The Ripon High School girls’ basketball team had a night to forget last week Friday as it lost to Berlin 52-19 on the road.

   The struggles were especially evident on offense, where it scored just 11 points in the first half and eight in the second for its lowest total of the season.

   Its previous low was 23 points in a 46-23 loss to Mayville.

   “We were hesitant,” Ripon head coach Jesse Nodolf said. “I don’t know mentally where the athletes were at. We drilled things in practice; we had a couple practices to prepare for the 1-3-1, which is the defense Berlin runs.”

  He noted the Tigers (1-3 conference, 4-6 overall) had some good looks, but didn’t finish them as they converted just 20 percent of their shots from the field.

  Lexi Miler was Ripon’s leading scorer with four points, while Kerstin Sauerbrei chipped in three.

   Six other players —Maria Meincke, Grace Burdick, Elle Lewis, Grace Rauch and Celina Lopez and Lucy Beuthin — added two points each.

   Offense was not the only area in which Ripon struggled as it also had difficulties not fouling.

Read the full story in the Dec. 27, 2018 edition of the Ripon Commonwealth Press