Tiger girls’ basketball coach Jason Wickstrom thought his team had it figured out.

After struggling through the middle part of the season, Ripon put a win on the board last week Friday, and looked like the team he saw early on this year.

But then the struggling squad reappeared Tuesday night as the Tigers fell to Little Chute 53-43.

“They just played with more intensity,” Wickstrom said of Little Chute. “They wanted it more than we did — not that we didn’t play hard. I guess we’ll have to go back to the drawing board.”

Ripon (4-7, 8-8) fought hard along the way, but couldn’t match up with the Mustangs (4-7, 4-12).

The Tigers trailed by two after the first quarter, and three at the half. Little Chute got away from Ripon in the third quarter, building a nine-point advantage and went on to win by 10.

Wickstrom said his team tried to work the ball inside to Chelsea Moldenhauer and others, but struggled doing so. Ripon also had trouble stopping Little Chute’s penetrate and kick offense.

Read the full story in the Feb. 10, 2011 edition of the Ripon Commonwealth Press.

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