Good things come to those who wait.
And for Luke Parsons and his Ripley Viking basketball team, the wait is over.
For a win, that is.
After three tough losses to launch the Parsons-era of Viking basketball, Ripley took care of Teays Valley Christian on Saturday afternoon, 59-43, at the Walker Convocation Center on the West Virginia State University campus as part of the annual Fellowship of Christian Athletes Hoops Classic.
The Vikings got going in the first half with a lead of 14-11 after one and stretched it to a 25-20 edge at halftime.
In the third, Ripley outscored TVC, 18-6, to pull away for the win.
Ripley got a 16-point performance from Tobias Scholl in the victory. Scholl was 6-of-12 from the field, including a pair of 3-pointers. He was a perfect 2-of-2 at the line.
Isaac Putnam also scored in double figures for the Vikings by finishing with 11. Putnam made 4-of-9 field goals and was 3-of-4 at the line.
Isaiah Riffe just missed hitting for twin digits with a nine-point effort. Riffe nailed two 3-pointers in the contest, which is now home to former Viking standout Jamison Hunt, who is a member of the State Yellow Jacket men's basketball program.
Caydan Keeler, a recent Class AAA First Team All-State Football player, scored six in the win for the Vikings.
Carter Casto and Timmy Wickersham finished the game with five points for the Vikings. Isaac Blankenship added three while Isaac Robertson and Jacob Fouty each scored two.
Ripley was 22-of-42 from the field in the contest. The Vikings made 6-of-14 tries from the 3-point arc. At the line, the Vikings were 9-of-12.
Brandon Cook was the leading score for Teays Valley Christian with 10 points.
Putnam was the team’s leading rebounder with 10 and Riffe had seven.
Scholl and Riffe came up with a pair of steals for the Vikings on Saturday.
Scholl, Wickersham and Putnam all had two assists.
Ripley will be hosting the Viking Holiday Hoops Classic this Friday and Saturday.