Hunter Schneider grimaces as he is pulled backward by a Lourdes Academy defender, while Austin Lopez goes up for a shot.
Hunter Schneider grimaces as he is pulled backward by a Lourdes Academy defender, while Austin Lopez goes up for a shot.

   It was the Hunter Auchtung show for the Ripon High School boys’ basketball team Monday night against Lourdes Academy.

   The Ripon High School junior scored a career-high 29 points in the game, including 18 in the second half, to propel the Tigers to a 61-56 road win over the Knights.

   The effort included out-scoring Lourdes 17-5 himself to begin the second half. The stretch opened what was a 28-25 halftime lead to 45-30 with around 10 minutes left.

   “We challenged Hunter after watching him play against Plymouth,” Ripon head coach Steve Brooks said after the game. “We said, ‘[Every team is] going to put a great defender on you and ... they’re going to take you away’ ... He hit his first shot, which is always good for him and for us, and we got him some looks. We started to screen better tonight.”

   Ripon (4-3 overall) also played a strong defensive game against the Knights (6-3 overall), who were averaging 68.6 points per game entering the contest.

   It held the Knights to 25 points in the first half and limited them to just 35 with four minutes left, before they scored some points late.

   “We knew going in that we were going to have to step up and play well,” Brooks said, noting Lourdes has three guards who had taken 131 3-pointers in eight games this year.

Read the full story, which includes information on a loss to Plymouth in the Dec. 21, 2017 edition of the Ripon Commonwealth Press.