Ravenwood advances to Semi-finals, Summit's season over
By Austin Stanley, for the Herald
Ravenwood outscored Summit 24-10 in the third quarter, finishing the Spartan’s season with a 59-47 Raptor victory.
A 24-21 Ravenwood lead at halftime exploded in the third with offensive bursts from seniors Matthew Hailey and Nate Fischbach, each scoring 7 points in the quarter. Hailey finished with a game high 17 points hitting three deep 3-pointers in the process.
“I think (Hailey) is by far the best offensive player in our district,” Raptor coach Patrick Whitlock said. “He knows how to score, how to use screens, how to dribble. When he has big nights it helps us.”
After an 8 point first quarter, Hailey was held scoreless in the second quarter by a Summit defense that forced him to give up the ball. Whitlock knew his team needed another spurt from his leading scorer and changed up the game plan at halftime.
“In the second half we had to run him off some screens and get him open a different way,” Whitlock said.
Another key to the offensive surge was junior point guard Nick Gleason. Gleason finished with only six points Thursday night, but flirted with double-digit assists as he constantly found open teammates for buckets.
“Nick is an All-District player for a reason and we’d be up a creek without him,” Whitlock said. “He can dictate tempo, he dishes the ball, he can score it, but he makes us really hard to press. That makes all the difference in the world when you can beat a press with one guy.”
Summit was forced to use a full-court press most of the second half to try and make a comeback. Whitlock was proud of his team’s response to the pressure and ability to finish the game strong.
“We gave one away at Dickson County on Friday night because we couldn’t close,” said Whitlock. “We were kind of not really in attack mode there at the end, trying to run some clock. We closed out the game the way I wanted.”
Closing games out like Ravenwood did Thursday night is something the Raptors will have to continue doing if they want their season to go deep into February.
“In high school basketball our February is college’s March,” Whitlock said. “The teams that are going to come out and defend, take care of the ball and execute are the teams that are going to win and we need experience doing that.”
Saturday, the Raptors will face the Franklin Rebels, who knocked off Centennial 64-51, in the semi-finals.
Lady Raptors huge second half pushes them past Independence
The Ravenwood girls beat Independence 50-36 and ended the final 2:49 on an 11-2 run.
The Lady Eagles were able to pull within 5 when Katie Pierce knocked down a triple, but couldn’t do much else as Ravenwood controlled the final minutes.
Bailey Swayze lead Ravenwood with 18 points scoring 8 in the last two minutes of the game. Colyn Springer hit three 3-pointers for her 9 points, Alexis Ahlert had 8 down low for Ravenwood.
Pierce scored half of Independence’s points with 18. Gabbie Wiggins scored 10 with a big three to threaten the Raptors down the stretch.
The victory sets up a 3:45 p.m. meeting Saturday between the Lady Raptors and district champion Brentwood. The Lady Bruins got a bye in the first round.
Posted on: 2/14/2014