Ravenscroft boys romp; girls escape with win

CorrespondentFebruary 18, 2012 

— With a narrow win by the girls and a romp by the boys, Ravenscroft captured both TISAC conference championship basketball games Friday night at Cary Academy.

Ravenscroft's girls knocked off Cary Academy 56-49, pulling away down the stretch after the score was tied at 47 late in the game.

The Ravens' boys' team made it a sweep with an easy 52-34 win against North Raleigh Christian Academy for a seventh consecutive TISAC championship.

Ravenscroft's girls' team avenged a pair of regular-season losses to Cary Academy with solid defense on Chargers junior Mickayla Sanders, who was named TISAC Player of the Year, and clutch free-throw shooting.

Sanders finished with 15 points but failed to score in the fourth quarter. Hardy singled out the defensive effort by Elle Stumpo, an all-conference player.

A victory for the Ravens' boys was apparent in the early going against North Raleigh Christian Academy. With swarming defense igniting the offense, the Ravens jumped to a 7-0 lead that soon swelled to 29-8.

"With our quickness at guard, we do a good job of pressuring the ball," Ravenscroft coach Kevin Billerman said. "We ran a couple of traps, and that caused some turnovers and we got fast breaks out of that."

The Ravens utilized a balanced attack led by TISAC Player of the Year Anton Gill, who finished with 11 to lead the versatile Ravens.

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