The Rocky River Ravens girls’ basketball team walloped the South Mecklenburg Sabres 53-36 in an away game for the Ravens.
This game was very competitive in the first half. Rocky River’s pressure half-court defense forced a few early turnovers by S. Meck. The Ravens jumped out to a 6-0 lead as they held the Sabres scoreless for the first five minutes. The Sabres settled down from there and actually held the lead at the end of the first quarter at 10-9. The Ravens were getting good shots but they couldn’t get them to fall.
The second quarter was a back and forth affair. The Sabres led by as many as three points and the Ravens’ largest lead was the halftime score of 22-19. Head Coach Odis Gadson substituted liberally as all nine Rocky River players saw action. At the half Freshman Guard Makayla Carter led the Ravens’ balanced scoring with six points. Carter made two of three shots from three point range.
The Ravens jumped out at the start of the second half with six straight points (identical to the first half) and after a South Mecklenburg timeout, extended the lead to 32-19 before the Sabres were able to score. The Ravens led 38-24 at the quarter’s end.
The last quarter was more of the same. The Ravens extended their lead and coasted in for the 17-point victory.
Sophomore Guard Hydeia Harvey led the Ravens’ very balanced scoring with 15 points. Freshman Guard Jordan Soares joined Harvey in double figures with 13 points.
“We were a little sluggish in the first half for whatever reason, but the girls brought more energy in the second half and it showed,” Coach Gadson said. “We played a pretty complete game tonight, and we need to build on this performance.”
The team lost its first two conference games this year to Butler HS and Providence HS. Head Coach Odis Gadson felt his young team needed a conference win to get some confidence back. “I’ve said it before but it’s still true, we are a young and inexperienced team that has been inconsistent so far this season. We’ve had some good wins and a few games where I just scratch my head. Getting our first conference win was important.”
The team has matured mentally as the season has gone on. Earlier in the season, the team’s overall speed would force turnovers, but they would not always lead to easy baskets because the Ravens players were often out of control. This game was evidence of the team playing fast, but in control.
Coach Gadson believes his team has a lot of potential in the future. “This team is a tight knit group. They enjoy playing together and I expect them to improve throughout the rest of the year. We need to win our next game and get our record to even for the year in the conference.”
The Ravens record stands at 7-5 overall and 1-2 in the conference.
Next week’s games are at E. Mecklenburg (3-7 and 1-2) on January 8, and at home versus the Independence Patriots (0-9 and 0-3) on January 11.