The Ripon High School girls’ basketball team appeared to be in position to pick up its fourth win of the season Tuesday night.

   It led Wautoma 29-25 at halftime and was playing fairly well.

   “We were active in regards to the boards,” Ripon head coach Tom McNeill said. “I think we were much patient in the first half with regards to our passing; trying to go ahead and find the open person.”

   But as has happened on multiple occasions this year, it couldn’t keep it up for the final 18 minutes.

   The Tigers (3-18 overall) allowed the Hornerts (14-6 overall) to score the first six points of the second half, never regained the lead and lost 60-47.

   “The difference between the first half and the second half is we got very anxious when it comes to not executing our passes very crisply,” McNeill said. “I think, sometimes we struggle in just how to go ahead and set ourselves up when the other team puts on a press and ... what we need to become better at from a five-girl perspective on the court is they need to recognize a press is ultimately being applied to us and we need to know what our responsibilities are.”

   The Tigers also struggled on the boards in the second half as they were not able to secure as many offensive rebounds as they did in the first half and gave up a lot of second chances to the Hornets.

Read the full story, which includes information on a loss against Berlin, in the Feb. 16, 2017 edition of the Ripon Commonwealth Press.