Isaac Mills dribbles as he gains possession of a loose ball as Hunter Schneider, right, and two Kewaskum players watch.
Isaac Mills dribbles as he gains possession of a loose ball as Hunter Schneider, right, and two Kewaskum players watch.

   The Ripon High School boys’ basketball team gave conference-leading Kettle Moraine Lutheran (KML) all it could handle Tuesday.

   In the end, however, it wasn’t enough as the Tigers fell 58-51.

   Ripon (4-6 conference, 8-9 overall) was within three points of the host Chargers (10-0 conference, 14-4 overall) with a little more than two minutes left. It then was down just four within around a minute to go, before having to foul in hopes of extending the game.

   “I was nothing but positive after the game and I said I was extremely proud of the effort,” Ripon head coach Steve Brooks said. “It just goes to show what effort will do in a high school basketball game. You look at some of the games that we’ve lost last couple of weeks and you would point your finger to a lack of effort ... They’re quite capable of performing at a high level with good competition.”

   Brooks also was pleased with the Tigers’ ability to make adjustments. They trailed 32-23 at halftime, prior to going on a 9-2 run to start the second half.

   “We talked about some adjustments at halftime and I was pleased with our effort,” he said. “We defended well. We knew what they were going to do and we actually forced them out of their strength. We forced them to play some different people just because we took them out of their game.”

   He added that the Tigers kept their composure throughout. In addition to fighting back from the halftime deficit, they answered a couple KML runs with runs of their own to take the game down to the wire.

Read the full story, which includes information on a come-from-behind win over Kewaskum, in the Feb. 8, 2018 edition of the Ripon Commonwealth Press.