Runnin’ Red Devils postseason ends quickly in sectionals

Mark Martin
Ravenswood's Drew Hunt (23) pictured in a game earlier this season was the top scorer for the Runnin' Red Devils in a sectional loss to Roane County with 17 points.

Mick Price’s Ravenswood Runnin’ Red Devils were looking forward to getting another shot at Charleston Catholic in the Class AA Region IV, Section 2 Tournament.

First, though, in their postseason journey was a third meeting of the season with Roane County at home. An elimination of the Raiders would provide Ravenswood with that second chance at Catholic, who received the bye as the top-seed in Section 2.

But being unable to make shots foiled the opportunity of advancement in tournament action for Ravenswood.

A tough night scoring points led to the Raiders knocking off the Devils, 47-43. Now it will be Roane instead getting that second shot at Catholic — something the Devils so badly wanted.

Ravenswood had given Catholic, state-ranked throughout the season, one of its more competitive games of the year before falling 45-33 on March 13.

The sectional matchup with Roane was the third meeting of the year for the Devils against their rival. They split during the regular season with Ravenswood winning the first game at home, 41-37, while the Raiders captured the second in Spencer, 57-47.

“It was a tough ending to the season, but Roane was the better team tonight,” Price said following the all-important third showdown. “We played good enough defense to win this sectional game. But basketball is a make shot or miss shot game and we were 8-of-30 from the 3-point line. And we only made 14 field goals for the game. It’s hard to win when you can’t score.”

The victory improved the Raiders to 8-11 on the season while Ravenswood’s 2021 campaign came to a screeching halt at 10-8. The Devils dropped four of their last five games.

Playing on the Old Gymnasium’s Mick Price Court, the visiting Raiders jumped out to a 15-9 lead.

Roane held a 27-23 edge at halftime.

Ravenswood cut the deficit to two, 34-32, going into the fourth quarter — where the Raiders had another edge in the scoring battle, 13-11.

Each team had six players produce points in the game with Roane’s Brayden Miller and Ravenswood’s Drew Hunt sharing scoring honors with 17 each.

Hunt was Ravenswood’s lone double figure scorer as was Miller for Roane.

Ravenswood got nine from Shawn Banks and seven from freshman Logan Alfred.

Beau Bennett finished the contest with five for the Devils with Colton Goodwin adding three and Matthew Carte two.

Hunt knocked down half of Ravenswood’s 3-pointers.

Alfred had two 3s while Goodwin and Bennett had one.

Four different players — Miller, Wyatt Kinder, Lane Epling and Carson Mealy — drilled 3-pointers for the Raiders.

Blake Murray scored nine for Roane with Mealy and Kinder supplying seven each. Epling finished with five and Luke Boggs chipped in two.

Ravenswood was 7-of-12 at the free throw line and Roane hit 7-of-10 attempts from the stripe.

Carte pulled down 10 rebounds for Ravenswood while Goodwin collected eight.

Carte had three assists and Goodwin came up with two steals.

“We just need to keep our heads up and work harder in the offseason to improve,” Price said. “We don’t have any seniors and these guys (coming back) could be special.”