Devilettes sidelined in state tournament to PC
State tournament games are what they are.
They can be filled with joy.
They can instill heartache.
Ravenswood’s Red Devilettes suffered the latter Tuesday evening inside the Charleston Coliseum and Convention Center as they played a Class AA quarterfinal round game at the West Virginia High School Girls State Basketball Tournament.
As the No. 8 seed, Ravenswood was faced with the task of trying to knock off No. 1 seed Parkersburg Catholic.
The Crusaderettes weren’t about to let that happen.
Just up the road from Ravenswood in Wood County, Catholic came to Charleston still hurting from a year ago.
Catholic felt a championship was taken away from them in 2020.
After beating Tucker County in their opening round game of Class A, the entire state tournament was shut down due to COVID-19 concerns.
Catholic’s game was played on the second of the four-day affair and was the ninth of a 21-game schedule.
Sporting an unbeaten record, Catholic’s season (in addition to others) ended abruptly.
Playing up a class in 2021, the Crusaderettes started strong and Ravenswood happened to be the one standing in the way.
Catholic jumped to a 16-4 lead after the first quarter in the tournament opener with Ravenswood and never looked back in posting a 65-22 victory.
The win was the 43rd consecutive for the Catholic program.
The Crusaderettes had beaten Ravenswood during the regular season, 63-39, on March 29.
Ravenswood head coach Cara Williams knew what her crew might be in for, but she felt the Devilettes entered with plenty of confidence Tuesday evening and remained gritty throughout the game.
While they lost to an excellent foe, the loss of any game stings — and certainly on the big stage of the state tournament.
Ravenswood’s appearance in Charleston was the program’s first since 2012 — which happened to be the first for Williams at the helm of her alma mater.
Besides the first quarter, Catholic outscored Ravenswood in the remaining three.
Ravenswood managed only four points in quarters 1, 2 and 3 before producing 10 in the finale.
Annie Hunt, playing in her final game as a Ravenswood Devilette, closed out a splendid career with eight points.
Emily Wratchford, a sophomore, scored six for Ravenswood. Maci Mosser scored four.
Hadleigh McGoskey and Libby Hall rounded out the scoring with two each.
Ravenswood was 10-of-35 from the field. The Devilettes were unable to make a 3-point attempt in 11 tries.
At the free throw line, Ravenswood hit 2-of-6 shots.
Wratchford grabbed four rebounds while Hunt pulled down three. Sami Maxson and Evelyn Stoneman both had two boards.
Mosser and Wratchford each had two steals.
Mosser dished out two assists.
Catholic took advantage of 22 Ravenswood turnovers and turned them into 32 points.
Catholic had 18 second chance points and 30 in the paint.
Of Ravenswood’s 22 points, 16 came in the paint.
Catholic had four double-figure scorers in moving to 17-0 on the season.
Leslie Huffman was the leader with 16.
Aaliyah Brunny scored 11.
Mary Tokodi-Ruth and Jocelynn Thorn each added 10.
Catholic was 22-of-54 from the field and made 5-of-17 free throws.
The Crusderettes hit 16-of-23 free throws.
Ravenswood ended a season, which at times was plagued by COVID-19, with a mark of 8-8.
While the loss hurts and the absence of Hunt will be a huge void to fill, the return of so many young players, who now have state tournament experience, makes for a bright future for Red Devilette basketball.