SHADY SPRING - Timely shooting and a stingy defensive effort led the Ripley High Girls Basketball team to a convincing 45-26 season opening road victory over Shady Spring on Tuesday night.
Ripley drew a trip to Raleigh County for their opener, but didn't let the traveling blues get in the way of the task at hand.
The Lady Vikings pressed the Tigers defensively throughout the contest, resulting in a scoreless second quarter, helping to catapult the blue and white to victory.
Ripley led 20-8 at the half and never looked back, scoring 25 in the second half.
"I told the girls to lean on each other at the half and not feel like they have t do it alone. Trust in your teammates and get the win," said Ripley coach Justin Frashier.
Ripley forced an astonishing 38 turnovers led by senior guard Amy Ferrell's 10 steals. The Lady Vikings had a collective 48 rebounds in the contest.
Coach Frashier received a team effort from his girls, which shined through on the game's stat sheet.
Chelsey Hager led the way with 12 points, three assists and two steals. Jade Donohew had 10 points, four rebounds and three steals, Sarah Williams had eight points, eight rebounds and five steals, Emily Oldham had seven points, two boards and eight steals, Amy Ferrell had four points, six rebounds and 10 steals, Audra Thomas had two points and four rebounds, Kensey Bergdorf had two points, 11 rebounds, four assists and five steals. Jerri Patterson added a rebound, Savannah Williams had five rebounds and five steals, Zoe Smith had three rebounds and Kaitlyn Thomas added a rebound.
The jayvee squad saw victory on this night as well, 37-27. Patterson netted 12, Smith nine, Scruggs seven, Goff five, Miller and Vadrine two.
Ripley travels to Lincoln County on December 6 before hosting Point Pleasant in their home opener December 10.