Martin, Crow lead Ravenswood past ’Jackets

RAVENSWOOD – Jake Martin hit a 3-pointer to open the scoring for host Ravenswood here Tuesday night and the Red Devils never trailed in picking up a 49-43 triumph versus Williamstown in a Little Kanawha Conference North Division affair.

Williamstown, still playing without injured sophomore Gage Wix, trailed 16-8 after one and 20-12 at intermission as the two squads combined to miss 20 of 23 field goals in the second quarter.

Isaac Crow, who had a game-high 16 rebounds for the victors and missed a double-double by one point, gave RHS its first double digit lead at 20-10 on a putback with 2:15 left before the break. The Yellowjackets, mired in an eight-game losing skid, cut the deficit to eight when Chandler Weber tallied two of his 10 counters on a short bank shot at the 1:09 mark. The visitors opened the stanza with nine consecutive misses.

Martin tallied eight of his game-high 19 points in the third quarter and his deep bomb on the wing from a Dalton Gandee assist had the Yellowjackets (3-8, 2-4 LKC North) in a 35-23 hole late in the period. However, ‘Jacket point guard Dakota Watson took a pass from Josh DeBolt, who had six points and 15 caroms, and let one fly from halfcourt before the buzzer sounded to end the third and rattled it in to cut the deficit to nine.

Hunter Neely, who led the ‘Jackets with 12 points, found Weber open to start the fourth from beyond the arc and after his trey was followed by a 14-foot Josh Palmer jumper the ‘Jackets only trailed by four.

As it turned out, the visitors never got any closer than that the rest of the way. Gandee answered Palmer’s deuce with a triple for part of his 11-point effort when he drained one from deep after Heath Burgess found him wide open.

Williamstown, which plays Friday at Tyler Consolidated, cut the deficit to five on four more occasions in the fourth, but couldn’t get it back to a one possession game.

Jacob Barr chipped in eight points for the Red Devils, who improved to 3-7 overall and 3-3 in the LKC North. RHS, which snapped a three-game losing streak itself, will try and make it two in a row on Friday night when the Red Devils travel to rival Ripley.