HURRICANE - Hurricane Middle put an end to Ripley Middle's "A" team post-season Mid-Valley Athletic Conference hopes in a 52-20 "A" team decision on Saturday (2/9) on the Lady Reds home court. Hurricane's full court pressure forced eight turnovers in Ripley's first 10 possessions of the game resulting in a 15-0 opening quarter road that stunned the Lady Viking "A" teamers of coaches Terry Landis and Delaine Carter.
Ripley did right the ship early in the second period closing the gap to 23-11, but that was as close as the local eight grade crew would get. The loss, the third of the season by RpMS to the Putnam Countians, gave the Blue and White a final mark of two wins against 15 setbacks for the 2012-2013 campaign. Hurricane advances to a second round match-up with number one MVAC seed Logan on February 12.
For Ripley, Zoe Smith had seven points to go with six rebounds and an eye-popping nine blocked shots on the defensive end. Both Jeri Patterson and Destinee Baldwin chipped in four points while Olivia Ludtman had three markers and Cassidy Craddock two. Laurel Miller, Julia Hunter, Grace Ashworth, and Hanah Burgess were unable to break into the scoring column for the Lady Vikes.
In their last home game of the regular season on Monday, February 4, RpMS fell victims to Winfield by a final tally of 39-8. Patterson and Smith had four points apiece. Smith had nine blocks and grabbed seven missed shots in that tilt.
"Despite out final record, we (Landis and Carter) think that we did some good things this season," Landis said of his eighth grade squad. "The scores don't show how hard we worked, particularly on the defensive end of the floor. We were never able to get a grip on our turnover situation, and that hurt us more than anything the entire season.
Still, there is some light at the end of the tunnel if these young ladies will take their games to the next level at Ripley High School. The last thing I said to them was that to dig out of this situation, the 2013-2014 season starts right now with them developing on their own. They all know their strengths and weaknesses. I hope they will choose to do that work."