Ravens take charge in fourth

By Eric Clutter Record-Courier staff writer Published:

Everybody got in the act for the Ravenna girls basketball team Thursday as the Ravens shut down the visiting Mayfield Wildcats in the fourth quarter to earn a 51-43 Western Reserve Conference playoff victory.

The Ravens outscored the Wildcats 15-7 in the final quarter and held Mayfield (2-18) to two points over the first seven minutes of the stanza.

Meanwhile, Ravenna senior Lindsey Widener scored six of her team-high 11 points in the period, giving the Ravens (6-14) some momentum before Saturday's Division II sectional opener against Tallmadge at Brecksville-Broadview Heights High School at 2:30 p.m.

Eleven players got in the scoring column for the Ravens. The two catalysts for the team, in addition to Widener, were junior Kyla Hogan and sophomore Kyle Davison. Hogan had nine points and six steals, while Davison also had nine points, gathered nine rebounds and dished out three assists.

"I thought we came together as a team," said Ravenna coach Keriann Pratt, referring to her squad's play in the fourth quarter. "We worked really hard. Hogan and Widener both stepped it up on (their) guards. We knew we needed to pressure their guards more.

"When everybody does what they need to do," said Pratt, "things seem to turn out right. Offensively, we just kept pushing the ball and pushing the ball. That's something that we need to keep doing."

In the first quarter seven Ravenna players combined for 14 points as the Ravens gained a slim 14-12 advantage after eight minutes.

Mayfield bounced back in the ensuing quarter behind six points from Bianca Robinson and overtook the Ravens at the half 24-22.

The contest remained close throughout the start of the second half. Two straight 3-pointers by Lindsey Neidus (11 points) inside the final minute gave the Wildcats a 36-33 lead.

But freshman Kendall Harkcom answered with a 3-pointer at the buzzer to knot the game at 36-36.

"Kendall hit a big one right there at the end (of the third quarter)," said Pratt. "That was kind of a spark for us to play harder."

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WRC PLAYOFFS

Ravenna 51, Mayfield 43

(At Ravenna)

MAYFIELD (43) _ Lindsey Neidus 4 1-2 11; Ashley Love 5 0-0 10; Stacey Budzar 0 0-0 0; Liz Elliot 2 2-3 6; Melissa Mann 1 0-0 2; Stephanie Gigliotti 1 1-2 3; Danielle Ruggieri 0 0-0 0; Bianca Robinson 2 2-4 6; Domenica Russo 0 2-2 2; Katie Dodson 1 0-0 3. Totals 16 8-13 43.

RAVENNA (51) _ Kelli Stefansic 0 3-4 3; Jill Thomas 2 0-0 4; Lindsey Widener 4 2-2 11; Kyle Davison 3 3-5 9; Anna Pischera 1 4-6 6; Whitney Harkcom 1 0-0 2; Kendall Harkcom 1 0-0 3; Deanna Cettomai 0 0-1 0; Kyla Hogan 3 3-4 9; Morgan Lewis 1 0-0 2; Emily Madlem 1 0-0 2. Totals 17 15-22 51.

MAYFIELD 12 12 12 7 _ 43

RAVENNA 14 8 14 15 _ 51

Three-Point Goals _ Mayfield (3): Neidus 2, Dodson 1. Ravenna (2): Widener 1, K. Harkcom 1.

Total Rebounds _ Ravenna, 39-34

Total Fouls _ Mayfield, 18-13

JV Score _ Ravenna, 53-38. Leading Scorers: (R) Gina Pischera, 21 points; Mallory Reaser 11 points.

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