The Hurricane Redskins spoiled the debut of the Luke Parsons era as the leader of Ripley High boys basketball.
Jumping out to a 16-7 lead, the Redskins never looked back in knocking off the visiting Vikings by a final of 63-36.
Parsons, a former three-sport standout at Ripley High, is in his first season as the head coach of his alma mater.
Ripley played its opener without the services of junior Ty Johnson, who was the team’s top scorer and rebounder a season ago.
Not only did Hurricane outscore Ripley in the opening eight minutes of play but also in the three remaining quarters of action (14-9, 16-11 and 17-9).
Isaiah Riffe was Ripley’s top scorer with 10 points.
Riffe nailed a two-pointer, a three-pointer and was 5-of-10 at the line.
Ripley struggled from two-point range making just one of 14 attempts.
The Vikings fared much better from behind the arc, hitting eight of 23 attempts.
At the line, Ripley was 10-of-16.
Jacob Fouty, who had a pair of 3’s, finished with eight points in the game for the Vikings. Isaac Robertson scored six by nailing two shots from 3-point range. Toby Scholl also scored six with a pair 3-pointers.
Isaac Putnam and Timmy Wickersham also scored three each in the game. Putnam hit 3-of-4 free throws while Wickersham knocked down a 3-pointer.
Hurricane was led by the one-two punch of Joe Muto and Jordan Nicely who combined for 40 of the team’s 63 points. Muto had a game-high 23 while Nicely added 17.
Muto was 10-of-11 from the field and 3-of-5 at the line. Nicely had three of Hurricane’s six 3-pointers.
Ripley played at Lincoln County last night (Monday).