Blake Ball chipped in two.
Ravenswood shot 20-of-50 from the field. The Devils landed 6-of-17 attempts from the 3-point line. Goodwin buried a trio of 3-pointers with Carte, Bennett and Alfred each knocking down one.
Goodwin was Ravenswood’s top rebounder with six. Carte pulled down five in the loss.
Carte and Miller each had three assists while Goodwin came up with three steals.
St. Marys also captured a victory in the junior varsity game, 58-46.
Ravenswood’s Anthony Anglin produced 13 points in the defeat with Blake Bibbee delivering 12. Hayden Shockey, Zane Balis and Cameron Taylor each had six. Colton Riggs rounded it out for Ravenswood with four.
Ravenswood’s JV dropped to 3-4.