Late surge lifts Ravenswood past Catholic

JAY W. BENNETT The Marietta Times Parkersburg Catholic’s Cade Ullman tries to make a pass into the paint during Friday night’s game at Ravenswood as Red Devils Jayden Rhodes (10), Isaiah Morgan (20) and Chase Swain (32) defend.

RAVENSWOOD, W.Va. — Cade Ullman’s huge 30-point effort wasn’t enough for Parkersburg Catholic here Friday night in “The Pit” as host Ravenswood received big games from both Isaiah Morgan and Stephen Dawson during a 71-54 pull-away Little Kanawha Conference West Division victory against the Crusaders.

“Cade Ullman shot the lights out tonight,” admitted Red Devil head coach Mick Price, whose club improved to 6-0 and plays Wednesday at St. Marys. “I told him after the game I’m cutting the nets down and sending them to him because he ruined them.

“He’s such a good player anyway and the other kids on his team do such a great job of getting him the ball.”

The first half featured six ties and eight lead changes as Ravenswood needed a 3 from Chase Swain to end the first period even at 21. Alex Easthom’s feed inside to Dawson, who had 24 points while Morgan finished with 26, put the hosts ahead 35-32, but Ullman’s two foul shots cut it to one at intermission.

PCHS, which took its last lead at 27-26 at 5:09 of the second, went behind for good on the Red Devils’ next trip down the floor thanks to a Dawson three-point play. However, Rob Strcula’s Crusaders, who fell to 4-3 and play host Thursday to Tyler Consolidated, only trailed 50-48 entering the fourth as Red Devil Lakin Tucker made 1 of 2 from the foul line to cap the quarter scoring.

A trifecta by Morgan, who converted all eight of his charity stripe tosses and has now made good on his last 24 attempts, with 5:59 remaining made it 57-50. It was the first time all night the game wasn’t a two-possession or less affair.

“I wanted to make sure we were in defensive alignment,” Price said of calling a timeout at 5:57 right after Morgan’s triple. “I wanted to make sure we got some stops because we needed some stops and I wanted to make sure everybody knew.”

As it turned out, the Crusaders missed 8 of 9 in the fourth and had four tunovers as the Red Devils owned the period to the tune of 21-6.

Patrick Copen added 10 markers for the Crusaders, whose only points in the second half aside from Ullman came via a Peyton Amrine trey and a Copen hoop.

Dawson, who missed a double-double by one board, finished 10 of 11 from the foul line and Blake Bennett chipped in seven points. Tucker and teammate Jayden Rhodes both got into early foul trouble for the hosts.

“I was proud of our kids for just staying the course and staying with it,” added Price, who watched Crusader Jalen Brunny pull down a game-high 10 caroms and that included much to his dismay six on the offensive glass. “I’m tickled our kids could stay the course and keep playing in a game like that.

“Catholic deserves a lot of credit. They are a good team. Their losses are to Clarksburg Notre Dame, Philip Barbour and us. It’s not like they’ve been playing the sisters of the poor.”