The Ripon High School Tiger girls’ basketball team used a hot start and some key plays late to defeat the Winneconne Wolves 58-56 on the road last week Thursday and snap a three-game losing streak.
Ripon jumped out to a 20-4 advantage over the Wolves and never trailed after that. The Wolves did make it a one-possession game a couple times late in the contest, but Ripon always had an answer.
The Tigers were coming off lopsided losses to Waupun and Kewaskum, and a tough defeat to Kettle Moraine Lutheran in which they squandered an eight-point second-half lead. It’s their first conference win.
“It was very nice to see the team execute and learn from our recent games and come away with the win,” Ripon head coach Jesse Nodolf said about the victory and his team getting back on the winning track.
Nodolf credited the fast start to the Tigers’ defense leading to offense, which is an area he noted the team has been working on. Ripon also got a spark early on from Karsyn Bauman as the sophomore scored seven of her team’s first 15 points. She finished the contest with a team- and career-high 17 points.
“We were able to utilize mismatches very well,” Nodolf said of what allowed Bauman to be successful. “She also let the game come to her. It was nice to see.”
While the Tigers jumped out to a big lead and still held a 36-21 advantage early in the second half, Winneconne didn’t go away easily. Every time the Wolves made a run, however, Ripon had an answer.
After the Wolves got within 42-36, Ripon went on a 10-6 run to extend its lead to 52-42. Then, after Winneconne responded with a 9-0 run to get within 52-51, Bauman connected on a 3-pointer to make it 55-51. While Winneccone answered that with a 3-pointer of its own, Celina Lopez sank a jumper to stretch the lead back to three. That proved to be a big basket as Winneconne got those two points back to make it 57-56.
The Wolves did have a chance to tie the game after a Ripon free throw, but missed a shot at the buzzer.
“I thought our athletes stayed confident and utilized what they have learned to come away with the win,” Nodolf said.
Much like Ripon did in its first two victories of the season, it dominated the boards. Leading the effort for Ripon was Alli Bumby as the junior recorded 33 rebounds. This comes after she tallied totals of 17, 19 and 20 in the Tigers’ first three games of the season. The 33 rebounds is a new school record, according to Nodolf.
She also scored 13 points, the majority of which came in the second half. The 13 points was second on the team only to Bauman’s 17.
The Ripon head coach noted that he and assistant coach Cris Bumby can’t say enough about what Alli Bumby brings to the team and that the Tigers needed every one of Alli Bumby’s rebounds.
Her final rebounds came after Ripon missed the front end of a 1-and-1 in the final seconds. She ended up getting fouled on a putback attempt and made 1 of 2 free throws to give the Tigers a 58-56 lead.
Ari Brooks added 12 points for Ripon, while Lopez added seven points. Lucy Beuthin and Bella Miller rounded out the scoring for the Tigers in the victory with four points apiece.
Ripon was hurt in the second half by turnovers, after doing a good job of taking care of the ball in the first half. Nodolf noted the Tigers need to stay confident and use what they’ve learned to minimize the miscues.