Vikings take down Crusaders at home

Mark Martin
Luke Parsons and his Ripley Vikings picked up a win Saturday at home against the Crusaders of Parkersburg Catholic. The Vikings were gearing up for an important run of sectional opposition this week.

It is spring.

Time for seeding.

And for this odd time of year in which high school basketball rolls on in West Virginia, the word seeding is very important.

The better a team does in the win column, the higher its seed come tournament time.

With key games looming with sectional foes, Ripley Viking head coach Luke Parsons was happy to get a win over a non-sectional opponent in Parkersburg Catholic at the Ripley Health Center.

The Vikings outscored the Crusaders in all four quarters on their way to a 62-41 decision.

“It went as expected,” said Parsons. “Our guys really listened to the game plan and executed on the offensive end. We missed a bunch of easy shots in the paint.

“Defensively we played well enough to get the win but still not up to par on where we want to be.”

Two ninth graders — Cade Goode and Brady Anderson — led Ripley in scoring with 12 points each.

Luke Johnson had nine points for the Vikings. He also collected 11 rebounds, dished out five assists, blocked three shots and had a steal.

Shane Bumpus scored eight for the Vikings while Isaiah Casto finished with seven.

Joey Ramsey scored six, Logan Hash produced five and Waylon Cottrill added three.

Ripley was 24-of-53 from the field. The Vikings were 7-of-15 from the 3-point line.

Goode made a trio 3s while Bumpus hit. Two. Hash and Cottrill had one each.

At the free throw line, Ripley was 7-of-14.

Kaedon Proffit handed out five assists.

Virgil Myers had a block.

As a team, the Vikings came up with six steals.

Xavier Collie was the game's top scorer with 19 points.

Next up for the Vikings are games with the likes of Point Pleasant, Nitro and Winfield.

“All are sectional opponents and these are really big games,” Parsons said. “These games will determine sectional seedings.”

And with the strange time of year for high school basketball in the spring, there's no better time to have a good seeding.