FRANKLIN – A fast start for the girls and an aggressive, more physical approach for the boys both led to victories for the Page High School basketball teams on Tuesday in Rudderville.
The Lady Patriots built a double-figure lead out of the gate and stayed in front the rest of the way to snag a 64-52 District 11-AAA win, while the Page boys fended off a late Raptors surge to secure a 65-57 victory.
“We came in and we expected to win,” said Page senior Thomas Seaman, who scored a game-best 17 points Tuesday. “We had struggled with fourth quarter pressure, but I think we did a lot better tonight. I think we all believed in ourselves and were confident we could get this win.”
The Patriots, who had a pair of narrow losses at a post-Christmas tournament at Father Ryan last week, handed Ravenwood it’s first district loss after a 5-0 start. The loss was also the third in four games for a Raptors team that competed in the always tough NXT LVL Hoopsfest at Christ Presbyterian Academy last week.
“They just beat us in every facet of the game,” Raptors coach Patrick Whitlock said. “They came out with the attitude that it just meant a little more to them. They got a lot of loose balls, they were a lot more aggressive and a lot more physical than us.
“We had a bit of that frontrunner attitude tonight. When you do that against well-coached teams in this district, you are going to lose. It's pretty simple.”
Jaime Hernandez added 12 points, while both Ethan Overstreet (11 points) and Pierce Bruehl (10 points) also reached double figures for Page.
After building a 26-20 halftime lead, the home-standing Patriots burst out of halftime on a 10-2 run in the first 90 seconds. Seaman was fouled on a 3-point attempt with 6:22 to play and headed to the line for three foul shots. A technical foul was also issued against the Raptors. The Page senior connected on 4-of-5 attempts at the line and pushed Page in front 40-22. Jake Dozier added six of his eight in the frame, including a couple hustle plays to keep the momentum going.
First-year Patriots coach Aaron Howard said his team absorbed back-to-back one-point losses – 38-37 against Station Camp and 57-56 against Father Ryan – last week. He said they worked hard in practice leading up to Tuesday to learn from the setbacks.
“It was just about getting over that hump and learning from our mistakes like turnovers late in the game,” Howard said. “I think this means a lot for us. It’s great to get the win, but we will come back tomorrow and just keep working.”
Ravenwood used a 10-3 run over the final two minutes to pull within 61-57 on a drive down the left side by junior Andrew Lamuno (16 points) with just 1:03 remaining. Andres Casella hit a pair of free throws in the bonus for Page at the other end and Ravenwood came up empty on two attempts in the paint before Seaman grabbed the rebound and was fouled with 34 seconds left. His two free throws provided the final score.
“We just have to keep working,” Seaman said. “This game is over and we are going to get ready for Friday and try to get another win.”
Similar to the start in the third quarter by the Page boys, the Lady Patriots opened the doubleheader by jumping in front by a dozen before Ravenwood found some offense in the first frame behind junior Reghan Grimes, who bullied her way to 28 points and 10 rebounds.
“She’s a beast,” summer teammate and Page junior Lili Wilken said. “She is a key player on their team, but I think (our start) really helped and we were able to push the ball.
“We have a lot to learn because we are very young, but we have some quickness. Our guard play is much stronger, I think, too.”
Braley Bushman led four Lady Patriots in double-figure scoring to help offset Grimes’ big night. Bushman closed with 16, while Sadie Porter had 15 and both McKenzie Cochran and Wilken netted 14. Wilken also secured a double-double with 10 rebounds and five steals as well, while Bushman and Cochran combined for 14 assists.
Lexi Erickson scored eight of her 12 points in the second quarter and teamed up with Grimes to get within four twice late in the first half before Page closed the opening 16 minutes with a 36-28 cushion.
“We’d have bursts of moments where we were out there full attacking, but we made a hole for ourselves that we couldn’t ever really get out of,” said Grimes. “We need to get out to better starts so we can be the ones jumping out on teams.”
Page, which doesn’t boast a senior on the roster, stayed in control through the second half. Lady Patriots coach Ron Brock said he was a bit worried coming into the contest to face a tough, more veteran Lady Raptors team, but said his girls “played fantastic.”
“They really did just do a great job,” he said. “That’s a big win for us. We’re getting there after missing the summer and preseason and all those play days – those would have really helped this team. We have such a new dynamic, but we’re getting there.”
Page faces Summit in another District 11-AAA contest Friday, while Ravenwood prepares for the first edition of the Battle of the Woods against Brentwood.
Page girls 64, Ravenwood 52
RHS – 12 16 10 14 – 52
PHS – 19 17 14 14 – 64
RHS (52) – Lexi Erickson 12, Elizabeth Flynn 4, Mary Prestegaard 4, Natalie Prestegaard 4, Reghan Grimes 28.
PHS (64) – Braley Bushman 16, Lili Wilken 14, McKenzie Cochran 14, Abigale Ward 3, Sadie Porter 15, Brooklyn Burrows 2.
3-pointers – RHS 1 (Erickson); PHS 7 (Bushman 2, Wilken 2, Cochran 2, Ward). Total Fouls – RHS 13, PHS 14. Fouled Out – None.
Page boys 65, Ravenwood 57
RHS – 11 9 17 17 – 55
PHS – 13 13 25 14 – 65
RHS (57) – Matthew Williams 6, Lee Molette 9, Nick Dang 5, Andrew Lamuno 16, Trevor Andrews 2, Ben Bonga 4, Jake Mulder 9, Noah Clifford 4.
PHS (65) – Grant Snider 3, Andres Casella 4, Ethan Overstreet 11, Pierce Bruehl 10, Jake Dozier 8, Thomas Seaman 17, Jaime Hernandez 12.
3-pointers – PHS 8 (Bruehl 2, Seaman 2, Hernandez 2, Overstreet). Total Fouls – RHS 24, PHS 20. Fouled Out – Hernandez.