By CHIP CIRILLO
Ravenwood didn’t want its season to end, and it made sure it didn’t.
Four Ravenwood players scored in double figures, leading the Lady Raptors to a 52-39 win over visiting Summit in a District 11-AAA quarterfinal Friday night.
“I just think my seniors didn’t want to go home,” Ravenwood coach Mariska Harris said. “They didn’t want this to be their last game.”
Ravenwood sophomore Jazmyn Harmon and freshman Jaila Lee both scored 13 points.
Kiera Downey, the Lady Raptors’ career scoring leader, added 12 and senior Berkley Byron had 10.
Fourth-seeded Ravenwood (17-9) visits No. 1 Franklin (25-2) in Saturday’s 3 p.m. semifinal.
“I think we were very driven,” said Harmon, who played with a sprained ankle and a bone spur. “I think we realized the potential we have to go far, because when we play our best we are good.”
The Lady Raptors lost their previous two games against Page and Centennial, but they came back to life in the elimination game against No. 5 Summit (11-12).
“That was unexpected,” Harmon said of Tuesday’s last-second loss at Centennial. “We didn’t play to deserve to win that game. I think it made us have more motivation for this game, definitely.”
Ravenwood swept three games from Summit.
“Today, I just felt more confident,” Lee said.
The Colson sisters, Olivia and Ellie, both scored 10 points for the Lady Spartans.
Ravenwood jumped out to a 15-6 lead after the first quarter and pulled away from there.
“You hate it (for the season) to come to an abrupt end as it does,” Summit coach Kari Goodwin said. “Any team that slows us down, we’re going to have problems with. And that’s exactly what they did, and they did it really well.”
Ravenwood’s half-court press gave Summit problems, preventing the Lady Spartans from getting in transition. The Lady Raptors forced Summit’s inside-oriented offense to shoot outside.
“It was our turnovers and we didn’t rebound like we should have,” said Olivia Colson, a Faulkner signee. “And we didn’t get inside. We took too many outside shots. They double-teamed. So frustrating.”
Ravenwood pushed the ball all game.
“Their constant transition — that’s what made it hard, trying to keep up with that,” said Ellie Colson, a freshman.