CHARLESTON – Coach Justin Frashier's Lady Viking cagers traveled to Riverside last week to face the lady Warriors, who many remember as the consolidated East Bank and Dupont high Schools. Unfortunately, Ripley was turned away with a 50-46 Mountain State Athletic Conference loss.
Ripley (0-16, 0-11 MSAC) has been suffering through a very disappointing season. The Lady Vikes are armed with only two seniors and have had trouble creating court chemistry this season.
The effort of the girls has been there every game despite the results. The girls in blue were looking to extract hardwood payback for a 46-41 setback to the Lady Warriors in the opening round of the Rod Hudson Memorial tournament, which Ripley hosts each season at the Ripley Health Center.
Kelli Poling and Jillian Mullins led the charge for Ripley by taking the ball to the hoop and through aggressive ball movement.
The game was highly contested throughout and came to a climax when Lady Viking guard Jillian Mullins drained what appeared to be a game altering 3-point shot with a minute to go.
The excitement and joy pouring from the Ripley bench was reduced to a whisper when Mullins was called for traveling. Despite Frashier's passionate pleas the call stood and the points were taken away from the Lady Vikings and the girls traveled back to Jackson County with a disheartening defeat.
"I am pleased with our execution and effort. Yet again, we just came up a little short. We will play them again (sectionals) and we will beat them," said Frashier. Mullins led all scorers with 16, Kelli Poling netted 12 and Sarah Williams added nine.