Third quarter dooms Ravenna

By Eric Clutter Record-Courier staff writer Published:

A determined Boardman girls basketball team completely dominated the second half of Monday night's non-league game against Ravenna.

Ahead by only one point very early in the second half, the visiting Spartans ran off 20 straight points to highlight a 26-6 third quarter that powered Boardman to an easy 86-46 victory over the Ravens.

Ravenna (5-11) took the court for the final half trailing just 32-29. Kelli Stefansic then threw in a pair of free throws at the 6:41 mark that narrowed the count to 32-31.

Over the next five minutes and change, Boardman (11-3) asserted its will on the Ravens, crashing the boards, playing stingy defense, going to the free-throw line (29-of-40 for the game) and completely taking command of the contest.

"It was just unbelievable," said Ravenna coach Keriann Pratt of the decisive third quarter, which saw the Ravens go the first 7:55 without a basket. "We just weren't reacting on defense and we need to react. They were quicker and stronger."

All season long, the Ravens have demonstrated the ability to play solid basketball for periods of time. Then, unfortunately, they drop into a lull. Monday, the Ravens' poor stretch amounted to the duration of the entire second half and the Spartans jumped on their prey.

"It just seems to be a continuing (problem)," said Pratt. "We can play pretty well for two or three quarters and then we just get ... We can't put it all together."

A wide-open first quarter saw the Ravens rally from an early 10-2 deficit to trail 19-16 after eight minutes. Kyla Hogan had seven of her 15 points in the quarter, along with three steals.

The Spartans started strong in the second quarter and established a 31-20 advantage with 2:23 remaining in the half.

However, Ravenna culminated the half with a convenient 9-1 spurt that closed the gap to 32-29 at the intermission.

Boardman had five players hit double figures, led by Jen Kish's 24 points. Ashlee Russo and Jen Hlebovy each had 15 points apiece. Brittany Durkin and Amber Bland each tallied 10 points.

Ravenna, which converted 15-of-45 field-goal attempts (33 percent) for the game and turned the ball over 22 times, was paced by Hogan's 15. Lyndsey Widener and Kyle Davison added seven each.

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Boardman 86, Ravenna 46

(At Ravenna)

BOARDMAN (86) _Brittany Durkin 4 0-0 10; Ashlee Russo 3 7-8 15; Jen Kish 6 11-14 24; Jen Hlebovy 7 1-2 15; Amber Bland 3 4-6 10; Renee Faring 0 2-2 2; Lauren Craig 3 2-4 8; Bridget Beachy 0 1-2 1; Tiffany Carlton 0 0-0 0; Christen Lymber 0 1-2 1. Totals 26 29-40 86.

RAVENNA (46) _ Kyla Hogan 3 9-12 15; Kendall Harkcom 1 2-2 5; Whitney Harkcom 0 0-2 0; Lyndsey Widener 3 0-0 7; Kyle Davison 3 1-3 7; Anna Pischera 2 2-6 6; Deanna Cettomai 0 0-0 0; Emily Madlem 0 0-0 0; Kelli Stefansic 1 2-2 4; Jill Thomas 0 0-0 0; Morgan Lewis 1 0-0 2; Mallory Reaser 0 0-0 0; Kaylyn Moyer 0 0-0 0. Totals 14 16-27 46.

BOARDMAN 19 13 26 28 _ 86

RAVENNA 16 13 6 11 _ 46

Three-Point Goals _ Boardman (5): Durkin 2, Russo 2, Kish 1. Ravenna (2): K. Harkcom 1, Widener 1.

Total Rebounds _ Boardman, 34-25

Total Fouls _ Ravenna, 25-20

JV Score _ Boardman, 63-35

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