Prep boys basketball: Board work lifts Yellowjackets past Red Devils, 72-57

WILLIAMSTOWN – As much as Williamstown worked the glass against Ravenswood, the Yellowjackets could have used some Windex.

Tuesday night at Williamstown High School, the Yellowjackets nearly doubled the Red Devils in the rebounding department and snapped a two-game losing streak by posting a 72-57 victory.

In the first half alone, Williamstown had more offensive rebounds (14) than Ravenwood had total rebounds (10). The end result was a 41-21 edge on the boards for the Yellowjackets, who improved to 6-3 and 4-1 in the Little Kanawha Conference’s North Division.

“Williamstown just killed us on the boards,” Ravenswood coach Mick Price after his ballclub watched its three-game winning streak fall by the wayside. “Every time they threw it up and missed a shot, they just went and got it. They were just tougher on the boards than we were.”

Ravenswood actually gained the advantage at the outset by knocking down two 3-pointers in the first five minutes and building a 16-10 lead. The Red Devils made just one 3-pointer the rest of the way.

The Red Devils maintained a two-point lead at 19-17 at the quarter break when Williamstown used a 15-4 surge to open the second period and move in front to stay at 32-23. Yellowjacket freshman Brad Alsup drained a pair of 3-pointers during that seven-minute span.

Williamstown expanded the cushion to as many as 12 points in the third quarter when Chandler Weber converted Dakota Watson’s feed on a 2-on-1 fast break to put the Yellowjackets in front 45-33 with 4 1/2 minutes still remaining in the period.

With Ravenswood trailing 51-43 entering the fourth quarter, Williamstown scored on its first five possessions of the period. Weber was responsible for nine points during the 11-2 run which increased the gap to 60-45 at the 3 1/2-minute mark.

Weber finished with 20 points and six rebounds.

“I looked at my teammates and I just wanted to win,” Weber said. “I just wanted to stretch the lead.”

Ravenswood stepped up the pressure and managed to slice the deficit to 65-55 on two of Jake Martin’s 16 points, but three free throws from Williamstown’s Landon Travis put the game on ice with 45 seconds remaining in regulation. The sophomore finished with a double-double after scoring 22 points to go with 12 rebounds.

“This win feels good,” Travis said. “Now we have to get another one.”

Also posting a double-double for the Yellowjackets was post player Gage Wix, who finished with 16 points and 11 rebounds. Dakota Watson dished out a team-high six assists.

“Ravenswood has a good rebounding team – they are very physical,” Williamstown coach Scott Sauro said. “So we really wanted to make that a point of emphasis that we wanted to rebound better.

“Our last two games we were outrebounded, so we’ve worked on trying to become a better rebounding team.”

Heath Burgess led Ravenwood with 17 points on 8-of-11 shooting and handed out three assists.

“We did just a terrible job with rebounding and we didn’t execute on offense either,” Price said. “A lot of that had to do with Williamstown.”