Catholic outduels host Ravenswood, 63-47

RAVENSWOOD – Unforced turnovers and a cold shooting first half proved too much for host Ravenswood to overcome here Monday night at “The Pit” as Parkersburg Catholic left town with a 63-47 Little Kanawha Conference North Division victory.

Jake Ullman came off the Crusader bench to score a game-high 26 points while PCHS teammate Joe Padden posted a double-double thanks to 17 points and a game-high 12 rebounds. Padden had 13 points and eight caroms in the first half, which helped the visitors to a 28-15 intermission advantage.

Ravenswood, which dropped to 3-2 overall and 2-1 in the LKC North for veteran head coach Mick Price, still trailed by a baker’s dozen at 43-30 entering the final eight minutes. Jake Martin drained a 3-pointer for part of his team-high 23 points to open the fourth. Even though Martin added a jumper in the lane and Riley Heatherington knocked down two 3s, the Red Devils never got closer than 47-41 with 5:59 to play.

A defensive rebound by Heatherington and a quick outlet pass to Rhys Jelich, who had a game-high seven assists, led to an easy lay-in for Issac Crow as Ravenswood had the game even at 10 with 1:22 remaining in the opening quarter.

Padden’s take to the hole for a layup at the 0:28 mark actually gave the Crusaders, who had five of their 15 turnovers in the first stanza, the lead for good at 12-10.

Jake Boice found Padden open for an easy foul-line extended jumper 50 ticks into the second quarter as the visitors made it a two possession affair at 14-10. Ravenswood, which missed 13 of 19 from the field in the first half, made four turnovers and attempted just two shots in the initial 3:12 of the second period.

Martin’s trey at 4:18 made it 14-13 and finally got the Red Devils on the board in the second quarter. However, Payton Sturm’s trey ignited a 14-2 spurt as PCHS (5-2, 3-0) went into the break with all the momentum. Ullman added two 3s in the run, Brady Kurucz (seven points, seven caroms) had a bucket and Padden’s trey from the corner capped the scoring.

Carson Weyer’s trifecta made it 31-17 Crusaders early in the third and Ravenswood, which plays host to St. Marys on Saturday, trailed 43-25 late in the period after another Ullman bomb. Red Devil Heath Burgess, who chipped in nine points and collected a game-high four steals, had a theft and a lay-in to close it back to 13 entering the fourth.

Austin Luther, aside from blocking a pair of shots, made all three of his foul shots in the fourth quarter. PCHS, which has a road game Saturday at Huntington St. Joe, actually made its last nine free throws of the contest. Conversely, the Red Devils finished the game just 4 of 9 from the charity stripe and missed the front end of each 1-and-1 in the fourth quarter.

Parkersburg Catholic limited Ravenswood to one shot most of the night and finished with a 34-19 advantage on the boards, which included 13 offensive rebounds.