Isaac Mills attempts a layup in Ripon’s 55-48 win over Winneconne as Marshall Morrin, right, watches
Isaac Mills attempts a layup in Ripon’s 55-48 win over Winneconne as Marshall Morrin, right, watches

   When the Ripon High School boys’ basketball team needed a big shot Tuesday night against the Winneconne Wolves, it got it.

   And many of those came from behind the 3-point line.

   The Tigers made 10 of 19 shots from deep en route to a 55-48 conference-opening road victory.

   “It’s huge; it’s a really good thing,” Ripon head coach Steve Brooks said of the win, noting it was a confidence boost for his players. “They absolutely earned this victory tonight because they’ve been working hard and they competed. Winneconne is no slouch. They’ve got good kids, they’re very well coached … It was a fun atmosphere. It was a back-and-forth game and the crowd was into it. I’m just fortunate that our kids did enough to come out on top.”

   Leading the Tigers (1-0 conference, 3-2 overall) in the first half was guard Hunter Auchtung.

   The junior sunk five 3-pointers on his way to a 17-point, first-half performance in the first 18 minutes. His final shot from long range gave Ripon a 33-28 lead at the half.

   “We kind of rode his back early on and he played inside out,” Brooks said of Auchtung “We got him some touches and our kids know that when he gets on a role to keep going to him.”

   In the second half, it was forward Austin Lopez that took over.

Read the full story, which includes information on a win over New London, in the Dec. 13, 2017 edition of the Ripon Commonwealth Press.