Ravenswood overcomes slow start to down PC

PARKERSBURG-The first time Parkersburg Catholic and Ravenswood met on the basketball court this season, Crusaderette sophomore Reily Sturm poured in a game-high 24 points in a 59-57 setback to the Red Devilettes.

Sturm, who suffered a torn ligament in her right knee in a loss to St. Marys last week, was unavailable for Saturday’s rematch between the two Little Kanawha Conference North Division rivals. But, Alex Schaffer’s team-high 16 points and Alexis Saunders’ 11 points were almost enough as Ravenswood needed a fourth quarter rally to overcome the Columbia blue and white, 62-48, on Senior Night.

“Any win at Catholic is a big win,” Ravenswood head coach Cara Williams said. “They always come to play and tonight they had to play without one of their best players in (Reily) Sturm.

“But, like all good teams, they had kids who stepped up and made plays. We got a little bit out of control in the second half, but I’m very proud of the way our kids hung in there at the in.”

With the victory the Devilettes improved to 10-4 overall and 6-3 in the North and could nail down the No. 2 slot in the division with wins over Doddridge County on Tuesday and Tyler Consolidated on Wednesday.

“Every year our goal is to win the North, but when that became impossible, then our goal was to get back to the Night of Champions and play in the third place game,” Williams said.

For a long time, however, even that was up for grabs as Parkersburg Catholic, now 5-14 overall and 4-6 in North play, jumped out to an 8-2 lead to open the game and held a five-point, 44-39, advantage with 6:15 left in the game.

That’s when Ravenswood’s Taylor Treadway, Kayla Scritchfield and Hailey Miller took over.

A Kindsey Torris lay-in ignited a 17-4 run by the visitors over the final six minutes. Treadway, who tallied a game-high 24 points, was responsible for nearly half of those points (8), while Scritchfield hit on all four of her free throws down the wire and Miller’s defense took Schaffer away from the Crusaderettes’ offensive attack.

Treadway’s lay-in with 5:32 on the clock sliced the PC lead to one, 44-43, then reserve Claudia Cubides knotted the game at 44 by connecting on one-of-two from the charity stripe.

PC, which plays at Belpre on Tuesday, took the lead again (45-44) on a free throw by Saunders with 4:06 on the clock. But, that would be the final points scored by the hosts until the 1:44 mark while a three-point play by Cubides was followed by a lay-in by Miller, and a rebound bucket by Haylie Reynolds to give the Devilettes the lead for good, 51-45.

Ravenswood, which made good on 20-of-28 shots from the free throw line, made sure that its hosts would not claw back by nailing all, but one of their 12 charity shots down the stretch.

Joining Treadway in double figures for Ravenswood were Miller and Scritchfield with 13 and 12 points, respectively.