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Jackson Newspapers - Ripley, WV
  • Williams earns double-double but Ripley falls, 77-39

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  • RIPLEY - The ladies in green and yellow came out of the locker room and established a fast pace early on and the Lady Vikings hoops squad was unable to recover as Huntington took down Ripley at the Ripley Health Center on a snowy Friday night, 77-39.
    On an evening that Jackson County was dusted with a thin blanket of snow and it was unclear if the game would be played, The Lady Highlanders jumped out to a quick 25-6 lead after one quarter.
    The Lady Vikings fought back on the tough inside play of Sarah Williams and Kacie Whitney and while Huntington held a 15-12 edge in scoring in the second period, Ripley proved to be an opponent that would not give up. The Lady Highlanders took a 40-18 lead to halftime.
    Sarah Williams has come on strong this season and is continuing her development as a post player. The junior hoopster netted a double-double for the Lady Vikings by netting 11 points and 12 boards.
    After a lackluster third period for Ripley, the girls in blue turned on the jets in the fourth and managed to finish off the game strong while being edged in the final period 16-15.
    Ripley (0-6) handled Huntington's pressure defense much more effectively after some halftime adjustments by the Lady Viking coaching staff.
    The girls in green shot an unbelievable 74% from the floor while Ripley hit a not so spectacular 30% of their shots. Coach Justin Frashier is disappointed in the results of the early games this season but is not down on his team in the very least.
    "I wasn't upset with the effort we got from the girls. They are showing us tremendous effort and are trying to execute the game plan," he said. "We will regroup and get ready for the Rod Hudson Tournament on Thursday."
    Sarah Williams led Ripley with 11 and 12 boards, Kacie Whitney netted eight, Jillian Mullins seven, Kelli Poling scored six, Chelsey Hager four and Jade Donohew three.
    Kiana Evans led Huntington with 28 points.
    Ripley hosts the Rod Hudson memorial tournament tonight and tomorrow night. Ripley will face Riverside and Ravenswood will take on Sissonville to kick the tourney off.

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