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Jackson Newspapers - Ripley, WV
  • Hunt drops 27, Vikes roll to first win

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  • RIPLEY - Ripley's freshman point guard had a stellar game on Monday night as Ripley defeated the Nitro Wildcats, 67-61. The sharp shooter is only six games into his varsity career.
    Jamison Hunt, who one year ago was canning jumpers for the Ripley Middle School squad as they won the MVAC title for coach Mark Wayne, scored 27 points to lead Ripley High (1-5) to it's first victory of the year. Hunt added four assists and a steal to the stat sheet.
    "Late in the game, we ran a couple of sets to try and get Luke (Layhew) the ball. When they tried to take that away from us I happened to be open to catch and shoot," said Hunt.
    "My teammates made some nice passes to set me up."
    Ripley led 31-28 at the half. Hunt had some help from his teammates on this night. Fellow freshman Chase Johnson and sophomore post man Luke Layhew were relentless on the offensive boards while getting put backs and on occasion, kicking the ball out for the Vikings to reset their offense for another crack at the scoreboard. Johnson and Layhew flirt with double-doubles in virtually every contest, a tremendous sign of what could be on the horizon for Ripley hoops.
    Senior team leader Kade Harrison got his motor going in the second quarter. Harrison was aggressive in driving to the basket and drawing fouls. The 6-foot-3 slasher was fouled hard on one dunk attempt just before intermission that saw bodies flying under the bucket. Harrison hit the floor hard like a bag of sand, but rose to his feet immediately to drill his foul shots.
    Ripley hit 22-of-34 free throws on the night for a 64.7 percent clip. Hunt led the way at the charity stripe in going 13-for-17 (76.5 percent).
    The third quarter saw the Vikings lag on the heels of poor shooting in the quarter but the fourth was a bonanza of scoring as the Vikes netted 25 points and Hunt canned four free throws in the final minutes to seal the win for Coach Craig Harmon's crew.
    Hunt, Harrison, Layhew, Johnson and Drew Harpold scored in the final period to put a collective stamp on the victory.
    "Harrison is our senior "go to" guy but he was in foul trouble. His teammates picked us up and Hunt responded well to the situation. It was a team win and I am proud of our effort," said Coach Craig Harmon.
    "Johnson and Layhew did some nice work inside, too."
    It is worthy of noting that Dylan Hall's physical play was an asset to Ripley. Hall's presence was positive in ways that do not show up on a stat sheet.
    Nitro's Trevor Taylor, who was returning to game play after missing a couple of contests for undisclosed reasons, netted 24 for the Wildcats.
    Page 2 of 2 - For the Vikings: Kade Harrison had 15 points and four assists, Luke Layhew had 12 points and seven boards, Drew Harpold had six points and four assists, Chase Johnson had five points and seven assists and Dylan Hall had a bucket and an assist.
    Ripley played host to Saint albans last night. Read about it in a future edition of JN.
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