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Devilettes second half surge ends Lady Tigers season


Chapmanville's Haley Fleming (1) puts up a shot over a Ravenswood defender in the first quarter of the Lady Tigers Class AA quarterfinal game against the Develettes Thursday night at the Charleston Coliseum & Convention Center (Bill Lusk/ WVOW Sports).


Bill Lusk | WVOW Sports


CHARLESTON   A nearly seven-minute stretch spanning the third and fourth quarters was what Ravenswood needed to eliminate Chapmanville Thursday night in the Class AA quarterfinals at the Charleston Coliseum & Convention Center.


The fourth-seeded Develettes went on an 18-2 run in 6:51, taking the lead for good and defeated the Lady Tigers 45-34.


"I am proud of these girls and the job they did today. We didn't shoot the ball very well in the first half and (we) could've let that affect us going into the second half," Ravenswood coach Cara Williams said. "But we didn't, we kept plugging along and finally had some shots fall and came together at the right time."


Ravenswood trailed 19-15 at halftime and when Chapmanville's Alaira Evans knocked down a jumper in the paint with 2:16 remaining in the third quarter, the Lady Tigers had a five-point lead, 25-20.


Ravenswood pulled to within two on a 3-pointer from Kadi Price and tied it at 25 when Maci Messer scored with 1:16 left in the third quarter.


Six seconds into the fourth quarter, Price drained her second 3 of the half giving Ravenswood a 3-point lead, 28-25. It would be a lead the Develettes would not surrender despite Chapmanville drawing to within one, 28-27, on Hannah Miller's layup with 7:35 to play.


Ravenswood put the game out of reach with a 10-0 run over the next 3:41. Brooklyn Adams started the scoring with a free throw, Mosser and Price each scored in the paint followed by another basket from Mosser and Emily Wratchford finished the run with a 3-point play to put the Develettes up 38-27 with 3:54 to play.


Ravenswood, who shot 6-for-26 in the first half, was 9-of-22 in the second half, The Develettes made five of their seven shots from the field in the fourth quarter and finished the game 15-of-48 shooting.


"I thought our patience offensively was really good in the second half, we didn't force shots, which we did in the first half, and we took quick shots that we didn't need to take,"" Williams said. "We did a much better job in the second half settling down, taking what they gave us and staying locked in and focused."


Chapmanville never got closer than 38-30 on Jaiden Mahon's layup with 3:41 to play.


Despite outshooting Ravenswood in terms of percentage, the Lady Tigers could never find an offensive flow and was 12 of 38 from the field and 3 of 13 from 3-point range.


"We felt like we clearly didn't give our best game, especially offensively," Chapmanville coach Kristianna Gore said. "I felt like holding them to 45, you got a good chance to win the game, but we didn't enough on the offensive end unfortunately."


Evans, a senior and only player on the Chapmanville roster with state tournament experience, scored a game-high 17 points and hauled seven rebounds.


Chapmanville was making its first state tournament appearance in 13 years while Ravenswood, who improved to 19-6 with the victory, was making its second consecutive appearance in the Class AA quarterfinals.


"They (Ravenswood) are a good team and they have been here quite a bit. I think experience played a little bit of a role and obliviously there are a little bit of jitters having 14 out of the 15 kids on our roster having not been here," Gore said. "The kids on our roster haven't been here, haven't played in this moment and haven't played in this environment. I have not been in this environment. It's a new experience for us and one that we are hopeful becomes familiar."


Ravenswood forced Chapmanville into 14 turnovers and turned them into 13 points while committing just seven turnovers of their own.


"We're quick, we have a lot of team speed, we can sit down in a stance and guard one-on-one pretty well (and) that keeps us out of help rotation," Williams said. "We're crafty in a lot of ways. They can bait you into thinking you have more room than you do, (so) definitely a great effort on the defensive end of the floor."


Wratchford led Ravenswood with 13 points, Mosser scored 10 points and Price came off the bench to finish with eight points. Adams scored seven points and had a game-high eight rebounds for the Develettes.


"She (Price) has done such a good job this year coming off the bench, and it's a hard job," Williams said. "You get out there, warm up and then go sit on the bench. She never panics when she comes in, she comes in and she does her job. She sparks us, and that's all you can ask for from a sixth man."


Chapmanville was able to hold Ravenswood leading scorer Hadleigh McGoskey to just four points on 0-of-7 shooting from the field.


"The approach was to shut her down, we weren't going to let Hadleigh beat us, and had you told me that we held her to four points I would think that the outcome would be different," Gore said. "They had a few kids step up and hit some big shots and we struggled in our defensive rotations a little bit whenever they were on the perimeter."


"Struggled a little bit at times on the glass and they were able to sneak in and get a few offensive boards against us," Gore said. "Wratchford, we started out pretty well, but she got to the paint on us a few times and we didn't do a really nice job of closing that off the entire game."


Chapmanville ends the season with a record of 15-10. Gore, who said that Chapmanville didn't want to be the first in the media room following the game, was pleased with the season that had it challenges at the beginning of the year and a schedule that featured six state tournament teams, five of those six played in the semifinals of their respective class and five additional teams advanced to the regional finals.


"(I am) extremely proud of the season we've had. We played a really difficult schedule," Gore said. "We battled a lot of adversity this season with injuries to multiple starters and illness, and we had a starter out for a little over a month. It has been an up and down year, and I am proud that we were able to finish the season here."


Class AA Quarterfinals (Charleston Coliseum & Convention Center- Charleston, WV)

Ravenswood 45, Chapmanville 34

Chapmanville Lady Tigers (15-10)

Fleming 2-9 0-0 4, Miller 1-2 0-0 2, Farley 2-4 2-2 6, Mahon 2-8 1-2 5, Evans 5-12 4-4 17, Christian 0-2 0-0 0, Blair 0-1 0-0 0. Totals: 12-38 7-8 34.

Ravenswood Devilettes (19-6)

Wratchford 4-10 5-7 13, Mosser 4-11 2-3 10, McGoskey 0-7 4-6 4, Adams 3-10 1-2 7, Street 1-4 0-0 3, Price 3-6 0-0 8. Totals: 15-48 12-18 45.


Chapmanville 10 9 6 9- 34

Ravenswood 9 6 10 20- 45

3-point field goals_Chapmanville 3-13 (Farley 0-1, Mahon 0-4, Evans 3-6, Christian 0-1, Blair 0-1), Ravenswood 3-15 (Wratchford 0-2, Mosser 0-2, McGoskey 0-4, Street 1-3, Price 2-3). Fouled out_Farley. Rebounds_Chapmanville 31 (Evans 7), Ravenswood 33 (Adams 8). Assists_Chapmanville 8 (Fleming), Ravenswood 7 (Wratchford 4). Total fouls_Chapmanville 15, Ravenswood 7. Technicals_None.









 



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