Tamera Holland releases one of two 3-pointers she made against Markesan.
Tamera Holland releases one of two 3-pointers she made against Markesan.

    Hanging with its opponent hasn’t been the problem at times for the Ripon High School Tiger girls’ basketball team this season.

   Getting over the hump has.

   For the second time in as many days, Ripon was within striking distance Tuesday, but couldn’t make the plays when it needed to.

   It trailed Wautoma just 50-48 with two minutes left and had a chance to tie the game or take the lead before turning the ball over and watching the host Hornets capitalize with two-straight baskets.

   The Tigers ended up dropping the non-conference game 57-51.

   Despite the loss, Ripon head coach Tom McNeill was pleased with the effort of his players.

“Myself and the other coaches were very complimentary because at a certain point in the second half we were down by nine,” he said. “And then we were able to cut it to two and then they went up by six and then we cut it back down to two. During those two runs to get us back in there, we gave them different looks and the girls performed extremely well and didn’t stop fighting until the end.”

   The fight was on display the entire game as the Tigers (4-17 overall) trailed pretty much from the get-go, which included 30-24 at halftime.

Read the full story, which includes information on another tough loss to Markesan, in the Feb. 15, 2018 edition of the Ripon Commonwealth Press.