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Ravenwood takes two on light night of action

Indy's Austin Osborn (23) and Bryan Thompson (11) work to keep Van Jefferson (2) of Ravenwood off the boards following a free throw in Ravenwood's 48-40 win last night.  Jefferson's rebounding and defense helped key the win, as the junior blocked four shots. Photo by Becky Williams 


Ravenwood swept a pair of wins on the road at Independence last night in a make-up date from last week’s weather postponement.  For the boys, it was only the second win in eight years on the Eagles’ home court.
Ravenwood 48 at Independence 40
After jumping out to 12-3 lead in the first quarter, Independence could manage only two points in the second quarter, allowing Ravenwood (5-2, 2-0) to pull away as the Raptor’s captured a District 11-AAA 48-40 victory over Independence (1-7, 0-2).
“We wanted to come down here and get a win and we did that,” said Ravenwood head coach Patrick Whitlock.  “It wasn’t pretty.  We were very fortunate.”
A strong defense made the difference, holding Indy to just 18 of 48 from the field, and holding leading scorer Patrick Murphy to just 2 points, 16 below his average, while Van Jefferson blocked four shots.
“The kid’s a freak,” Whitlock said of Jefferson, shaking his head and smiling.  “He’s a great athlete.  We haven’t had an athlete like him ever.  I know we haven’t in football and don’t think we have in basketball.  He just makes plays.”
Independence was hampered with early foul trouble, with Deion Sims picking up his third less than half-way through the second quarter, his fourth with three minutes left in the third.
“It took away our aggressiveness on defense,” said Greg Glass, Indy’s head coach.  “The tendency is to get a bit passive and to Ravenwood’s credit they took advantage of that.
“At times we looked pretty good and at times we looked pretty bad.  But that’s inexperience.  The kids are working hard in practice every day and in every game and we’re going to get better.  We’re playing for January and February.”
Matthew Hailey shot 5-of-6 from the field to lead Ravenwood’s offense with 15 points and Nicky Gleason added 11.  Grayson Murphy’s 15 lead the Eagles.
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The Patriots may have set a record by dropping in 15 3-point scores last night in 73-54 road win over Central Magnet in Murfreesboro.
Dylan White led the barrage and the scoring, notching 25 points while hitting 6 treys. Luke Roney added 14 points and 4 three’s.  Christian Denton claimed 12 points the old fashioned way, with no three pointers.
Waverly 72, at Fairview 29
Waverly used a smothering defense to defeat Fairview last night 72-29, holding the Yellow Jackets under ten points in all four quarters.
Trevin Beique led Fairview with eight points.
Ravenwood 27, at Independence 26
Ravenwood held Independence to a single free throw in the third quarter and only five points in the second half, negating an Indy lead that once stretched to ten, for a come from behind 27-26 win over the Eagles last night.
“We’re playing a lot of young girls,” said first year coach Matt Robinson, who saw his team lose Tuesday night in nearly a carbon copy game.  “We just keep telling them to play with confidence.   We just told them to keep fighting and we clawed our way back in.
“I am so proud of the girls for their defense in the second half I just don’t know how to explain it.”
Ravenwood held Katie Pierce to seven points, nearly half her average, and Avery Wharton to seven in a game where no player reached double figures in scoring. Raptor Bailey Swayze led all scorers with 8 and teammate Alexis Ahlert had 6 against her 14 point average.
The two teams shot an ice cold 17-68 from the field, much of that due to physical defense on both ends of the floor.
Ravenwood moves to 3-6 on the year, 1-1 in District 12-AAA.  Four of the six losses have been by 5 points or less.  Indy now sits at 1-7 overall, 0-2 in the district.

Waverly 41 at Fairview 32
Sara Mangrum tossed in ten points for Fairview as the Yellow Jackets dropped a District 11-AA contest to Waverly at home 41-32.

The action was fast and physical under the boards last night at Independence.  Raptor Alexis Ahlert (44) drew double teams almost every time she went into the lane, including being sandwiched between Regan Croff (14) Avery Wharton (12).  Ravenwood won in a 27-26 squeaker. Photo by Becky Williams 

Posted on: 12/13/2013


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