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Rocky River girls basketball defeats South Mecklenburg 53-36

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.

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By |January 11th, 2013|Sports|0 Comments

Ravens drop heartbreaker to Sun Valley, 49-46

In a see-saw battle, the Rocky River Ravens boys’ basketball team was beaten on their home court by the Sun Valley Spartans last Friday night 49-46. These two teams met just nine days earlier on the Spartans’ home floor with Sun Valley prevailing 45-42. Although the margin of victory for the Spartans was the same the second time around, the Ravens nearly came out with a win this time. This was an evenly matched game from the start.

The Ravens and Spartans both played stingy, albeit different, zone defenses. New head coach Jason Buzzard’s Ravens periodically switched from a standard 2-3 defense to a trapping 1-3-1. Both types were effective at times.  Sun Valley stayed in an active matchup 2-3 zone that the Ravens had a hard time penetrating.  The defenses really dictated the flow of the game, that is to say, there wasn’t any.  Most of the scoring in the first half was from loose balls and turnovers.  The two teams’ zone offenses had their moments but for the most part were ineffective.  The Ravens lead at the end of the first quarter 13-10 and 27-24 at the half.

Both teams made adjustments at the half.  Sun Valley was able to get the ball inside the Ravens’ zone in the first two minutes of the half and grabbed the lead 30-29.  Rocky River was intent on pressing the Spartans, hoping for some turnovers which would lead to easy buckets.  It worked to a degree but the Ravens also committed more fouls in the frenetic pace. The Spartans outscored the Ravens 15-7 in the third quarter and led 39-34 to start the fourth quarter.

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By |December 13th, 2012|Rocky River High School, Sports|0 Comments

Raven girls begin basketball season with new talent

The Rocky Ravens girls’ ball team is preparing for the upcoming 2012-13 season. Second year Head Coach Odis Gadson returns to a team that was 10-15 last year.

Coach Gadson is assisted by longtime coaches Troy Gaston and Rasheed Taylor. While this is Coach Gadson’s second year at Rocky River he was previously the head coach of the girls’ varsity team at Garinger High School for two years. Originally from Philadelphia, Coach Gadson played both football and basketball in high school in neighboring New Jersey and considers himself a student of the game.

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By |November 23rd, 2012|Sports|1 Comment

Rocky River ends season with playoff loss

The Rocky Ravens lost 40-14 to the Greensboro Page Pirates last Friday night in the first round of the North Carolina State 4AA football playoffs.

“I’m so proud of this team and especially the seniors,” Head Coach Jason Fowler said. “These seniors all came from other schools, not by their choice, and helped start this team and this program. They’ve been through a lot, andlesserkids would’ve quit, but they stuck it out, and I’m proud of them.”

Rocky River came into the game as the twelfth seed in the 16-team playoff format, while Page was the fifth seed.

As the lower seed, Page was the host team. The winner of this game would go on to play the winner of the E. Forsythe/Providence game in the second round.

The game was played on even terms early on. The teams traded punts in the first quarter. Rocky River attempted some long passes, but they were unsuccessful. The teams were able to move the ball between the 30 yard lines, but the defenses would stiffen and force the punt teams onto the field. Page forced the first turnover of the game just before the end of the first quarter.

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By |November 13th, 2012|Around Town, Rocky River High School, Sports|0 Comments