Grace Burdick grabs a loose ball against Waupun. She tied her career high with six points.
Grace Burdick grabs a loose ball against Waupun. She tied her career high with six points.

   A four- to five-minute lull to begin the second half proved to be costly for the Ripon Tiger girls’ basketball team Tuesday night.

   The Tigers went from being up 20-17 after the first half to playing from behind. They never quite recovered, falling to the Plymouth Panthers 48-46 on the road.

   “If we can get a jump on our offense in the second half, it’s a completely different game,” Ripon head coach Jesse Nodolf said.

   He added the Tigers (1-5 conference, 4-8 overall) weren’t seeing the court as well as they needed to during that stretch.

   “The opportunities are there,” Jesse Nodolf said. “We just need to drill in [practice] how to take advantage of those opportunities.”

   Despite the cold stretch, Ripon had an opportunity to win the game late due in large part to its defense.

   The performance comes after it allowed 77 points last week Thursday in a home loss to Waupun.

   “We spent some serious time in the past week working on defense,” Jesse Nodolf said, noting the Tigers are going to continue to work on that. “We’re implementing some things that will put us in a better position to win games.”

Read the full story, which includes information about a loss to Waupun, in the Jan. 10, 2019 edition of the Ripon Commonwealth Press.