Season ends for Lady Vikings with home loss to Winfield

Mark Martin
Contributor

Home court advantage.

It simply didn’t work out the way Ripley’s girls basketball team had hoped last Tuesday.

Playing inside the Ripley Health Center against Winfield in a Class AAA, Region IV, Section 1 game, the Lady Vikings had a rough fourth quarter leading to a 50-39 defeat.

Thus, the old adage of “It is tough to beat a team three times in a season” certainly reared its ugly head in the contest for the Lady Vikings.

Ripley had beaten Winfield twice during the regular season. Back on March 11 it was a 65-50 decision over the Lady Generals. And then earlier this month on April 4, Ripley handed Winfield a 54-45 setback.

The tournament game loss brought Ripley’s season to an abrupt halt.

John Kennedy’s squad finishes at 8-8.

This one was tight from the start until Winfield pulled away in the final eight minutes.

Leading 34-32 after three, the Lady Generals proceeded to outscore Ripley, 16-7, to earn the road victory and advance on in tournament play. Winfield was set to play for the sectional title last Friday.

“This is not the ending we saw coming,” said Lady Viking head coach John Kennedy. “This young team gained a valuable learning experience in postseason play. Every time down the court is one you’ll never get back, so you must treat it that way.”

Meghan Taylor, Kennedy Schilling and Mianna Ogelsby combined for 46 of Winfield’s 50 points. Taylor finished with 17, Schilling had 16 and Ogelsby contributed 13.

Antonel Johnson and Kaitlyn Sayre each had two for the winning Generals.

Winfield was 19-of-42 from the field with one 3-pointer. At the free throw line the Gens hit 11-of-19.

Ripley led at the end of the first quarter, 11-7 and managed to hold a slim cushion of 19-17 at halftime.

Sophie Nichols was Ripley’s leading scorer with 14. McKenna Hall added 12 for Kennedy’s crew.

Ripley would get eight points from Corbin Casto and five from the team’s lone senior Logan Roush.

The Lady Vikings were 17-of-53 from the field. Ripley attempted 16 shots from the 3-point line with Hall, Casto and Roush each hitting one.

Ripley was 2-of-6 at the foul line.

Nichols had eight rebounds and Hall pulled down seven.

Hall also handed out five assists.

Roush, Hall and Erin Ryan all had two steals.

Nichols and Casto each had a block.

With the season now in the rearview mirror, Kennedy looks to the future.

“Now, we take some time off, refocus and start working for next season.”