The Ravenscroft Varsity Girls Basketball team finished as runner-up in the North Carolina Independent Schools Athletic Association 4A State Championships, played over Winter Break.
The Ravens, playing on their home court, battled North Raleigh Christian Academy, falling to the Knights 40-35 in the championship game on Saturday, Feb. 23. The girls led 14-10 after the first period. In a low-scoring second period, NRCA cut the lead to 20-18. The third period had lots of back-and-forth action, with NRCA taking a 31-28 lead on the last possession of the period. The team played tough defense but fell short on the offensive end. Leading the way for the Ravens was Aliya Richmond '21 with 11 points and Macy Frederiksen '20 with 9 points.
In the semifinals on Friday evening, the Ravens upset No. 2 seed Wesleyan Christian Academy 50-35, avenging a 46-45 loss to the Trojans earlier in the year. Lauren Harrison '20 led the way with 14 points, Lindsay Carter '22 scored 12 points, and Kelly Baker '20 scored 10 points.
A week earlier, the No. 3-seeded Ravens hosted Durham Academy in the quarterfinals, easily advancing by the score of 49-38. Leading scorers were Lauren Harrison '20 with 13 points, Kelly Baker '20 and Macy Frederiksen '20 with 12 points each, and Aliya Richmond '21 with 10 points.
Coach Mike Ramel said of the team's post-season performance, "I couldn't be more proud of this total team effort to get us so close to a state championship. We battled all season through injuries and players missing time due to a variety of circumstances, yet they continued to find a way to rally around each other and step up to fill in. After falling to NRCA twice by 15-plus points during the season, it was easy to count ourselves out heading into the final. But they were prepared mentally and battled for 32 minutes, falling just short at the end.
"With only two players graduating," he added, "this group has a bright future ahead and is already focused on getting back to this position next season and finishing the job."