Ripley Lady Vikings upend Point Pleasant

Mark Martin

No Hall pass required.

That is because Ripley had McKenna Hall on its side of a girls basketball showdown last Tuesday (March 23) in a 41-29 victory over visiting Point Pleasant. Hall had nearly half of her team’s 41 points by scoring 19.

John Kennedy’s Lady Vikings pulled away in a tight game with a fourth quarter scoring margin of 16-9 inside the Ripley Health Center.

Kennedy said the win was ugly, but still a win. It was a victory which sent Ripley's COVID-19 delayed 2021 season to 6-3.

“This young team shows glimpses of good things to come this year,” Kennedy said. “They need to be more patient on the offensive end.”

The Lady Vikings opened things up with a 10-8 lead after one quarter and owned a 20-14 margin going into the locker room at the half.

Point shaved the deficit to 25-20 heading into the final eight minutes of play before Ripley took full control.

Hall was 8-of-13 from the field, including a pair of 3-pointers.

“She’s our spark plug,” Kennedy said. “Mack gives you every ounce of effort.”

In addition to her scoring, Hall had a huge game on the boards by collecting 13 rebounds. She also came up with eight steals and handed out two assists.

Lauren Roush connected on two 3-pointers of her own in the win and finished the night with seven points.

Sophie Nichols scored six in the win, Corbin Casto supplied four, Olivia Greathouse finished with three and Ellie Hosaflook added two.

“Sophie Nichols is coming along,” Kennedy added. “She’s only been in our system for five and a half weeks.”

Nichols and Greathouse each nailed a 3-pointer in the victory.

Ripley was 15-of-47 from the field and 5-of-13 at the free throw line.

Kennedy is looking forward to seeing what is on the horizon if his team can settle down offensively.

“Too many times we go no pass and shot, or one pass and shot. When they don’t rush their offense, it comes easy.

“I can’t fault their effort. We’re on the downhill slide of the season and hopefully things will start clicking.”