RAVENNA — For about a quarter and a half, Woodridge girls basketball seemed to half things going their way Wednesday at Ravenna’s Jim L. Coll Gymnasium.
The Bulldogs led 18-11 and seemed to have Ravens in check.
It was at that point, however, where Ravenna took over.
Ravenna finished the second quarter on an 18-3 run to take the lead and then limited the Bulldogs to just 12 second-half points. It all added up to a 50-33 win for the Ravens in the Portage Trail Conference Metro Division opener for both teams.
Ravenna improved to 2-2, 1-0 in the Metro Division, while Woodridge dropped to 0-3, 0-1 in the division.
Ravens coach Sonny Tilden noted his team’s defense was the key to the win.
"I thought we played better defensively tonight than we did in our first three games," Tilden said. We made some extra passes tonight and that always leads to better baskets."
Woodridge coach Chris Nauer wasn’t unhappy with his team’s effort.
"I think defensively we game-planned all week," Nauer said. "Condition-wise, I think we ran out of gas a little. We’ve just go to get back to work tomorrow."
The focus for the Ravens’ offense was forward Lauren Calhoun, as the 6-foot-1 junior had a height advantage over the Bulldogs. Tilden noted Calhoun hit her first seven shot of the of the night and also went 6-of-7 from the free throw line. She led all scorers with 20 points, along with five rebounds and two blocks.
Tilden admitted he ran his offense through Calhouns hands.
"They found her tonight," Tilden said.
"I expected them to look for her," Nauer said. "I think we did a good job on her for the most part. She got her looks."
Woodridge forward Aniya Rashid kept pace with Calhoun in the first half, as she scored 10 of her team-high 13 points before halftime. She and Sophie DeBord combined to give the Bulldogs their largest lead at 18-11.
The Ravenns started roaring back, thanks to back-to-back buckets from Aaliyah Ruppel, including a three-pointer. Ravenna switched to a full-cour press and Woodridge’s offensive continuity fell apart.
Ravenna also had a much better night at the line, going 10-of-13 from the charity stripe. Woodridge managed to shoot just 3-of-9 from the line.
With Ravenna up 29-21 at the half, Calhoune would score Ravenna’s first six points of the second half and Woodridge never recovered.
Despite a pair of bucket from Anyah Parker in the third, Woodridge found itself down 39-28 after three quarters.
A layup from DeBord and a free throw from Armani Artice cut the lead to 39-31, but the Bulldogs would come no close. Woodridge managed only five field goals after halftime.
"There was a lid on the basket in that second half," Nauer said.
Ravenna point guard Jatia Caples finished with six points and a team-high nine rebounds — which is quite a feat for the shortest girl on the floor at 5-foot-1. Parker finished with six points and eight rebounds for Woodridge.
Woodridge will next see action at home Saturday vs. Streetsboro at 2:30 p.m. The Bulldogs will then host Cloverleaf next Wedneday at 7 p.m.