The No. 12/5 upset is one of the most common every year during the NCAA March Madness Basketball Tournament.
Unfortunately, it didn’t carry over to the WIAA Tournament for the Ripon High School girls’ basketball team Tuesday.
The Tigers, who were the No. 12 seed, fell on the road to the No. 5-seeded Mayville Cardinals
54-35 in a regional quarterfinal.
With the loss, they end their season with a record of 3-20.
“Going into the game, I really wanted the girls to just understand … that everybody’s record at this point is out the window; everybody is 0-0,” Ripon head coach Tom McNeill said Tuesday. “I said, ‘We want to prove how far we can catapult ourselves over this insurmountable wall of a season that we’ve had. We’ve got opportunities here in front of us. We’re going to take it to Mayville.’”
While he hoped the Tigers could flex their muscles, it was the Cardinals that flew right past them into the next round.
Mayville jumped out to a 10-2 lead a couple minutes into the game and finished the first half on a 12-4 run to take a 22-10 advantage over Ripon heading into the break.
According to Tom McNeill, the Tigers got some open shots in the first 18 minutes, but were unable to get many of them to fall.
Read the full story, which includes information on a loss to Campbellsport and the future of the team, in the Feb. 23 edition of the Ripon Commonwealth Press.