Before battling cross county rival Ravenswood this past Saturday (1/23), the AAA No. 13 Ripley Vikings (8-4, 6-2 MSAC) captured their seventh win with a home victory over conference foe Lincoln County (4-12, 3-9 MSAC), 87-77, last Thursday (1/21).
In the contest, Chase Fischer dropped a new career high of 46 points to add to his 32.9 ppg average. Teammate Kyle Harpold had one his best games of the year dropping 13 points and adding 10 rebounds.
Coach Harmon’s squad jumped out to an early 19-9 advantage following the first quarter. The Panthers would keep fighting to claw with seven just before the half after trailing by as much as 14, but would reach no further as Fischer and Harpold put on a clinic as the only two scorers in the quarter. The duo pushed Ripley’s lead up to 16 to allow the Vikings smooth sailings in the final frame.
Ripley came away with 14 steals to aid in Lincoln’s 27 turnovers. The Vikes were also hot from beyond the arch shooting 50% (12-24) aided by Derek Mullins and Cody Miller who nailed three apiece. In the final stretch, Fischer, Mullins, and Blake Barnette sank seven-of-10 free throws to ice the victory.
FISCHER- (7 REB, 3 AST, 7 STL); HARPOLD- (AST, BLK, STL); MULLINS- (12 PTS, REB, 2 AST, 2 STL); MILLER- (11 PTS, 4 REB, 3 AST, 3 STL); N. BARNETTE- (4 PTS, 8 REB); B. BARNETTE- (PT, 3 REB, 4 AST, BLK); G. REID- (REB, 2 AST, STL)
Following the ‘Hardwood Hatchet’ win, Ripley suited up that Monday (1/25) to battle the AAA No. 2-rated Black Eagles of South Charleston (10-2, 7-1 MSAC) in a high-flying offensive display, only to come up just short, 95-82.
In the loss, Fischer again poured on the buckets with a career-high second of 44 points, but was outmatched by SC’s dynamic duo of Pierra Henry and Edward Gordan who tallied 24 each.
Ripley led through the entire first half with a 38-35 advantage at the break, but surrendered the lead midway in the third as Black Eagle Josh Hudson converted a three-point play at the foul line to put SC up 51-49. From there, a back-and-forth battle left coach Robert Dawson’s club with a two-point edge, 59-57, to start the final quarter.
SC’s Ronald Beatty single-handedly took over the contest in the fourth by nailing five treys, to add to the Eagles’ 59% (16-27) from beyond the arc, and slowly etch out the 13-point win.
Miller raised his game for a season high 19 points to help Ripley’s 50% (31-62) shooting effort and tied Fischer with four steals as part of the Vikings’ total of 14.
FISCHER- (5 REB, 5 AST,); MILLER- (3 REB, 3 AST); HARPOLD- (6 PTS, team-high 7 REB, STL); MULLINS- (5 PTS, 3 REB, team-high 7 AST, 2 STL); N. BARNETTE- (3 PTS, 2 REB); G. REID- (3 PTS, 3 REB, 2 AST, 3 STL); B. BARNETTE- (2 PTS, 2 REB, 2 AST).
Ripley was slated for a home matchup against Princeton (1-11, 1-8 MSAC) last night (1/27) and will continue action tomorrow night (1/29) on the road against AAA No. 1-rated George Washington (13-0, 9-0 MSAC). Tip off is set for 7:30 p.m.