Applying pressure to a Campbellsport ball-handler in the closing minutes of Ripon’s 55-35 victory are, with faces visible, from left, Grace Rauch, Elle Lewis and Tamera Holland. Watching are a Cougar player and Maria Meincke, right.
Applying pressure to a Campbellsport ball-handler in the closing minutes of Ripon’s 55-35 victory are, with faces visible, from left, Grace Rauch, Elle Lewis and Tamera Holland. Watching are a Cougar player and Maria Meincke, right.

   The Ripon High School girls’ basketball team played two polar opposite halves Tuesday night against the Kewaskum Indians.

   In the first half, it played suffocating defense. In the second, it put on an offensive display.

   The result was a 66-45 road victory over the Indians.

   The win marks their second straight in the conference as they improve to 2-1 in the East Central and 3-4 overall. The Indians fall to 0-4 in conference and 0-8 overall.

   “It’s obviously a good feeling,” Ripon head coach Tom McNeill said about the wins, noting the girls have worked hard in practice. “Some of the little things that we’ve been trying to focus our attention on in practice, we were able to go ahead and correct those things and I think some of those, obviously, led to the two victories.”

   Tuesday night’s game started off as a defensive battle as the Tigers led Kewaskum 23-16 after the first 18 minutes of play.

   Tom McNeill credited part of that to a strong defensive performance by Ripon, as well as some missed opportunities by his team on offense.

Read the full story, which includes information on a win over Campbellsport, in the Dec. 21, 2017 edition of the Ripon Commonwealth Press.