Olivia Lewis glides to the basket for a layup against Kettle Moraine Lutheran.
Olivia Lewis glides to the basket for a layup against Kettle Moraine Lutheran.

   The Ripon High School girls’ basketball team had nothing to lose and everything to gain by playing hard last week Thursday against Kettle Moraine Lutheran (KML).

   That was what Ripon head coach Tom McNeill told his players and it seemed to pay off.

   The Tigers, who trailed the Chargers 38-5 after a half in their first meeting of the year and lost 64-24, were much more competitive.

   They entered the intermission this time down 38-30 and stayed within 10 to 15 points for most of the second half, before falling to the Chargers 70-57 at home.

   Ripon also was scheduled to travel to Winneconne Tuesday for a regional quarterfinal game with the Wolves, but that was postponed after classes were canceled due to an ice storm.

   It will be made up tonight (Wednesday), with the regional semifinal and final games still slated for Friday and Saturday.

   “One of the things I had shared with the girls is that, ‘Wouldn’t it be great to knock them off and have them be co-conference champs?’ But sometimes the gods don’t fall in our favor,” Tom McNeill said. “The girls played extremely hard, played extremely well, a solid game from us; a couple of shots fall and it’s a different game for us.”

Read the full story, which includes information on a strong performance by Kerstin Sauerbrei, in the Feb. 22, 2018 edition of the Ripon Commonwealth Press.