Kerstin Sauerbrei shoots the ball between two Berlin defenders.
Kerstin Sauerbrei shoots the ball between two Berlin defenders.

   Ripon High School head girls’ basketball coach Tom McNeill felt the Tigers had a good game plan for Berlin coming into last week Friday’s game.

   Mari Beltran and the Indians foiled those thoughts.

   The Berlin junior scored a career-high 23 points, which included four 3-pointers, to lead her team to a convincing 65-41 victory over the rival Tigers in Ripon.

   With the loss, the Tigers fall to 2-2 in the East Central Conference and 3-5 overall. The Indians, meanwhile, improve to 2-2 in the conference and 6-3 overall.

   “She’s a gifted shooter, especially a 3-point shooter, and she’s trying to find ways to locate her shot and she did a very good job against us tonight,” Tom McNeill said of Beltran after the game. “It’s one of those little fundamental things that if we’re closing out properly on her … we’re forcing her to put the ball on the floor and that may take her out of the rhythm. But we just never went ahead and got ourselves in close enough position for her to do that.”

   Ripon also struggled offensively against Berlin in the loss and Tom McNeill believed that snowballed to the defensive end.

Read the full story in the Dec. 28, 2017 edition of the Ripon Commonwealth Press.