Before Ripon High School head girls’ basketball coach Tom McNeill knew what happened, his team trailed the Campbellsport Cougars 10-1 Tuesday evening.

   It has been an all too common occurrence this year for the Tigers as slow starts have plagued them.

   They couldn’t recover from it either as they trailed 32-20 entering halftime and got only as close as seven points in the second half on their way to a 64-50 road loss.

   “Two minutes into the game, I’m looking at the scoreboard and it’s 10-1 and I’m like, ‘OK,’” Tom McNeill said. “… After that, we ended up getting some good looks, but unfortunately there was a lid on the basket in the first five minutes of the first half for us.”

   He added Ripon started to get some shots to fall after that and began to close the deficit a little bit, but it just had to scrap for every point it scored in the first half.

   The Tigers also gave up several offensive rebounds, which hurt their chances of coming back to win. They were playing without leading rebounder and one of their senior captains, Erin McNeill, who was out with an illness.

Read the full story, which includes information on a loss against Winneconne, in the Jan. 25, 2018 edition of the Ripon Commonwealth Press.