Hunter Schneider is fouled while attempting a shot against Winneconne. Schneider scored a career-high 11 points.
Hunter Schneider is fouled while attempting a shot against Winneconne. Schneider scored a career-high 11 points.

   The Ripon High School boys’ basketball team didn’t have practice a day before its last game, but didn’t let it bother it as it defeated the Winneconne Wolves 58-51 on the road last week Thursday.

   Winneconne entered the game second in the conference at 5-2, while Ripon was third-to-last at 3-5 and was coming off a disappointing loss to a 2-6 Campbellsport team.

   The Tigers had won the previous meeting against the Wolves 79-70.

   “I was a little bit uneasy about that, but our kids started well and, honestly, took control of the game,” Ripon head coach Steve Brooks said about the lack of practice. “With the exception of them tying the game and then taking a one-point lead late in the second half, we led the whole way. Just the way that they came back and they were focused and ready to go was a good thing for us.”

   Ripon jumped out to a 27-21 lead after one half of play and didn’t relinquish it until around two minutes left in the contest.

   The Tigers answered with a go-ahead basket. Then they got stops on defense and made free throws to finish off the victory.

   One player coming up clutch for Ripon was Isaac Mills.

Read the full story in the Jan. 31, 2019 edition of the Ripon Commonwealth Press.