Runnin’ Red Devils get by Parkersburg Catholic

Mark Martin
Ravenswood freshman Beau Bennett (5) drives to the basket in a recent game at Roane County. Bennett scored 12 points on four 3-pointers in a Devil win over Parkersburg Catholic April 6.

Ravenswood’s boys basketball team was tired.

The Devils were out of sync at times.

But when a team faces such adversity, it must dig deep.

And the red and black did just that last week against Parkersburg Catholic, hanging on for a tight, 69-64, over the Crusaders.

“You could tell it was our third game in four days,” head coach Mick Price said as his team moved to 10-5 overall and 8-2 in the Little Kanawha Conference West Division.

“We were sluggish and not very engaged.”

Price wasn’t pleased with his team’s defense.

But he was happy with how his Devils found a way to get it done against Catholic, a proud LKC program having an uncharacteristic tough season.

The loss sent the Crusaders to 2-12 on the year and 2-8 in league play.

Ravenswood and Catholic were tied at the end of the first quarter, 12-12. The Devils had a three-point edge on Catholic in both the second (17-14) and third (20-17) quarters to provide just enough distance in preserving the win.

Catholic outscored Ravenswood, 21-20, in the final eight minutes of play.

Matthew Carte was one of four players to score in double figures for Ravenswood.

The sophomore had another all-around game by scoring 18 points, handing out 10 assists, grabbing six rebounds and coming away with four steals.

Junior Sean Banks and sophomore Beau Bennett each scored 12 in the win.

All of Bennett’s points came from behind the arc as he nailed four of Ravenswood’s six 3-pointers. Banks had one.

Junior Blake Ball ended the night with 10 points and was Ravenswood’s top rebounder by pulling down eight.

Logan Alfred scored nine, including a 3-pointer.

Drew Hunt finished with seven and dished out three assists.

Colton Goodwin rounded out the scoring with a free throw.

Ravenswood was 24-of-39 from the field. The Devils attempted 14 shots from the 3-point line. At the foul line, Ravenswood finished 15-of-23. Carte made all six of his shots at the stripe.

“We made enough key shots and foul shots down the stretch to hold Catholic off,” Price said.

Price was looking forward to a few days of getting his team some much-needed practice sessions to work on correcting mistakes as the postseason looms.