Big Blacks deal Ravenswood fifth loss of season

RAVENSWOOD-Veteran Ravenswood head coach Mick Price is already making his plans to attend the graduations of several of the Red Devils’ opponents this May. After Friday night’s 77-67 setback to Ohio River rival Point Pleasant you can bet one of those will be the home of the Big Blacks.

“They (Wade Martin and Alex Sommerville) have started for them for four years and every time we play them they shoot the lights out,” Price said. “We knew that they (Point) were going to be more athletic than us, but when they shoot the ball like they did tonight, it makes it very difficult for us to play with them.”

And, that was the case at the Pit as the Big Blacks (8-6) connected on 16 of their 30 shots during the first 16 minutes of action (53.3 percent) and never looked back. The Red Devils, who play host to Little Kanawha Conference North Division opponent Doddridge County at 7:30 p.m. tonight, weren’t as productive as leading scorers Jake Martin and Riley Heathington combined to go 0-for-15 in the first half as the visitors took a 12-point, 39-27, advantage to the locker rooms at the intermission.

Martin, who came into the game averaging 21.3 points per game, heated up during the second half and tied the Big Blacks’ Sommerville for game-high scoring honors with 25. But, it was too little, too late as the Red Devils dropped to 6-5 on the season.

Junior Isaac Crow finished with a double-double (13 points and 10 rebounds) while Heatherington, only a freshman, chipped in 10 points. In addition to Sommerville, who also hauled down eight rebounds, Wade Martin chipped in 20 points, seven steals and six assists while junior Aden Yates finished with 10 points and 11 rebounds for a double-double.

“They (Point) are a really good team,” continued Price. “And, there were times tonight when I was very happy with the way we played. But, there were also times when we didn’t play well and we have to find a way to correct that.”

Ravenswood will have little time, however, for that as the Red Devils play host to Doddridge County tonight and then entertain LKC North rivals Williamstown and Tyler Consolidated on Tuesday and Friday, respectively.

“We don’t have any time to worry about this one with Doddridge coming in on Saturday and Williamstown and Tyler next week. Those are two very tough teams and the way we are struggling at times offensively, we will have our hands full with both.”

Despite its shooting woes, Ravenswood was able to slice the deficit to nine, 41-32, on a Heathington deuce at the 6:20 mark of the third quarter and again on a Jake Martin jumper (43-34) with six minutes showing on the clock.

But, Point would go on an 11-0 run over the next 2 1/2 minutes to forge a 54-34 advantage and the Red Devils would get not closer than nine points the rest of the game.