Erin McNeill releases a contested layup in the first half as teammates Karissa Niederkorn (21) and Ava Moldenhauer (24) watch.
Erin McNeill releases a contested layup in the first half as teammates Karissa Niederkorn (21) and Ava Moldenhauer (24) watch.

   Some losses are harder to stomach than others.

   Tuesday’s game was one of them for Ripon Tiger girls’ basketball head coach Tom McNeill.

   Ripon let a 10-point halftime lead slip away and had chances to tie the game or take the lead late in second half, but fell to Winnebago Lutheran Academy (WLA) 71-67.

   The game was the home opener for the Tigers and drops their record to 1-2 a week into the season.

   “[It was a] hard-fought loss,” Tom McNeill. “As I was mentioning to the girls, the little thing in team sports can make such a huge difference. We’ve got to get out the habit of looking down where we’re ultimately passing to. We’re throwing some passes that are questionable and, unfortunately, it’s getting us in trouble because it’s leading to easy transition for, in this case, WLA.

   We’ve just got to focus again on those little things.”

   He was proud of how Ripon didn’t give up when the game wasn’t going its way in the second half. It led 36-26 after one half, before allowing the Viking to score six straight points to begin the second and 18 of the first 25 to take a  44-43 lead with 10 minutes left.

Read the full story, which includes information on a defeat at the hands of North Fond du Lac, in the Nov. 23, 2017 edition of the Ripon Commonwealth Press.