Ravenwood stubs toe at Hillsboro
By Marcus Stone, Sports Editor
Ravenwood’s boys basketball team missed an opportunity to take control of second place in District 11-AAA Tuesday night, losing at Hillsboro 56-47.
The Raptors (14-11, 5-4) have historically struggled in Green Hills according to coach Patrick Whitlock.
“It (was) a typical Ravenwood at Hillsboro game,” he said. “We very rarely play well here for some reason and we looked like, for long spurts, we were nailed to the floor tonight. It’s extremely disappointing considering what’s at stake.”
Hillsboro (18-6, 4-5) led for the majority of a low-scoring first half, entering intermission with a 23-16 advantage. They forced Ravenwood out of their 2-3 zone in the second half as they widened their advantage to double digits as Brandon Cody’s 3-pointer extended the Burros lead to 39-27 early in the fourth quarter.
The Burros increased their lead to as big as 54-40 before Ravenwood went on a 7-2 run in the final minute.
Being forced out of their zone defense was a small issue for the Raptors. The bigger complaint from their coach came out the foul line. Ravenwood made was 8-of-16 from the charity stripe while Hillsboro was 16-of-26.
“You’re not going to beat a good team like Hillsboro when you shoot 50 percent from the line – and when you only shoot 16 free throws,” Whitlock said. “Last time we shot 37 because we were the more aggressive team.”
Ravenwood made erased multiple large deficits throughout the night, most notably cutting a 10-point margin to two in a 1:30 span midway through the third quarter.
Jonathan Allen led the Raptors with 14 points – all coming in the second half. Joey Barnes chipped in with 11 and Jonathan Coles added 10.
Jamonte Davis led Hillsboro with 20 points. He was 8-of-14 from the foul line. Davis was a key player in breaking Ravenwood’s zone defense – making several mid-range jump shots from the corner of the foul line.
Hillsboro’s girls team had little trouble in the night’s early match up, defeating Ravenwood 39-24.
The Raptors (10-5, 1-8) struggled to find the basket in the first half, trailing 22-7 after one half.
Senior Lexi McKay helped Ravenwood to a more-productive second 16 minutes, leading the team with 17 points.
Hillsboro (22-5, 7-2) was led by Jamilah Leonard 17 points and two 3-pointers.
Both Ravenwood’s boys and girls teams look to put their losses behind them as they host Brentwood in 2013’s second edition of the Battle of the Woods Thursday night.
Posted on: 2/5/2013