Trailing at half-time for just the second time this season, Ripley Middle used a 13-4 run midway through the third quarter to propel the Lady Vikings past Logan and earn the Dennis Fisher coached squad the 2018 Mid-Valley Athletic Conference championship crown.

Trailing at half-time for just the second time this season, Ripley Middle used a 13-4 run midway through the third quarter to propel the Lady Vikings past Logan and earn the Dennis Fisher coached squad the 2018 Mid-Valley Athletic Conference championship crown. 

 The 36-32 triumph over the visiting Lady Timberwolves capped off their perfect regular season (16-0) run and gave the locals a final mark that showed 18 wins without a blemish on the loss side.   

 The MVAC title broke a 13 year drought at the top of the MVAC for the Lady Vikings and marked the third all-time title for an RMS squad (2003 & 2005). Also, records seem to indicate that this standout group may have been the first ever RMS Varsity team to record an undefeated season long slate of games.

  RMS had advanced to the championship tilt with a convincing home court 63-19 rout of the #4 seed Point Pleasant two nights prior (February 6). Mya Casto led the scoring parade with 14 markers and Tori Fisher added 12. Also, helping out in the scoring extravaganza were Daylin Rose with 10, McKenna Hall with 9, Kyanah Baldwin with 8, Kaylei Blackburn with 4, Ellie Hosaflook, Hadleigh McGoskey and Riley Shockey adding 2 each. Helping out defensively were Jaden Conrad, Sidney Varney, Avery Harris and Kylee Morrison. Avery Fife helped with keeping the girls pumped up.

 Squaring off against Logan for the third time this season two nights later, the home standing Lady Vikings got off to a nervous start in the Championship finals and found themselves on the wrong side of the 20-15 score after two quarters. Five points by Hall and a deep three by Conrad put the Blue and White ahead for good at 27-24 heading into the final six minutes. A trey by Fisher and another Hall hoop pushed Fisher’s crew out to an eight point advantage with three minutes to play. From there, it was a foul shooting contest and Ripley held on for the hard-fought win.

 Hall checked out with 12 points while Casto had 9. Rose added 6, Fisher with 4, Conrad with 3, and Blackburn with 2.

  On the year, RMS averaged almost 45 points per game while limiting their opponents to just over 23. As a team, they connected on 62% of their free throws and showed superb individual scoring balance with six players averaging 4.5 or more points per game. Hall led the way with a scoring average of 11.2 ppg with Fisher coming in at 9.2 marks per outing. 

 “What a great group of young ladies! All season long, they have kept their heads about them, never getting too high or too confident. We always played with a lot of energy, and it was fun for all of us coaches (Kristin Fisher, Chris Hall, Seth McGoskey) to be around these girls. The future of the Lady Viking basketball looks solid,” Coach Fisher said after the championship game.