Celina Lopez shoots the ball during Ripon’s 20-4 run to begin the game Tuesday.
Celina Lopez shoots the ball during Ripon’s 20-4 run to begin the game Tuesday.

   The Ripon High School girls’ basketball team could not have asked for a better start Tuesday.

   It jumped out to a 20-4 advantage over the visiting Winnebago Lutheran Academy (WLA) Vikings just six minutes into the game.

   “We started the game fast just by seeing the floor,” Ripon head coach Jesse Nodolf said. “We made some easy passes, they’re out of defensive positions and we finished.”

   Unfortunately for the Tigers, they were unable to sustain their level of play as they fell 74-64.

   Turnovers played a big role in the game, especially in the first half when the Vikings closed to within four at 33-29 and entered halftime with some confidence.

   “First timeout I took in the game, I told everybody it’s going to be a game of runs,” Jesse Nodolf said. “We had the first run and we knew they were going to have a run ... They made that run. It started off with some careless passes. Those are things we’ve got to work on, we’ve been working on. We’re a young team, not a lot of experience.

   “I’m proud of the way they played, but we do need to take care of the basketball better.”

   Ripon also committed 27 fouls, which resulted in 48 free throws.

Read the full story, which includes information on a strong game from Kerstin Sauerbrei, in the Dec. 5, 2019 edition of the Ripon Commonwealth Press.