Summit’s Destin Wade nailed three treys in the first quarter to help spot the Spartans a 21-17 first quarter lead and Konata Werts stroked 8-of-10 from the free throw line in the fourth to seal a 71-64 District 11-AAA win at Ravenwood Tuesday night.
Wade’s big opening assault set a tone for Summit, which ended with 11 buckets from behind the arc.
“We’ve got a lot of guys that are capable of knocking down shots and capable off the dribble,” said Spartan coach Josh Goodwin. “It seems to be a confidence thing with us; with our youth we just keep impressing on our guys you’ve got to get to the rim. I thought we did a good job of managing that end of the floor.”
Summit stretched a nine-point halftime lead to 12 early in the third quarter as Caleb Jolley collected a major portion of his 14 points for the game, and held it until the Raptors made a strong charge, cutting the lead to just four with three minutes to play. The rally did not seem to bother the Spartans.
“I don’t know if we didn’t panic because we didn’t panic or because we don’t know how to panic," Goodwin said. "We haven’t been in that situation where we’re up double digit in the fourth quarter and we’re trying to play and understand the situation. I’d love to have double digit leads in the fourth quarter and try to figure out how to keep them.”
Despite the strong comeback, Ravenwood coach Patrick Whitlock still had a sour taste in his mouth when the game was over.
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“Too little too late," he said. "Very disappointed in our team’s performance tonight. It was very uninspired for much of the game and that doesn’t make a lot of sense because we had a lot to play for as we try to move up in the district standings. We still have that opportunity, but now the road is much tougher.”
Whitlock got great performances from Chase Siebert, who led the rally by scoring 10 of his 17 points in the fourth quarter and a solid, full-game effort from his post, Sterling Craig, who collected a contest-leading 21 points.
“Sterling did a good job tonight," Whitlock said. "He was able to catch and finish around the rim. We would have really liked to run some more stuff from him, but Summit didn’t allow us to do that. He had a good game under the circumstances.”
Rex Gainer added 11 points for Ravenwood.
The win puts Summit (7-10, 5-7 District 11-AAA) in fifth place in the district, just behind Dickson County and just ahead of Page and Ravenwood, heading into the final two weeks of the regular season, beginning with Friday night’s rivalry game against Independence.
“The district race is so jumbled from fourth through eighth; it’s almost dead even fourth through seventh," Goodwin said. "I don’t know who is in the driver’s seat. We probably just jumbled it up some more tonight, so I don’t know what’s going to happen.”
For the Raptors (8-12, 5-8 District 11-AAA), Friday is a second shot at arch rival Brentwood. For many it will be the most important game of the year; for Whitlock, it is the next one on a long schedule heading into tournament time.
“It’s a big game, but until we get over the mentality around here that this game means everything, we’re never going to get to where we need to be," he said. "The school and the student body put so much emphasis on that game. But as you can see from tonight, they obviously don’t know we play 22 other games.
"We want to go over there and play well because it’s our next game, not because it’s Brentwood.”
Summit boys 71, Ravenwood 64
SHS – 21 18 17 15 – 71
RHS – 17 13 13 21 – 64
SHS (71) – Konata Werts 14, Caleb Jolley 14, Destin Wade 12, Conger 8; Turner 8, Pierce 6, Keaten Wade 5, Myers 4.
RHS (64) – Sterling Craig 21, Chase Siebert 17, Rex Gainer 11, Niter 5, English 4, Carlson 4, Mulder 1, Dang 1.
3-point goals – Summit 11 (D. Wade 3, Wertz 2, Turner 2, Pierce 2, K. Wade, Jolley); Ravenwood 5 (Gainer 3, Siebert 2).
Free throws – Summit 16-22 (72.7 percent); Ravenwood 14-18 (77.8 percent).