A ten-day layoff may have hindered the Ripley Vikings more so than helped, dropping their second game of the season to Winfield on Monday night, 79-71.

 


A ten-day layoff may have hindered the Ripley Vikings more so than helped, dropping their second game of the season to Winfield on Monday night, 79-71.

Ripley (13-7, 11-4 MSAC) fell early in the game as the Generals (14-6) were able to work the ball and cash in on three straight trey’s as part of a five-minute 17-7 run.

Climbing back within seven at the one-minute mark, Derek Mullins would help close out the first quarter on back-to-back three’s of his own to cut the deficit to five, 23-18.

Mullins recorded his second highest scoring output of the season with 20 (21- Capital- 1/13), lighting it up for six three’s to go with a team-high five assists.

With six minutes left until the half Ripley fought hard to take their first lead, 26-25, off a Chase Fischer trey. Holding on to a slight 31-30 edge, the Vikes couldn’t find the bottom of the net through a two-minute stretch, which allowed Winfield to rally eleven points in the final minutes to lead at the break, 41-37.

“They were the better team tonight,” Coach Harmon said of the loss. “It’s a major difference with their big guy inside (Adam Kline). We don’t have a consistent enough inside game to compete.”
Kline finished with a double-double, 28 point, 14-rebound night, as one of four Generals to record double-digit numbers (Kessler-22, Keefer-15, Cantrell-12).

Ripley wouldn’t see another lead in the game but managed to knot the score at 66 with just under five minutes left to go in the game, before suffering their seventh loss of the year, but holding on to third place in the MSAC East standings.

“This team is very balanced and well coached,” Harmon said of Winfield. “Some of our guys didn’t have great games, but we fought hard all the way through. They are just a great shooting team.”
Winfield finished 12-of-13 from the free throw line and 60-percent from the floor. Ripley was 49-percent (26-53) in the field, 36-percent from three (11-30), and eight-of-ten from the charity stripe.

The Vikings return to action this Friday traveling north for the season finale against rival Ravenswood (17-3, 9-2 LKC) in the Pit. Varsity tip off is set for 7:30 p.m.

Ripley- 18-19-14-20—71
Winfield- 23-18-18-20—79

Fischer (5 AST, 2 STL, REB), Mullins (STL), Cody Miller (7 PTS, 3 REB, AST, STL), Kyle Harpold (5 PTS, 5 REB, 2 AST, 3 BLK), Blake Barnette (3 PTS, 6 REB, 4 AST, STL), Nick Barnette (2 PTS, 4 REB), Garrett Reid (2 REB, 2 STL).

JV RECAP- Ripley 44, Winfield 72- Jared Mullins 5, Casey Smith 14, Corey Smith 9, Taylor Goodwin 9, Nick Coon 4, Jacob Haynes 2, Chuck Sleboda 1. Winfield’s Barrett Arnold led his team with 10.