Vikings drop two to Nitro and Winfield

Mark Martin
Special to the Jackson Star News
Luke Parsons gathers with his Ripley Vikings during a recent game. The Vikings will be the No. 2 seed in the upcoming Class AAA, Region IV, Section 1 Tournament. Ripley opens with No. 3 Winfield on Wednesday.

Two tough losses were endured by the Ripley Viking boys basketball team last week against sectional foes Nitro and Winfield.

The state-ranked Wildcats handed the Vikings a 65-59 setback while Winfield dished out a 76-41 defeat.

Ripley was wrapping up its regular season this week before Class AAA sectional tournament play begins.

Nitro 65, Ripley 59

Trailing by one inside the Ripley Health Center heading into the final quarter, the Vikings were outscored by the Wildcats, 20-15.

Nitro had taken a 15-10 lead to start the game before Ripley closed the gap to a 30-29 count at halftime.

Freshman Brady Anderson led Ripley with 14.

Cade Good and Isaiah Casto each scored 11 in the loss.

Luke Johnson was also in double figures for Ripley with 10.

Kadin Hall and Joey Ramsey rounded out the scoring with seven and six, respectively.

Ripley was 25-of-57 from the field. The Vikings made just 1-of-6 attempts from the 3-point line. At the free throw stripe, Ripley connected on 8-of-18.

Trevor Lowe was the scoring leader for Nitro with 22 while Kolton Painter finished with 19.

Ramsey led Ripley in rebounds with nine while Johnson and Casto grabbed seven each.

Casto had three assists and a steal. Johnson had a block for the Vikings.

Winfield 71, Ripley 46

On the road, the Vikings were outscored in every quarter by the Generals.

Up 17-12 going into the second quarter, Winfield created a wider gap with a 22-11 scoring edge.

Johnson was Ripley’s top scorer with 12 points, including a pair of 3s. He also grabbed six rebounds and had a block.

Goode was also in double figures for Ripley with 11. He, too, nailed two 3-pointers in the loss.

Ramsey finished with six points in the game and had another nine-rebound effort.

Anderson scored five while Casto, who dished out four assists, Hall, Shane Bumpus and Kaedon Proffit scored three each.

The Vikings were 16-of-39 from the field and 6-of-15 behind the 3-point arc. At the foul line, Ripley made 8-of-16.

Seth Shilot had 19 for the Generals followed by Daven Wall’s 17.