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Page Lady Patriots power past shorthanded Ravenwood


Page Lady Patriots power past shorthanded Ravenwood

STORY BY CHIP CIRILLO | PHOTOS BY WHITNEY JARRELD 

Shorthanded Ravenwood played a zone defense and Page shot over the top of it.

The Lady Patriots made 13 3-pointers, including 10 in the first half, in a 65-23 rout of the Lady Raptors at Page on Friday night.

Trevecca signee Faith Wilken, Page’s career scoring leader (1,755 points), led the way with 17 points, including four 3-pointers.

“I think that with them having some of their key players injured this season they were forced to go to a zone because I don’t think they could really guard us man and that just left us open,” Wilken said. “They were vulnerable to us hitting outside shots.”

Ravenwood (7-7, 3-4 District 11-AAA) started with a 1-3-1 zone before shifting to a 2-3.

Neither worked with Jazmyn Harmon (bruised knee), Savannah Dews (concussion) and Rachel Hillman (back) out of the lineup.

Harmon, an Alabama-Birmingham commit, was averaging about 19 points in the last several games before her injury.

“I want a 3, a layup or a free throw,” Page coach Ron Brock said. “If you look at our shot chart, you won’t see any mid-range shots — maybe one or two. We’re either working for the 3 or working for a layup or getting to the foul line.”

Brock, a former Ravenwood coach, led the Lady Raptors to their first district championship and guided them to a Class AAA sectional in 2011.

Lili Wilken, Faith’s younger sister, and Olivia Wilson both added 14 points for Page (16-3, 6-1). Wilken’s first three baskets were 3’s in the first quarter.

Page’s McKenzie Cochran scored 11 points, including three 3’s.

“We just took advantage of it, especially since they had players out,” Page guard Delaney Noe said of Ravenwood’s zone. “We drove the gaps, hit open people for our shots and it was just good.”

The Lady Patriots set the tone early, taking a 21-4 lead after the first quarter. By halftime Page increased its lead to an insurmountable 37-8 and officials switched to a running clock in the fourth quarter.

Page holds a half-game lead over Summit (8-4, 5-1) in the district standings. Ravenwood is sixth in the nine-team district.

Ravenwood coach Mariska Harris is hopeful all three injured players will return soon.

“Already going into this season, we were a pretty young team – all freshmen and sophomores, one junior and senior,” Harris said. “So, it definitely has an impact when you have three players out on the varsity level. Right now, we’ve got to do a better job of stepping up with people out.”

Harmon and center Taya Lee are the only starters back from last year’s 22-12 state-tournament team.

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Page visits Summit on Tuesday.

Ravenwood visits Centennial on Friday.

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