Runnin’ Red Devils will look quite familiar next season

Mark Martin

Veteran Ravenswood boys basketball coach Mick Price will need no introductions to his team for the 2021-22 season.

That’s because they all were around for the COVID-19 campaign of 2021 (it didn’t start until March due to the pandemic).

Price didn’t have a single senior on a squad which finished 10-8 (8-2 in the Little Kanawha West Division). Thus, he looks forward to what the future brings.

“Never before in my coaching career (which started as a head coach at Sistersville in the season of 1977-78) have I not had at least one senior," said Price. "That was different."

Like all teams in West Virginia, the Devils battled the elements of COVID-19.

"I was proud of them for how they handled things," Price said.

His team did experience a slide at the end of the year, which he feels could be a motivator for the upcoming season.

"I'm hoping with the maturing and experience and working and getting ready for next season that we can be a good team," Price said. "But they’ve got to work. They've got to work in the offseason. They can’t stay the same. I was disappointed at the end of our season and how it ended. And I hope our kids are just as disappointed as I was and work at their game to do something about it.

"It should be exciting. We’ve got nine guys back that played varsity basketball. We have the 100-year basketball celebration. These guys should be excited about next season. Hopefully we’ll have the fans back. These kids played in a lot of empty gyms this year."

Matthew Carte, a sophomore who made Class A Second Team All-State, led Ravenswood in scoring with an average of 14.6 points per game. He played in all 18 games during the season.

Sophomore Drew Hunt, who appeared in 16 games, averaged 8.7.

Ashton Miller, a junior, scored 8.2 a contest in 11 appearances. His season was cut short due to an injury.

Junior Shawn Banks played in 14 games and contributed 7.7.

Freshman Logan Alfred, junior Blake Ball and freshman Beau Bennett all scored over five a contest. Alfred appeared in 17 games and scored 5.8 per contest. Ball, who also played in 17 games, averaged 5.6 a contest and Bennett produced 5.4 in 18 games.

Colton Goodwin, a junior, averaged 4.3 a game.

Carte also led the team in rebounds, pulling down 5.3. Miller and Ball each averaged 5.1 a game off the glass.

Goodwin was the steals leader with 29 followed by Carte with 25.

Carte dished out 66 assists this season to pace the Devils in that department.

Alfred was the top shooter from the floor percentage wise (67), hitting 35-of-52. Miller was the best at the free throw line, knocking down 22-of-25 (80 percent).

Bennett connected on 22 shots from the 3-point line. Carte nailed 19 and Hunt 18.

Alfred led the team in blocks with 18.

Ravenswood outscored its opposition 54.1 to 49.3.

The Devils top game offensively this season was against Wahama when they scored 77.

Their best defensive effort came against Wirt County, limiting the Tigers to just 27 points.