NITRO - Sarah Williams was in the zone in the second half after dabbling with early foul trouble. The Honorable Mention All State forward for the Ripley High girls basketball squad notched a double-double for the Lady Vikings but the Lady Wildcats of Nitro prevailed, 57-37 on a cold blustery night in Chemical Valley.
It was the second game in a row that the 5-foot-10 wing player put up such numbers. Williams finished with 16 points and 12 boards on the evening and hit 4-of-7 on 3-point attempts, an area where Williams is becoming a threat.
The blue and white had trouble after tipoff getting their offense in gear as they fell behind after the first quarter 12-7 and was unable to recover after a 31-16 halftime deficit.
The squad managed to decrease their turnovers after a loss to Winfield where they committed 34. On this night the girls in blue accumulated 20.
Ripley (2-2) hit just 12-of-52 shots for a 23.1 percent clip, a rather alarming number considering Williams went 6-of-13 on the evening.
After a five point third quarter, Ripley dropped 16 points for their most productive stretch of the game.
“We have to improve our shot selection and shoot for a higher percentage,” said Coach Justin Frasher.
For Ripley, Chelsey Hager had nine points and five rebounds, Savannah William had four points and eight rebounds, Jade Donohew had four points and two boards, Audra Thomas had two points and four rebounds and Amy Ferrell had two points and two boards.
Ripley hosted Cabell Midland on Thursday and fell to the Lady Knights, 63-47.
Chelsey Hager and Amy Ferrell led the team with 10 points each, Emily Oldham had eight, Savannah Williams had seven, Audra Thomas and Jade Donohew had four, Kensey Bergdorf and Sarah Williams had two each.