It was a chance for one team to move up, and Ravenna made the most of it with a thrilling 68-58 Western Reserve Conference cross-division victory.
"This is the best we have played all year," said Ravenna coach John Davison. "We put together 32 solid minutes. We played good defense with an effort from everyone."
Although the score looked like Ravenna won the game easily, it was far from the truth. The Ravens started the game looking lost and frustrated.
West Geagua sprang out to a 6-2 lead as the Wolverines easily beat Ravenna's press. Jen LoPresti timed her break down the floor and went in for easy layups. Also, the Ravens turned the ball over five times in the first two minutes.
Finally Ravenna settled down and crept back into the game with Amy Stefansic and Veronica Byerly scoring in the low post. By the end of the first period, the score was tied at 14-14.
In the second period, Jen Hellekson took over and scored six of her eight points. Byerly cleaned up on the boards and Ravenna carried a 30-28 margin at halftime.
In the third period, Ravenna had taken off the press. Mindy Jones was inserted and came up with several steals off West Geauga's excellent guard, Megan Drews. Slowly the lead went to 50-41 by the end of the period.
"Jones gave us a spark," said Davison. "We took off the press because we weren't getting good rotation on defense. We decided to make them play a halfcourt game and it worked. I can't say enough about our effort."
Ravenna kicked the lead out to 62-45 before sending in the reserves.
Ravenna was led by Byerly's 26 points and she did an excellent job rebounding with nine. Stefansic had 12 points and Hellekson and Erin Warner added 8 each.
Ravenna had a 31-16 edge in rebounding, but on the negative side also had a 30-25 margin in turnovers.
West Geauga kept the score close by the sharp shooting of Lindsay Montague, who had 23 points, with 10 field goals on 12- to 15-foot jumpers. Drews had 18 points and LoPresti had 10.