WINFIELD - Sometimes the rain never seems to stop. That is what the first half of the Ripley High cagers season opener felt like at Winfield as the Generals stroked 14 3-point goals in the opening half to mount a 58-29 lead at intermission.

The Vikings (0-1) matchup zone defense was unable to contest the Winfield attack that predominantly done its damage on the left wing in the Mountain State athletic Conference matchup.

Zack Fisher did the most bombing, hitting 5-of-6 from downtown for the green and white. It wasn’t that the Vikings were shooting badly, they knocked down 24-of-58 shots (41.4%) and managed to outrebound their opponent offensively and defensively 48-36, which is encouraging as last year’s squad rarely won that battle.

One bright spot for the Vikings was freshman point guard Jamison Hunt. The sharp shooter played a solid game in his first taste of the big show. Hunt scored 21 while shooting at a 50% clip while nailing 4-of-6 from behind the arch. Another frosh, Chase Johnson just missed a double-double with 8 points and 12 boards. Sophomore Luke Layhew also pulled nine boards and seven points.
On the downside, the Vikings produced just five team assists, a number that has to improve for the team to have success.

For the Vikings, Kade Harrison had 13 points and five boards, Justin McKown had six points and three rebounds, Drew Harpold had four points, two steals and two boards, Morgan Graves added three points, two steals and one rebound.

Ripley hits the road again on December 18 in a conference matchup with the Redskins of Hurricane High.