Grant Schneider shoots over the out-stretched arms of a WLA defender. He scored 12 points.
Grant Schneider shoots over the out-stretched arms of a WLA defender. He scored 12 points.

   The Ripon High School boys’ basketball team showed glimpses of what it can accomplish Tuesday in its season opener at home against Winnebago Lutheran Academy (WLA).

   It also showed just how much room it has for improvement.

   The Tigers suffered a heart-breaking 77-75 home loss to the Vikings in overtime. They had three opportunities in the final 10 seconds to send the contest into a second overtime, but couldn’t get the game-tying shot to fall.

   “We’ve got ourselves to blame,” Ripon head coach Steve Brooks said of the defeat. “We turned the ball over way too many times and then we didn’t capitalize on some point-blank chances and free throws. And then defensively, we didn’t make enough adjustments. It took us 14 minutes to adjust to some players and the style of the game being called, so that’s on us.”

   Ripon started off the game a little slow as the Vikings took a 6-2 advantage about three minutes in.

   It recovered, however, to score 15 of the next 17 points to take a 17-10 advantage, but was unable to sustain it. That proved to be a theme throughout the contest.

Read the full story, which includes information on Ripon's leading scorers, in the Nov. 28, 2019 edition of the Ripon Commonwealth Press.