Photos by Bethany McCullough | CatchMark
Kyle Beebe has hit a lot of big shots in his Ravenna High School basketball career.
None have been bigger than his 3-pointer from the top of the key with 2.1 seconds remaining Friday night, lifting the Bulldogs to a 56-53 victory over Montabella in a Division 3 district final at White Cloud High School.
It capped a monster game for Beebe, a 6-foot-2 senior guard, who totaled game highs of 25 points and 13 rebounds to go with four steals and three assists.
This is first district title since 2002 for Ravenna (15-6), which advances to Monday’s 5:30 p.m. regional semifinal at Carson City-Crystal against West Michigan Conference rival North Muskegon (15-8).
North Muskegon defeated Holton, 48-33, on Friday in a district final.
Ravenna fell into an early hold against hot-shooting Montabella (18-4), which stormed to a 26-12 first-quarter lead. The Bulldogs hung in there, however. They trailed 36-24 at halftime, then made their move in the third quarter with an 18-4 surge.
Sophomore Clay Schullo was a factor in the paint for the ‘Dogs, as he finished with 12 points, nine rebounds and two assists. Senior Grant Becklin had 10 points, two rebounds and three assists, while senior Travis May added nine points.
JT Smith led Montabella with 20 points, three rebounds and four assists. Evan Judge, Chase Burggren and Drew Kelsey added 12, 11 and 10 points, respectively, for the Mustangs.
Ravenna and North Muskegon split their regular-season series, winning on each other’s courts. The Norsemen won at Ravenna on Jan. 4 (56-41) and the Bulldogs returned the favor Feb. 10 at North Muskegon (58-53).
Carson City is located more than an hour east of Ravenna.
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