Olivia Lewis attacks the basket. She finished with 15 points.
Olivia Lewis attacks the basket. She finished with 15 points.

   Ripon High School head girls’ basketball coach Tom McNeill challenged his team at halftime to increase its defensive intensity end and hunt its shot.

   The Tigers did both of those in the second half, but it wasn’t enough. Sydney Flier and the Waupun Warriors were too much for Ripon, which lost 62-49 Tuesday night at home.

   Ripon (3-9 conference, 4-14 overall) cut an 11-point deficit after a halftime to as few as four points on a couple of occasions in the second half.

   “We had a very pointed conversation in the halftime discussion,” Tom McNeill said. “... I thought we were a little tentative in the first half when it comes to being aggressive and looking for our shot. We just did a much better job in the second of being more aggressive.”

   The Tigers opened the half with a 3-pointer from Karissa Niederkorn and received several other mid-range shots and 3-pointers.

   Behind those baskets, as well as some layups off aggressive drives by Olivia Lewis, Ripon closed the deficit to 36-40 and later 44-48.

   But every time it drew close, it seemed like it committed a turnover and the Warriors (7-5 conference, 11-9 overall) capitalized.

Read the full story, which includes information on how Ripon fared against Berlin, in the Feb. 8, 2018 edition of the Ripon Commonwealth.