By Austin Stanley, for the Williamson Herald
Ravenwood and Summit proved basketball can be a contact sport on Friday night. The Raptors' Ty Lawless sees double team attention from Summit's Sade Bayan (4) and Amber Bandish as Kylie Hicks (20) can only watch from the floor. Ravenwood won the nail biter 34-32. Photo by Cassie Jones
A ball controlling offense from Ravenwood (6-2, 2-0) dribbled out the final seconds of the game as the Raptors improved to 3-0 in district play beating the Summit Spartans (4-3, 0-1) 51-46.
|Ravenwood's Emily Allen is the picture of intensity as she looks to distribute the basketball in the Lady Raptors' 34-32 win over Summit Friday night. Photo by Cassie Jones
Ravenwood forward Matthew Hailey forced a Summit turnover and tossed the ball up court to Van Jefferson for a layup to put the Raptors up three with 28 seconds left. Summit had taken its first lead of the second half with 1:22 left in the game at 46-45. Ravenwood hit 3-of-4 free throws along with Jefferson’s layup to finish the game.
“We were able to close that game out,” said Ravenwood coach Patrick Whitlock. “Summit has an excellent team. They’re well coached. We knew it was going to be a challenge and we knew we had to defend our own court. It’s another game here over the last week we’ve had to pull out in the fourth quarter, so that’s good for us.”
Jefferson finished with a team high 15 points and Hailey scored 13. Nine of Hailey’s points came in the second half with more clutch plays to go with his late game steal.
“He finds ways to put points on the board,” Whitlock said. “Tonight his mid-range game was pretty strong. He’s long but he gets out of position on defense some which we’re trying to work on. But he came up with a big play there at the end. He brings a lot to the table and makes us a better team.”
An important part of the Raptors game plan was shutting down Spartan guard Da’Montre Williams. Jefferson took most of the defensive responsibility but team defense only allowed Williams to score eight points.
“Double team him every time to not give him any room,” Whitlock said. “I think we locked him up pretty good. The kid is a great player. He’s one of the best in our district. You’re kind of picking your poison because they’ve got some other kids that can shoot.”
Spartan wingman, John Carter had a team high 15 points scoring seven in the final period including a 3-pointer that tied the game at 40.
Lady Raptors eek out the surging Lady Spartans
The Ravenwood girls escaped the early game of the night with a 34-32 win over the Summit girls.
The Lady Spartan guard-forward duo of Teandra Crawford and Zacharyia Esman ignited a second half comeback and Summit entered the fourth quarter with a 24-23 lead. Esman scored a game high 14 points and Crawford had eight points and numerous assists to open teammates.
Once Crawford fouled out midway through the fourth quarter, Ravenwood was able to regain control of the game, the clock and got the win.
First year Summit girls coach Josh Goodwin works on keeping his team confident in a tight game. The Lady Spartans posted a strong effort against Ravenwood before falling 34-32.
Photo by Cassie Jones
Posted on: 12/14/2013