RIPLEY - Kade Harrison scored 30 points and grabbed eight rebounds to lead the Ripley High basketball team to a convincing 75-66 victory over the visiting Timberwolves of Spring Valley High.
The win does several things for the Vikings (3-8). It gives them their first victory in the Mountain State Athletic Conference and allows them to surpass last years win total for the squad.
Harrison put on a clinic and electrified the Ripley Health Center crowd in the second half but he had help. Casy Smith dropped in 18 points and did a fantastic job of penetrating and kicking the ball out to open teammates.
Jacob Haynes asserted himself again in the blue and white offense with 12 points and six assists. All of Haynes points came on 3-point buckets.
"I am happy for the kids. They work hard and they are improving. I feel like this win will give us a boost going into Friday's game with Ravenswood (county rival game)," said head coach Craig Harmon.
Kade Harrison talked about his teammates after the game.
"I think we did a good job of making stops on defense which fed our offense. We played good team basketball tonight."
For the game, Drew Harpold added nine and Chuck Sleboda and Luke Layhew added three each.
Sleboda earned his keep tonight by clearing out the lane for his teammates.
The Vikes shot a blistering 57 % from 3-point range. Harrison (5-of-8), Smith and Harpold (2-of-3) and Haynes (4-of-7) tickled the twine on this night with a passionate fury.
Ripley hosts cross county rival Ravenswood on January 18 (Friday).