Ravenwood’s boys found their groove in the second half during the “Battle of the Woods” Friday en route to a 57-42 win over visiting Brentwood.
Both teams struggled early offensively as Brentwood (3-7, 0-1 11-AAA) took a 10-5 lead after one quarter.
“I thought it was a good time to break a clipboard,” Ravenwood coach Patrick Whitlock said. “I think the reality of it was we were a little too jacked up. You can be too hyped to play, and that can affect you.”
Ravenwood (5-4, 1-1) jumped ahead 11-10 after starting the second quarter on a 6-0 run, then strung together a 7-0 run at the end of the quarter to take a 20-16 lead at halftime.
“I thought we got off to a good start,” first-year Bruins coach Greg Shirley said. “Then we kind of got away from what we do.”
The Bruins came out in the second half looking for a spark, but it was the Raptors who started the half on another 7-0 run to push the lead to 27-16.
Brentwood finally ended the run with a Ben Bautista runner, but Ravenwood responded with a 9-0 run to outscore the Bruins 16-3 in the third quarter.
“Thought we had some things fixed at halftime, but we missed a couple easy shots during that run,” Shirley said. “They came down and answered.”
Senior forward Case Bouldin led the way for the Raptors with 13 points.
The Bruins scored 23 in the fourth quarter, but it was too little, too late.
Linden Hardee was the Bruins’ biggest threat, posting a team-high 12 points.
Ravenwood girls 51, Brentwood 40: Ravenwood (6-2, 1-0) held a narrow 16-15 lead at halftime, but the Lady Raptors nailed 5 of 6 three pointers in the third quarter, including a buzzer-beater by Kiera Downey to increase their lead on Brentwood (5-4, 0-1)
Downey led the way with a game-high 22 points.
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