Ravenswood downs Madonna; sets up showdown with Notre Dame in Class A state title game

Photos by Jay W. Bennett
Madonna’s Tavon Jeter applies pressure to Ravenswood’s Jayden Rhodes during Friday morning’s Class A state semifinal inside the Charleston Civic Center. The Red Devils defeated the Blue Dons, 41-36.

Photos by Jay W. Bennett Madonna’s Tavon Jeter applies pressure to Ravenswood’s Jayden Rhodes during Friday morning’s Class A state semifinal inside the Charleston Civic Center. The Red Devils defeated the Blue Dons, 41-36.

CHARLESTON — Riley Heatherington flirted with a triple-double and Ravenswood’s defense got the job done here Friday morning inside the Charleston Civic Center as the Red Devils punched their ticket to today’s noon Class A state title game by handing Madonna a 41-36 semifinal setback.

Awaiting head coach Mick Price’s team this afternoon is fourth-seeded Notre Dame, which got a game-high 35 points from Jarrod West, Jr. en route to blowing out No. 1 seed Wheeling Central, 73-51.

“When two teams play like that, it’s not always perfect and it’s not always pretty basketball,” admitted Price, whose squad held the Blue Dons to 26.2 percent shooting (11 of 42) and a season low in points.

“A lot of the credit for us maybe not executing as well as we needed to should go to Weirton Madonna and their coaching staff because they really did a nice job preparing for us.”

Nonetheless, Isaiah Morgan had consecutive key triples in the fourth quarter and finished with 14 points and eight rebounds. Heatherington added 12 points, nine boards and a game-high eight blocks while Jayden Rhodes chipped in 11 points and five rebounds.

Photo by Jay W. Bennett
Ravenswood’s Riley Heatherington, who flirted with a triple-double by scoring 12 points, grabbing nine rebounds and blocking eight shots, shoots a floater as Madonna’s Dustin Brown (22) and Joey Ewusiak (23) defend. Ravenswood takes on Notre Dame at noon today for the Class A state title.

Photo by Jay W. Bennett Ravenswood’s Riley Heatherington, who flirted with a triple-double by scoring 12 points, grabbing nine rebounds and blocking eight shots, shoots a floater as Madonna’s Dustin Brown (22) and Joey Ewusiak (23) defend. Ravenswood takes on Notre Dame at noon today for the Class A state title.

Second-seeded Ravenswood (24-2) held an 18-8 advantage on points in the paint and didn’t allow Madonna to score a single fastbreak point. Stephen Dawson, who left the game early in the fourth with a cut above his eyebrow but returned soon thereafter, contributed four points, five caroms and two assists.

Point guard Hayden Mandrake made some key plays in the final eight minutes and had a game-high three dimes.

“It definitely reminded me of Tug Valley in the regional championship game. They were very physical, but we overcame that and pushed through it,” Heatherington replied when asked if Friday’s tilt was the most physical game he’d been in this season.

Joey Ewusiak, who grabbed a game-high 13 rebounds and tied teammate Tavon Jeter for game-high scoring honors with 15 points apiece, tallied the first five markers for the Blue Dons. However, Madonna (18-9) proceeded to miss its final nine shots of the period as Ravenswood ran off 14 straight points to take a nine-point advantage after one.

When Jeter, who added eight rebounds, scored off the glass to open the second quarter scoring, the Blue Dons had made their first field goal in a span of 6:08.

The Red Devils didn’t dent the scoreboard until 2:25 in when Heatherington convereted in the paint. After Morgan had five straight points, which included his first 3, Mandrake threaded a pass between two defenders for an easy lay-in by Rhodes, who filled the lane. Heatherington added a three-point play and Rhodes made two foul shots for a 14-5 lead. Despite making their first three charity stripe tosses, the Red Devils uncharacteristically connected on just 6 of their final 16 attempts, but Madonna went just 11 of 19 from the stripe.

“Well, as soon as the game was over, I immediately fired my foul-shooting coach,” Price quipped. “We were 9 for 19, so somebody else will be at Ravenswood and I’ll take job applications at 4 o’clock today for tomorrow’s game.

“I thought that was a hard-played, tough-nut game by two teams that didn’t want to go home. I give a lot of credit to Weirton Madonna, man. They played physical and they’re tough.”

A Chase DiBartolomeo trifecta with 3:16 left in the half got Madonna to within three at 17-14 and the Blue Dons finally regained the lead at the 1:44 mark when Jeter scored to make it 18-17. However, Rhodes made a move for a hoop on the baseline and then drained a 3 to give the Red Devils a 22-18 cushion at intermission.

Ravenswood, which will be making its first state championship game appearance since defeating Wyoming East 62-52 to capture the 2009 Class AA crown, led 29-21 with 2:16 left in the third, thanks to a Heatherington reverse lay-in. Madonna, which didn’t make a field goal in the final 4:15 of the fourth, still trailed by just four at 29-25 entering the final eight minutes.

Early in the fourth, the Red Devils missed the front end of the 1-and-1 twice. Following a Jeter three-point play, Ewusiak’s kiss in the lane gave Madonna its final advantage at 30-29 with 5:19 remaining.

Morgan, though, proceeded to drain back-to-back 3s just 36 seconds apart, thanks to assists from Mandrake and Blake Bennett, to give the Red Devils the lead for good.

Two foul shots by Jeter later made it a 35-34 affair, but Heatherington answered with a shot off the glass. With 2:17 left, Jeter was stuffed by Heatherington, but the RHS senior was called for a foul and the Blue Don was unable to convert at the foul line.

Still down just 37-34, Madonna had a chance to tie with a little more than a minute left, but Mandrake took his second charge of the quarter with the foul on Jeter and the Red Devils had the ball with 1:14 to go. Unable to get the ball inbounds, coach Price called for a timeout, but a 10-second violation was whistled with the clock showing 1:05. On the ensuing possession, Ravenswood nearly turned the ball over, but Mandrake was able to gather up a loose ball and throw it off Jeter to keep possession.

Rhodes made two of his final four foul shots and Dawson’s pass to Heatherington for an easy lay-in with nine seconds left sealed the victory.

“We made plays when we needed to make plays to keep it at bay,” Price added. “Isaiah steps up and hits a 3 on the break and he comes back and hits another one off a set. That kind of kept them at bay. I know we missed a couple foul shots in there, but we got some key rebounds down there and then we were able to break the press and get the ball to the other end and keep that clock running.

“These guys really did a nice job of stepping up. I’m so proud of them. They are playing for a state championship. It was our goal and where we want to be and now we just have to get ready to play 32 minutes of basketball.”

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W.Va. Class A State Semifinals

at the Charleston Civic Center

Ravenswood 41, Madonna 36

Madonna 5 13 7 11 — 36

Ravenswood 14 8 7 12 — 41

MADONNA (18-9)

Tavon Jeter 4-14 7-13 15, Jimmy Mazzone 1-2 0-0 3, Chase DiBartolomeo 1-7 0-0 3, Dustin Brown 0-0 0-0 0, Joey Ewusiak 5-15 4-6 15, Hunter Payne 0-1 0-0 0, Tripp Moore 0-3 0-0 0, Justin Canei 0-0 0-0 0; TOTALS: 11-42 11-19 36; 3-point goals: Jeter 0-4, Mazzone 1-2, DiBartolomeo 1-5, Ewusiak 1-3, Payne 0-1, Moore 0-2

RAVENSWOOD (24-2)

Hayden Mandrake 0-3 0-0 0, Jayden Rhodes 3-6 4-6 11, Riley Heatherington 5-13 2-5 12, Isaiah Morgan 5-10 1-2 14, Stephen Dawson 1-2 2-5 4, Blake Bennett 0-0 0-1 0, Lakin Tucker 0-0 0-0 0; TOTALS: 14-34 9-19 41; 3-point goals: Mandrake 0-1, Rhodes 1-3, Heatherington 0-2, Morgan 3-5

Shooting: M 11-42 (26.2%), RW 14-34 (41.2%); 3-pointers: M 3-17, RW 4-11; Rebounds: M 31 (Ewusiak 13, Jeter 8), RW 32 (Heatherington 9, Morgan 8); Assists: M 3 (3 with 1), RW 9 (Mandrake 3, Rhodes, Dawson 2); Steals: M 5 (Mazzone 2), RW 5 (Bennett 2); Blocks: M 2 (Jeter 2), RW 8 (Heatherington 8); Turnovers: M 11, RW 10

Next game: No. 4 Notre Dame vs. No. 2 Ravenswood for Class A state title at noon today.

Notre Dame 73, Wheeling Central 51

Notre Dame 28 12 13 20 — 73

W. Central 17 9 11 14 — 51

NOTRE DAME (22-5)

Noah Bohanna 4-9 2-3 10, Jaret Mullooly 3-6 0-0 7, Jarrod West 11-21 9-11 35, Gabe Zummo 5-13 2-2 14, Blake Cooper 0-0 0-0 0, Jared Fagan 0-0 0-0 0, Ty Lockett 0-1 1-2 1, Andrew Rogers 0-1 0-0 0, James Cava 1-1 0-0 2, Todd Griffith 1-4 2-2 4, Ben McKeen 0-1 0-0 0; TOTALS: 25-57 16-20 42; 3-point goals: West 4, Zummo 2, Mullooly 1

WHEELING CENTRAL (24-3)

John Burkhalter 4-13 0-0 10, Owen Gainer 5-11 5-5 17, Adam Jarrett 3-8 0-0 9, Gabe Rohmann 0-0 0-0 0, Brent Price 5-9 3-5 13, Jaquan Jackson 0-1 0-0 0, Trey Mueller 0-1 0-0 0, Bray Price 1-3 0-0 2, Ian George 0-3 0-0 0; TOTALS:L 18-49 8-10 51; 3-point goals: Jarrett 3, Burkhalter, Gainer 2

Shooting: ND 25-57 (43.9%), WC 18-49 (36.7%); 3-pointers: ND 7-17, WC 7-26; Rebounds: ND 42 (Griffith 10), WC 24 (Gainer 9); Assists: ND 12 (Mullooly, West 4), WC 10 (Bre. Price 6); Steals: ND 8 (Mullooly 3), WC 5 (5 with 1); Blocks: ND 3 (3 with 1), WC 4 (Burkhalter 2); Turnovers: ND 11, WC 14

Class AA State Semifinals

Chapmanville 57, Lincoln 40

Lincoln 8 13 7 12 — 40

Chapmanville 14 8 20 15 — 57

LINCOLN (13-14)

Jonathan Leep 2-3 0-1 6, Kobie Carpenter 2-6 0-0 6, Cory Fazalare 2-6 0-0 5, Chase Riley 8-21 3-5 19, Kyle Owens 1-4 0-0 2, Izzik Haymond 0-1 0-0 0, Evan Frankenberry 0-0 0-0 0, Hunter Moore 0-2 2-2 2; TOTALS: 15-43 5-8 40; 3-point goals: Leep, Carpenter 2, Fazalare 1

CHAPMANVILLE (23-4)

Obinna Anochili-Killen 6-11 2-4 14, Kyle Browning 4-7 2-2 3, Dylan Smith 3-10 1-2 10, Drew Williamson 4-10 0-0 11, Hunter Neil 3-5 0-0 6, Philip Mullins 3-5 0-0 6, Devin Collins 0-3 0-0 0, Tyler Moore 0-0 0-0 0, James Ellis 0-0 0-0 0; TOTALS: 21-48 5-8 57; 3-point goals: Browning, Smith, Williamson 3, Mullins 1

Shooting: L 15-43 (34.9%), C 21-48 (43.8%); 3-pointers: L 5-12, C 10-23; Rebounds: L 24 (Haymond 6), C 34 (Anochili-Killen 12); Assists: L 12 (Fazalare 4), C 15 (Browning 7, Smith 5); Steals: L 3 (Moore 2), C 4 (Smith ); Blocks: L 2 (Fazalare 2), C 10 (Anochili-Killen 8); Turnovers: L 10, C 8

Fairmont Senior 62, Mingo Central 44

Mingo Central 17 4 10 13 — 44

Fairmont Sr. 11 17 12 22 — 62

MINGO CENTRAL (20-7)

Jeremy Dillon 6-19 5-7 18, Aaron Banks 5-7 1-2 11, Drew Hatfield 4-11 0-0 9, Keshean Rhodes 0-6 2-2 2, Canaan Fletcher 0-2 0-0 0, Josh Reed 1-2 0-0 2, Wes Milam 0-0 0-0 0, Daniel Buchanan 1-1 0-0 2; TOTALS: 17-48 8-11 44; 3-point goals: Dillon, Hatfield 1

FAIRMONT SENIOR (24-3)

Tavon Horton 6-15 0-0 13, Zyon Dobbs 4-6 5-7 13, Jalen Bridges 4-11 0-0 11, Justin Lee 4-6 0-0 9, Dante’ Stills 2-4 1-2 5, DeAndre’ Payne 2-5 2-2 7, Dasilas Jones 0-0 0-0 0, Noah Davis 0-0 0-0 0, Nick Stinespring 1-1 0-0 3, Tanner Amos 0-1 1-2 1, Brandon Shields 0-0 0-0 0; TOTALS: 23-49 9-13 34; 3-point goals: Bridges 3, Horton, Lee, Payne, Stinespring 1

Shooting: MC 17-48 (35.4%), FS 23-49 (46.9%); 3-pointers: MC 2-13, FS 7-14; Rebounds: MC 27 (Dillon 8, Banks 7), FS 34 (Stills 12); Assists: MC 5 (Rhodes 2), FS 14 (Dobbs 6); Steals: MC 3 (Dillon 2), FS 6 (Horton 3); Blocks: MC 0, FS 8 (Lee 3); Turnovers: MC 9, FS 7

Class AAA State Semifinals

Capital 52, Morgantown 50

Morgantown 11 13 13 13 — 50

Capital High 15 14 7 16 — 52

MORGANTOWN (20-7)

Jayron Wilson 1-3 1-2 3, Torin Hanson 6-12 3-8 18, Nicky Solomon 8-14 1-2 17, Lamar Haskins 1-1 0-3 2, Adam Hill 0-2 4-7 4, Deon Agnew 2-2 0-0 4, Drew Selders 1-1 0-0 2, Rance Blakney 0-0 0-0 0, Nick Malone 0-4 0-0 0; TOTALS: 19-39 9-22 50; 3-point goals: Hanson 3

CAPITAL (23-4)

Kerry Martin 2-5 1-2 5, Leondre Rogers 4-12 10-14 18, Anthony Pittman 4-9 3-4 13, K.J. Figures 1-1 0-0 2, Dorien Etheridge 0-0 1-2 1, C.J. Wilder 2-3 0-0 4, Jabbar Thompson 1-4 0-1 2, Tevan Pinkett 0-2 0-0 0, Anthony Dean 3-5 1-2 7; TOTALS: 17-41 16-25 52; 3-point goals: Pittman 2

Shooting: M 19-39 (48.7%), C 17-41 (41.5%); 3-pointers: M 3-7, C 2-11; Rebounds: M 27 (Solomon, Malone 6), C 31 (Wilder 9, Pittman 8); Assists: M 8 (Wilson, Solomon 3), C 8 (Rogers 4); Steals: M 7 (Haskins 2), C 10 (3 with 2); Blocks: M 0, C 3 (3 with 1); Turnovers: M 14, C 13

Huntington 73, Univesrity 65

Huntington 15 20 11 27 — 73

University 20 11 14 20 — 65

HUNTINGTON (21-5)

Jadon Hayes 1-2 1-1 2. Grant Subik 4-6 7-8 18, Mikal Dawson 7-11 9-10 26, John Dawson 5-11 3-4 15, Dewey Brown 3-3 0-0 6, Andrew Shull 1-2 0-0 3, Tanner Stevens 1-1 0-0 3, Darnell Wright 0-2 0-0 0, TOTALS: 23-38 19-23 73. 3-point goals: 10-19 (Subik 3, M. Dawson 3, J. Dawson 2, Shull 1, Stevens 1

UNIVERSITY (24-3)

Kaden Matheny 3-9 0-0 9,. Holton Summers 4-8 2-2 13, Ethan Ridgeway 5-13 2-2 14, Geoff Hamperian 6-9 2-5 14, Auston Forbes1-9 6-8 8, Clay Bailey 2-6 0-0 5, Storm Leftridge 1-2 0-0 2, Ryan McCord 0-1 0-0 0, TOTALS: 22-56 12-17 65. 3-point goals: 9-30 (Metheny 3, Summers 3, Ridgeway 2, Bailey 1

Rebounds: Hunt. 28 (Wright 7), Univ. 28 (Hamperian 11); Assists: Hunt. 11 (Hayes 4), Univ. 12 (Summers 3); Steals: Hunt. 11 (Subik 3), Univ. 13; Turnovers;: Hunt. 19, Univ. 14

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