All three Ripon High School winter sports were in action tonight as the Tiger boys' basketball team traveled to Winneconne, the wrestling team hosted Campbellsport and the girls' basketball team hit the road to face the Winnebago Lutheran Academy Vikings.
Boys' basketball: Ripon 67, Winneconne 66 — Trailing by as many as 17 points in the second half and by 10 with three minutes remaining, the Tigers pulled off an improbable win as Riley Brooks sunk the game-winning shot as time expired to lift them to victory (see video, which is courtesy of Maxwell Belling).
Ripon started off the game strong as it led 29-22 with a little more than two minutes left in the half, but the Wolves closed the half on a 6-0 run and started the second half on a 9-2 stretch to take a 37-31 lead.
The margin then was stretched to 17 points at 55-38 with a little less than 12 minutes left and was still double digits at 63-53 with three minutes left.
But the Tigers didn't give up as they got a couple shots to fall and received help from Winneconne, which was trying to bleed the clock. The Wolves missed their first 1-and-1 opportunity at the free-throw line with 1 minute, 20 seconds left and a 63-58 lead. Ripon took advantage with a 3-pointer to make it 63-61 with less than a minute remaining in the game.
Winneconne then made both of its free throws with 14.7 seconds left to regain a 65-61 lead. Ripon then was fouled on a drive to the basket and made the first free throw and missed the second, but was able to get the rebound and Riley Brooks capitalized on it with a 3-pointer to make it 65-64.
The Tigers then immediately fouled the Wolves, who once again missed the front end of the 1-and-1. Ripon was able to secure the rebound and brought the ball near halfcourt, where it called a timeout with 1.7 seconds left.
Following the timeout, Garrett Jennings inbounded the ball and found Riley Brooks on the other end of the court, who sunk a mid-range jumper to win the game.
Riley Brooks, who was mobbed after the shot, finished with 16 points. Grant Schneider, meanwhile, scored a game-high 28 points, which also matches his career-high. Jennings added nine points, while Spencer Schultz and Kai Agamaite finished with seven points each.
Wrestling: Campbellsport 54, Ripon 18 — After dominating Kewaskum in its first dual of the season, the Tigers ran into a tough Cougar team Tuesday. They were able to win only three matches on the night. Doing the honors were Aaron Socha (285-pound weight class), LeeRoy Cotton (160) and Alex Button (170). Socha and Cotton both won via first-period pins, while Button scored a pin in the second period. Ripon had several other wrestlers who were competitive for the first couple of periods, but succumbed to pins in the second or third periods. Among them were Garrett Briskie (220), Joe Williams (113), Cale Agamaite (132), Ryan Forslund (152). The Tigers gave up 18 points on forfeits.
Girls' basketball: WLA 74, Ripon 34 — The Tigers had no answer for the Vikings in a non-conference game on either end of the court. They allowed 37 points in both the first and second halves, while tallying just 19 points in the first half and 15 points in the second. Alayna Suprenand led all scorers with 25 points on 11-of-19 shooting, which included 3 of 7 from behind the 3-point line.