Olivia Lewis glides to the basket for a layup in Ripon’s win over Winneconne. She finished with a game-high 23 points.
Olivia Lewis glides to the basket for a layup in Ripon’s win over Winneconne. She finished with a game-high 23 points.

   Two day after shocking No. 5-seeded Winneconne, the Ripon Tiger girls’ basketball team could not pull off another upset.

   The Tigers, who were the No. 12 seed in its 12-team half-sectional bracket, lost to the No. 4-seeded Berlin Indians 68-51 last week Friday on the road.

    The defeat in the regional semifinals ends Ripon’s season. The Tigers finish the year with a record of 5-19 overall.

   “With the long-standing history and the rivalry there, I thought that we were going to be able to bring the same type of enthusiasm to the game [as we did against Winneconne] and get off to a fast start as well,” Ripon head coach Tom McNeill said. “Unfortunately, we found ourselves trailing within the first couple of minutes of the first half. Then you’ve got to expend a lot of energy just to get the game even and unfortunately we weren’t able to do that in the first half.”

   The Tigers fell behind early as the Indians knocked down a couple of 3-pointers that helped Berlin build a double-digit lead it held for the majority of the game.

   Berlin led 36-25 at halftime and extended the lead to 56-32 eight minutes into the second half.

Read the full story, which includes information on the future of the team, in the March 1, 2018 edition of the Ripon Commonwealth Press.