Celina Lopez attempts a layup in Ripon’s 43-38 loss to North Fond du Lac.
Celina Lopez attempts a layup in Ripon’s 43-38 loss to North Fond du Lac.

   The Ripon Tiger girls’ basketball team overcame a slow start in the first half Tuesday to enter halftime tied with Mayville at 20.

   It couldn’t repeat the feat in the second half as it fell to the Cardinals 49-34 on the road.

   “In the second half we scored 14 points,” Ripon head coach Jesse Nodolf said. “We can’t score 14 points in a half and win a basketball game.”

   He attributed the lack of scoring in the second half, as well as the first half, to the Tigers not valuing the basketball like they should.

   Carelessness with the ball has been an issue through their first three games of the season, all of which were losses.

   “We turned the ball over at a really, really high rate tonight,” Jesse Nodolf said. “We’re going to be working on that. Coaches and I talked on the way home and we’ve got a plan ... that we’ll put in to allow us to take care of the basketball at a much higher rate.”

   Offense was not the only area in which Ripon struggled in the second half as defense also was an issue.

Read the full story, which includes information on a loss to North Fond du Lac, in the Nov. 29, 2019 edition of the Ripon Commonwealth Press.