Vikings fall to undefeated Lincoln County

Mark Martin

On March 18, Ripley got a look at a Lincoln County boys basketball team that has turned some heads in the early stages of the 2021 season.

The Panthers entered the game on their home court in Hamlin with an undefeated 5-0 record and a ranking of No. 7 in the Class AAA poll.

The Vikings learned just how good LCHS is by suffering a 56-47 setback.

The Panthers jumped out to a 17-13 edge and built their lead to 38-24 by halftime.

While Ripley did manage to outscore the Panthers in both the third and fourth quarters it simply was not enough in terms of a comeback.

The Panthers had four players in double figures with Jayse Tully pacing the attack with 14. Scooter Phillips and Jackson Sanders each finished with 12. Isaiah Koontz had 10.

Kadin Hall was Ripley’s top scorer with 11 points. Luke Johnson also hit double figures for the Vikings with 10.

Kaedon Proffit added eight in the loss with Cade Goode contributing seven. Isaiah Casto scored four while Shane Bumpus finished with three. Joey Ramsey and Brady Anderson each supplied two for Ripley.

The Vikings were 21-of-43 shots from the field. They hit 5-of-16 from the 3-point line. Proffit had two of the five from behind the arc while Hall, Goode and Bumpus each connected on one.

Ripley was 0-of-2 at the free throw line.

Johnson and Hall were Ripley’s top rebounders with six.

Casto dished out four assists, had two steals and a block.

Anderson also had a block for Ripley.