RIPLEY - With Coach Craig Harmon missing the game due to illness, Assistant Coach Steve Hunt took the reigns for the Ripley High basketball team on Tuesday night as the Vikings hosted the high-flying Capital Cougars at the Ripley Health Center. Ripley fell the Charleston bombers, 77-58.

Capital boasts one of West Virginia’s better prep shooting guards in Carrington Morris.
While Morris didn’t light up the scoreboard as he did versus Ripley in last year’s sectional matchup when he dropped 27 points and 13 boards on the Vikings in a 75-50 victory for the Cougars.

Buckets from Luke Layhew, Josh McKown and Jamison Hunt (3-pointer) put Ripley up 7-5 with 5:32 left in the first quarter. It would be the last lead the Vikings would see in the contest as Capital led 27-11 after the first frame and 42-25 at intermission.

The half wouldn’t be without fireworks. On a breakaway, Capital’s Morris raced to the bucket for what appeared to be an easy layup when out of the sky like an angry bird came the Vikings’ Kade Harrison to block the attempt off of the backboard with authority as the ball careened out to mid court. The Ripley student section erupted (The Mob) for a brief moment before Morris extracted his revenge mere moments later.

Morris beat a defender at the top of the key and took two steps into the paint before elevating over Viking defenders for a thunderous dunk in traffic.

It was smooth, effortless and set a tone for the contest.

In the final period, the Vikings went on a 7-0 run and pulled to within 11 at 56-45 on a free throw from Hunt but Capital hit the gas and pulled away with the victory on the strength of wing-man Jordan Kinney who led the victors with 19 points while Morris contributed 17.

For Ripley, it was a break out night for freshman Chase Johnson who made his presence known with his most consistent game of the season.

The 6-foot-4 cager made the most of opportunities in the paint and played a tough, physical game while showing a soft shooting touch from 10-feet out.

Senior Justin McKown, known as the squads most tenacious defender also shot well hitting 4-of-7 from the field for eight points and seven boards.

For Ripley - Harrison had 14 points, nine rebounds and a block, Layhew had eight points and three rebounds.
Hunt had six and four assists, Drew Harpold and Dylan Hall added a bucket.