The Ripon High School Tiger girls' basketball picked up a win against a team with a winning record tonight as it defeated the Waupaca Comets 55-45 in a non-conference home game.
Ripon (5-6 overall) led the Comets, who entered the game with a record of 5-3, 28-23 at halftime and shook off a rough start to the second half to come away with the double-digit victory. It trailed 33-39 around the halfway point of the second half, before finishing the game on a dominating 22-6 run.
Bella Miller had a lot to due with the Tigers' success as she scored a game- and career-high 22 points, with 10 of them coming during the run to end the game. The sophomore was especially effective from the free-throw line as she converted 12 of 14 attempts. One of her two misses resulted in points as well as Karsyn Bauman grabbed the offensive rebound, was fouled on her shot attempt and made both free throws.
It was one of two times in the first half that Bauman rebounded a missed free throw and scored and she also took a McKenzie Nodolf miss off the front of the rim and put it in.
As a team, Ripon was 19 of 25 from the free-throw line. The Comets, meanwhile, were just 10 of 20 on free throws.
Behind Miller's 22 points, the Tigers received eight points from Ally Bradley, seven points from Maleigha Kovalaske and five points from McKenzie Nodolf.
Ripon will try to build off the win and even its record at 6-6 Thursday, when it travels to Omro for a non-conference game. The six wins would mark its most since 2014-15 when it went 8-16.
The game against Omro is scheduled to tip off at 7 p.m.