Ripley hands Ravenswood 55-33 setback

RIPLEY-Jake Martin’s two free throws with 1:22 remaining in the first quarter of action sliced host Ripley’s lead to three points, 12-9. That, however, would be as close as Ravenswood would get as a trio of double-digit scorers propelled the Vikings to a 55-33 victory in round one of the Battle for Jackson County basketball supremacy.

The loss dropped Mick Price’s Red Devils to 3-8 on the season with a road game at Little Kanawha Conference North Division rival Doddridge County slated for Tuesday while Craig Harmon’s Vikings have little time to celebrate as they play in the Hatfield-McCoy Shootout tonight.

Casey Smith and Jacob Haynes tallied 14 points apiece for the hosts while Kade Harrison fought off foul difficulties to chip in with 11 points. Ravenswood was paced by Martin’s 11 points. Heath Burgess chipped in seven and John Crowe came off of the bench to add five points.

Martin got the Red Devils on the board first when hit made good on one-of-two opportunities from the charity stripe just 34 seconds into the game. The lead was short-lived, however, as Haynes drained a pair of triples and Chuck Sleboda and Drew Harpold each added a free throw as Ripley went on an 8-0 run over the next two minutes.

Two free throws by Crowe and a Martin deuce sliced the margin to three, 8-5, with 3:53 showing on the clock. The margin would remain at three over the next two minutes before a putback by Austin Parsons ignited a 7-0 run over the final 70 seconds to give the Vikings a 19-9 advantage heading into the second quarter.

The margin expanded to 14 points, 23-9, after buckets by Sleboda and Harrison before a pair of free throws by Jacob Barr and a triple by Martin pulled the guests back to within nine points, 23-14, with 6:05 remaining until the intermission.

Sleboda, who chipped in with six rebounds, pushed the margin back to 11 with a pair of free throws with 5:27 showing on the clock. But, those would be the final points of the half for the Vikings while Ravenswood went on a 5-0 spurt to slice the deficit to 25-18 at the half.

Ripley, which plays host to Princeton on Tuesday, opened the second half with a 13-4 run and never looked back in upping its mark to 4-8 on the season. Smth got things rolling with the second of his three triples on the night while Haynes closed the spurt with a layin with just a little more than three minutes left in the period.

Buckets by Dalton Gandee and Crowe as well as two free throws by Dylan Radabaugh helped the Red Devils pull back to within 10 points, 38-28, with one quarter left to play. But, the final eight minutes of action was dominated by the Vikings as Smith tallied eight of his game total during the quarter while the Vikings’ defense kept their county rivals off of the scoreboard until a Gandee deuce with 4:10 left in the game.