WILLIAMSON - It was a particularly grueling week for the Ripley High Boys Basketball team. On Wednesday, Ripley (2-8) suffered a heartbreaking two-point defeat to Saint Albans on a Red Dragon bucket with three seconds left to fall 66-64. On Friday, the Blue Crew faced a buzz saw in the form of South Charleston and fell, 82-48.
With new rankings being released this week, South Charleston entered the Ripley Health Center undefeated and ranked No. 7 in Class AAA but may slip after a one-point loss to Huntington on Saturday in the Hatfield-McCoy Shootout in the Williamson Field House.
The Vikings were present at the HM Shootout and drew a match-up with Kentucky’s Pike County Central.
The Hawks entered the game at (8-5) and were looking to pick up a big road win across the state border.
Ripley entered the contest averaging (53.8 ppg) this season and was looking to break out in this weekend appearance and put some points on the scoreboard.
Ripley feasted on the Hawks early on and never looked back. The Vikes ran the floor effortlessly and were able to spread the ball around with four players seeing double-figures in the scoring column.
After an 11-0 run in the third period, it was apparent that Ripley had the upper hand and they cruised to a 72-42 victory.
Ripley worked the ball inside to freshman Chase Johnson with some success and the Vikings’ outside game was clicking as Viking point guard Jamison Hunt and wing men Kade Harrison and Drew Harpold were finding nylon with their jumpers.
With the exception of a December 27 loss to Valley (Fayette), it was the first time Ripley had stepped outside of the rugged Mountain State Athletic Conference.
For Ripley, Kade Harrison led all scorers with 17, Drew Harpold 16, Jamison Hunt 14 and Chase Johnson 11.
The Vikings hit the road again tonight as they travel to Spring Valley.