Season in review: Viking basketball team managed 18 games in 2021

Mark Martin
Ripley's Luke Johnson (1), Cade Coode (23), Joey Ramsey (14) and Kadin Hall (32) move down the floor in a sectional tournament game against Nitro. The Vikings fell to Nitro to end their season. Johnson led the team in scoring during the 2021 season campaign recording an average of 14.4 points per game.

In the winter months, high school basketball games can be placed in jeopardy due to the weather.

With the most recent season for boys basketball in West Virginia being shoved to the beginning of March due to COVID-19, the bad weather was pretty much gone and teams could play on.

The strange season that it was did see the Ripley Vikings hit the court 18 times under Luke Parsons, who was guiding his third edition of the blue and white.

Ripley ended with an 8-10 record. It was a Viking squad that returned very little experience.

Which is something Parsons, a former three-sport standout, hopes will not be an issue when a more normal 2021-22 campaign rolls around.

Sophomore Luke Johnson led the way this season in the scoring department by averaging 14.4 per game.

Johnson earned Class AAA All-State Honorable Mention in balloting by the West Virginia Sports Writers Association.

Johnson also snagged eight rebounds a contest and blocked 1.6 shots.

Freshman Cade Goode also averaged in double figures with an 11.6 per game scoring clip.

Isaiah Casto was next in line with an average of 7.2 points per game.

Joey Ramsey, who will be a junior, averaged 5.7 points throughout the season.

Other contributors offensively for the Vikings were: Brady Anderson (4.8), Kadin Hall (4.3), Kaedon Proffit (3.6), Shane Bumpus (2.9), Logan Hash (2.1) and Virgil Myers (1.1).

Casto and Ramsey pulled down 5.7 and 5.5 rebounds per game, respectively.

Casto was the leader in assists with 3.3.

The Vikings scored 57.2 points per game this season while the opposition averaged 58.7.

Bumpus, Hall, Hash and Proffit were all seniors this past season.

Ripley’s season ended with a loss to Nitro in the sectionals of Class AAA. Nitro would reach the state tournament and lost an opening round heartbreaker to Wheeling Central on a last second shot.

Central produced a win over Hampshire in the semifinals before losing to Shady Spring in the state championship game.

With Ripley returning the bulk of its team in 2021-22, the quest will again be to try and earn just a second trip ever to the state tournament.