Crusaderettes succumb to Youell tide

PARKERSBURG – Sophomore Alex Schaffer scored 18 of her game high 22 points in the first-half and the Crusaderettes went into the locker room with a 16-point lead only to see it dissipate as Ravenswood (8-5) rallied back to win 56-53 at Parkersburg Catholic (8-5) Monday night.

Ravenswood won very few battles in the first half after winning the opening tip as Parkersburg Catholic went on a 15-8 run to pull out to a seven-point lead at the end of the first quarter. The Crusaderettes opened the scoring with a three-point bomb from Reily Sturm just 37 seconds into the game. Ravenswood went on to score the next two buckets to pull ahead 4-3 for their first and only lead of the first half. Catholic scored 10 of the next 12 points to get the score to 15-8 at the end of one.

In the second quarter, the Crusaderettes scored eight of the first 10 points and then went up 23-10 when sophmore Alex Schaffer drained back-to-back treys to increase the advantage to 13.

“Schaffer is a shot taker and a scorer,” said coach Marty Vierheller.

Vierheller was impressed with Schaffer, who hit three shots from downtown to go along with six two-pointers. The two threes by Schaffer would start a 16-8 run for the Crusaderettes over the final 4:46 of the second quarter as the buzzer sounded at halftime with the score, 36-20, in favor of Catholuc. Ravenswood all-state selection Hannah Murray was unable to get going in the first half, picking up two early fouls and only connecting on one bucket for the visiting squad.

The first three minutes of the second half opened with only one basket being made by either team, as Taylor Youell hit a three with 7:35 remaining to pull Ravenswood within 13. The poor shooting for both teams ended at 4:42 when the Red Devils would finally find a shooting touch and go on a 14-8 run to narrow the deficit to 10, 44-34, heading into the final period of play. Youell scored nine of her team leading 20 points in the third period and accounted for all but five points scored by the Red Devils in the quarter.

It appeared as if Catholic would right the ship in the beginning of the final stanza with consecutive makes by all-state first teamer Leah Hughes and Alex Schaffer, however it was not to be.

Over the next four minutes, Ravenswood would chip away at the lead going on a 17-6 run to capture its first lead of the game with 1:50 remaining.

Catholic would not be able to gain the lead again, closing to within one in the final 10 seconds until an intentional foul by Sturm with seven seconds left gave Ravenswood the two foul shots and the ball. Youell made one of two free throws and then teammate Hailey Miller did the same to go up by three as Parkersburg Catholic fouled to stop the clock. Catholic had the ball and the last shot but it hit nothing but air and fell harmlessly to the gym floor to secure the win for the Red Devils.

“We should have won this game tonight, we just didn’t play Parkersburg Catholic basketball in the secondhalf and Ravenswood made us pay for it,” sighed coach Vierheller. “We will get back to playing Parkersburg Catholic basketball and look to get back to winning ways again Wednesday night at Tyler Consolidated.”

The Red Devils will look to string together back-to-back wins Thursday night when they host the Yellowjackets of Williamstown (6-5).