Isaac Mills a 3-pointer against Winneconne. He finished with a career-high 11 points.
Isaac Mills a 3-pointer against Winneconne. He finished with a career-high 11 points.

    The start of the first and second halves were not the problem for the Ripon High School boys’ basketball team Tuesday night against the Plymouth Panthers.

   The same cannot be said of the conclusion of the two halves.

   Ripon was out-scored 12-0 in the final six-plus minutes of the first half and 26-13 in the last eight minutes of the second half en route to dropping the road game 64-49.

   The first-half drought came when the Tigers (3-5 conference, 7-8 overall) were trailing just 16-15 and resulted in them being behind Plymouth (5-3 conference, 10-5 overall) 28-15 at halftime.

   “Defensively, we had a couple of breakdowns, but ultimately ... we didn’t adjust to the way the game was being officiated, so we got ourselves into foul trouble and got them some easy free-throw situations,” Ripon head coach Steve Brooks said. “We didn’t execute our possessions on offense as well as we did in the first 12 minutes of the game and dug ourselves a 13-point hole at halftime. It’s hard to come back from that.”

   While the Tigers never fully recovered, they did make it a game as they pulled to 38-36 with a little less than eight minutes left on an alley-oop dunk by Max Beuthin.

Read the full story, which includes information on a loss to Winneconne, in the Feb. 8, 2018 edition of the Ripon Commonwealth Press.