Karissa Niedekorn releases a running jumper in the second half of Ripon’s loss to Winneconne.
Karissa Niedekorn releases a running jumper in the second half of Ripon’s loss to Winneconne.

   Tuesday night’s high school girls’ basketball game featured the first- and last-place teams in the East Central Conference.

   The contest played out exactly as one would think.

   Ripon was no match for the Plymouth Panthers as it fell behind early and could not catch up en route to an 85-39 road loss.

   “Plymouth came out and set the tone right out of the gate,” Ripon head coach Tom McNeill said. “They went ahead and put some pressure on us and, unfortunately, we weren’t able to go ahead and handle that pressure very well. They jumped out to a 12-1 lead and then we had to fight our way out of that hole that we dug and we got ourselves into a short-term rhythm and then they went on another run.”

   The Tigers (2-10 conference, 3-16 overall) trailed the Panthers (11-0, 16-2 overall) 48-23 after one half and were out-scored 37-16 in the second for the 46-point loss.

   “You’ve got to go ahead and give them some credit with regards to how crisp they pass, how they execute their ball rotation from one side of the court to another, how they go ahead and look for one another out on the court,” Tom McNeill said. “[They’re] just a very disciplined team.”

   Despite the lopsided defeat, the Ripon coach was able to find a silver lining — thanks to a spectator who was at the contest.

Read the full story, which includes information on a loss to Winneconne, in the Feb. 9, 2017 edition of the Ripon Commonwealth Press.