Tamera Holland
Tamera Holland

   Trailing host Belleville 48-39 with around five minutes left, the Ripon High School girls’ basketball team needed a spark Tuesday.

   Tamera Holland provided it.

  The junior reserve, who was seeing increased minutes as a result of an injury to senior captain Olivia Lewis, drilled two 3-pointers to cut the margin to 48-45.

   “She did a very good job for giving us the necessary spark that we needed, especially at that point in the game,” Ripon head coach Tom McNeill said of Holland.

   The Tigers then made a free throw to make it 48-46, but that was as close as they got. The teams traded baskets and Belleville then made two free throws with nine seconds left to secure a 52-48 win.

   “We had the right individual on the line and, as you can imagine, she went ahead and hit both free throws,” Tom McNeill said.

   Despite losing the non-conference contest, the Ripon coach was proud of the Tigers’ performance.

   “It was a great effort by our kids and I know they have a lot they can build upon with regards to going up against this quality team,” he said.

Read the full story, which includes information on a loss to KML, in the Jan. 18, 2018 edition of the Ripon Commonwealth Press.