Panthers fall in regional




Wes Wilson Photography Tug Valley’s Jon Blankenship (1) is shown going in for a shot earlier this season. The Panthers lost in the Region 4 co-finals on Thursday night to Ravenswood.


RAVENSWOOD – Tug Valley lost to Ravenswood 61- 51 in the Class A, Region 4 co-championship game Thursday at the RHS Gym dubbed “The Pit.”

Isaiah Morgan scored 22 points, including five 3-pointers, to pace the Red Devils (22-2) over the Panthers (14-11) in the Class A Region 4 final.

Riley Heatherington added a double-double with 17 points and 10 rebounds for Ravenswood, which dropped to Class A this season from Class AA the past few years. Stephen Dawson chipped in 10 points.

Tyler May led the Panthers with 16 points, followed by Jonathan Blankenship with 13. Ten of May’s points came in the fourth quarter.

“We played hard and competed. We just went through a couple of bad stretches that we couldn’t overcome,” said Tug Valley head coach Edwyn May.

“When you play good teams, especially on the road, you can’t afford lulls offensively or defensively. I’m proud of our kids for their fight and effort,” he added.

“For the most we part played a pretty good game. Ravenswood is really good, I see them as one of the top three teams in the state tournament and would be surprised if they’re not playing for the championship next Saturday,” May concluded.

The Panthers trailed 35-25 at halftime and 47- 34 heading into the final quarter. Tug Valley made a furious comeback, but couldn’t overcome the deficit and will not make a return trip to the state tournament this year, something the Panther fans have been used to the past few seasons.

Tug Valley was just 3-18 from behind the arc and 19-55 from the field for 35 percent. The Panthers were 10-11 at the charity stripe for 90 percent.

Ravenswood was 19-25 for 76 percent and 18-39 from the field for 46 percent.

The Red Devils were 6-14 from 3-point range for 43 percent.

Ravenswood will take on St. Joe, Wednesday, March 15 in the first round of the W.Va. State tournament at the Charleston Civic Center at 1:00 p.m.

Ravenswood (22-2) goes into the tourney as the No. 2 seed, while St. Joseph, the team that beat Tug Valley in the sectional championship, is a No. 7 seed with a record of 17-9.

Score by quarters:

Tug Valley: 14 11 9 17 – 51

Ravenswood: 12 23 12 14 – 61

Scoring:

Tug Valley (51): May 16, Blankenship 13, Brown 2, Davis 5, Savage 8, Layne 7.

Ravenswood (61): Mandrake 2, Bennett 3, Rhodes 7, Heatherington 17, Morgan 22, Dawson 10.

Kyle Lovern is the Managing Editor for the Civitas Media Mountain District including the Williamson Daily News and Logan Banner. He can be contacted at [email protected] or at 304-235-4242, ext. 2277 or on Twitter @KyleLovern.

Wes Wilson Photography Tug Valley’s Jon Blankenship (1) is shown going in for a shot earlier this season. The Panthers lost in the Region 4 co-finals on Thursday night to Ravenswood.
http://williamsondailynews.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/web1_Jon-B-2.jpgWes Wilson Photography Tug Valley’s Jon Blankenship (1) is shown going in for a shot earlier this season. The Panthers lost in the Region 4 co-finals on Thursday night to Ravenswood.
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