Riley Gatzke, left, and Jackson Morrin attempt to save the ball from going out of bounds late in the game
Riley Gatzke, left, and Jackson Morrin attempt to save the ball from going out of bounds late in the game

   For the first 12 minutes, it appeared like the Ripon High School boys’ basketball team would be able to hang with the more experienced Waupun Warriors Tuesday.

   Ripon led 18-13 and was frustrating Waupun on both ends of the floor.

   And then, just like that, the Warriors stepped on the gas pedal, leaving the Tigers in the dust with a 65-43 win in Ripon.

   “I was worried about starting slow,” Ripon head coach Steve Brooks said. “We hadn’t played in 10 days, so we should’ve had fresh legs, but just the execution part I thought would be rusty. But we started well. We executed and we hit some shots. Isaac [Mills] had some big shots in the first half and we came out and got a bit of a lead and then the experience took over. I think our lack of experience in this kind of game [hurt us].”

   Connor Kamphuis also hurt the Tigers. The junior came off the bench to hit four 3-pointers in the first half, which turned the tide in Waupun’s favor.

   The Warriors ended up taking a 29-22 advantage into halftime.

Read the full story, which includes information on what went wrong in the second half, in the Jan. 18, 2018 edition of the Ripon Commonwealth Press.