Prep boys basketball: ’Jackets defeat Devils

WILLIAMSTOWN – Ravenswood got off to a hot start and Jake Martin led all scorers with 18 points, but it wasn’t quite enough Tuesday night as host Williamstown rallied for a 51-41 Little Kanawha Conference North Division victory.

The Red Devils of head coach Mick Price, who have dealt with recent roster changes, wanted to get off on a good note and that happened as the Jackson County gang exploded out of the gate and led by 12.

After Martin and ‘Jacket Dakota Watson traded deuces following the opening tip, Ravenswood went on a 15-3 run and led 17-5 after Heath Burgess drained a left-wing trey with 1:39 to play in the first. Chandler Weber, who hit a trio of 3-pointers and was the only WHS player to score double figures with a baker’s dozen, banked in a trifecta to cut the deficit to 17-8.

Despite having the ball and coach Price telling his team to play for the final shot, that didn’t happen. Following a missed RHS field goal attempt, Williamstown’s Hunter Neely canned a triple with 1.5 seconds to go in the period and that started a huge momentum shift.

While the Red Devils (4-9, 4-4 LKC North) still had a six point cushion, the tide started to turn at the end of the first as head coach Scott Sauro’s Yellowjackets tallied 21 unanswered points to forge ahead 26-17 about midway through the second. Josh DeBolt, who had six points and five boards, opened up the second period with a putback. Consecutive lay-ins by Weber and DeBolt were then followed by three straight 3s – two from Weber with Josh Palmer’s coming in between.

By the time Burgess (nine points) hit a 16-foot baseline jumper to stop the bleeding with 3:35 left in the half, Ravenswood had went 6:04 without a field goal.

A Landon Travis jumper from the elbow with eight seconds left made it 30-21 WHS, but Martin hit a 3 just before the buzzer as the Red Devils only trailed 30-24 at the break.

Ravenswood, which plays Friday at Parkersburg Catholic, cut the deficit to one twice in the third quarter. The last time came at 37-36 after Dalton Gandee, who had 10 points, got a steal and a layup.

The ‘Jackets, now 5-10 overall and 3-6 in the LKC North, scored the first eight points of the fourth to put the game away. Gage Wix, who had a three-point play in the third quarter and finally returned from injury, had a lay-in from a Travis lob as well as a putback in the 8-0 spurt. Wix finished with seven points and Neely chipped in eight for the victors.

Williamstown will seek its third straight win on Friday at Parkersburg Catholic.