McKenzie Nodolf down the court for a layup after stealing a pass in the second half of Ripon’s 67-53 win over Campbellsport.
McKenzie Nodolf down the court for a layup after stealing a pass in the second half of Ripon’s 67-53 win over Campbellsport.

   The Ripon Tiger girls’ basketball team jumped out to a 2-0 lead over the Waupun Warriors Tuesday.

   It was all downhill from there.

   The Tigers fell behind the Warriors 36-14 after one half and dropped the East Central Conference contest 70-38.

   Problems for them started on defense.

   “Defensively, we just didn’t have it tonight,” Ripon head coach Jesse Nodolf said. “Our transition defense was wasn’t where it needed to be. [The Warriors] got up the floor well, spread the floor and had easy opportunities to score and they shot fairly well.”

   Waupun (7-3 conference, 13-5 overall) especially had success from behind the 3-point line as it made 11 shots from long range, with eight of them coming from freshman guard Abbie Aalsma.

   “Combination of everything,” Jesse Nodolf said on what led to the 3-pointers. “[We] under-pursued on defense, being out of position, have a five on four because when not getting back on defense. It’s easy for a well-oiled machine ... to take advantage when it’s five on four; it’s easy to find the open player and get an open look and if you’re halfway decent, you’ll drain them.”

   The struggles weren’t limited to the defensive end for the Tigers (2-9 conference, 5-13 overall) in the game as they also had their fair share of difficulties offensively, evidenced by the 14 first-half points.

Read the full story, which includes information on a win over Campbellsport, in the Feb. 9, 2019 edition of the Ripon Commonwealth Press.