Ripley basketball

Ripley's Landon Dearing dribbles up the floor, Friday, at the Holiday Pepsi Classic at Ripley. The Blue Jays knocked off New Richmond, 55-43, for their sixth straight win.

Evan Dennison, The Ledger Independent

RIPLEY – After letting a halftime lead slip away, Ripley ended the third quarter on a 7-0 run and carried that over to the fourth quarter as they pulled away from New Richmond, Friday, at the Ripley Pepsi Classic with a 55-42 victory.

It was Ryan Harney igniting the run in the third as he closed out the quarter with seven straight points including a halfcourt buzzer-beater.

“I told the guys at halftime I’ll never complain only giving up 24 points but I felt like we could have done better offensively,” Blue Jays coach Rex Woodward said. “We talked about efficiency and getting quality looks at the rim. We were stagnant for a while, I don’t know why, but that run Ryan went on was huge and that shot from halfcourt carried over some momentum to the fourth.”

The momentum continued as a 31-29 deficit with two minutes to play in the third quickly turned into a 45-31 Ripley advantage just three minutes into the fourth.

“I was looking up and saw the same thing. I felt like we were in control and all of the sudden they took the lead. It seemed like we made the key play when we needed to from there offensively or defensively,” Woodward said. “Just proud of the way they responded and showed some resiliency.”

The Blue Jays would coast from there as they came away with the 13-point victory, their sixth straight after a season opening loss to Georgetown.

Eleven different players entered the scoring column as balance has been their M.O. so far this season, Harney pacing the Blue Jays with 15. Jaki Royal, Alex King and Dalton England each added six apiece.

“You look across the board, six here, four there, we’re pretty balanced and that’s what we’ve been doing all year. We don’t have any guys averaging double figures, a variety of guys averaging five to nine points per game. We’re comfortable with sharing it and we’ll take the success over numbers,” Woodward said.

The Blue Jays will face Mariemont Saturday in the Pepsi Classic at 8 p.m.

AUGUSTA 43, FELICITY-FRANKLIN 34

RIPLEY – Fighting through illness spread across the team, Augusta was able to overcome a sluggish start to knock off Felicity-Franklin, 43-34, at Ripley’s Pepsi Classic, Friday.

The Panthers overcame a second quarter in which they committed more turnovers (7), than points scored (6), going into halftime trailing 22-15.

The Panthers found the remedy in the second half as they attacked the glass, got strong contributions from Cody Ripato and Stephen Cordle and outscored the Cardinals 28-12 to come away with the victory, improving to 5-6 on the season.

“We had two bad days of practice heading into this one. We’ve had a lot of kids under the weather, we’ve had seven kids in practice the past two days, they’re battling a lot of things, not feeling well and they gave me everything they got,” Panthers coach Brian Kirk said. “That’s all I can ask for there. They were weak, not feeling well and just continued to battle.”

The two were tied at 9-all after the first and Felicity outscored the Panthers 13-6 in the second to take a 22-15 halftime lead. The Panthers used all of their allotted break time at the half as they ran back onto the court right before the third quarter started.

“I told the kids there’s nothing we can draw on the board right now that explains our performance there in the first half,” Kirk said. “It was just a sluggish start and we had to battle through it.”

The message worked as Ripato and Cordle combined for 13 of Augusta’s 15 points in the third, taking a 30-27 lead into the fourth.

The Panthers began to pull away as the Cardinals struggled from the field in the second half, Augusta going on a 10-0 run to extend out to a 36-27 lead. Felicity would get no closer than seven the rest of the way.

“That’s the story of our season. We only put together 12 to 16 minutes of a basketball game. Sometimes it’s early, sometimes it’s late. It’s never 32 minutes and our records indicate as such,” Cardinals coach Jason Thompson said.

Felicity was led by Dalton Cochran and Logan Moore with 10 points apiece.

Augusta returns to Ripley on Saturday when they face New Richmond at 3:30 p.m.

“That’s the good thing about this time of the year, you play and then you play again. That’s what you want this time of the year. We’ll continue improving, keep our focus and intensity and take it one step at a time,” Kirk said.

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Ripato led the Panthers with 13 points, Preston Philpot had 10 and Cordle and Austin Eichenberger each added seven points apiece.

NEW RICHMOND GIRLS 39, RIPLEY GIRLS 31

RIPLEY – Turnovers, turnovers, turnovers.

The Ripley Lady Jays couldn’t stay out of their own way in a 39-31 loss to New Richmond Friday at the Ripley Pepsi Classic, committing 28 turnovers in the loss.

It was a steady dose of them as the Lady Jays had more turnovers than points almost all the way throughout until Carlee Daulton hit two late 3-pointers to get the point total over the turnovers committed.

New Richmond was able to take advantage as they took an 8-6 lead into the second quarter and stretched it out to a 14-9 lead by the break, holding the Lady Jays to three points in the second.

Ripley would get within two midway through the third after a Tori Lewis layup to make it 17-15, but New Richmond would go on a 11-3 run to close the quarter, taking a 28-18 lead into the fourth.

The Lady Jays couldn’t get any closer than eight in the final frame as they dropped to 1-8 on the season.

Daulton led Ripley with 13 points. Kailee Fisher and Tori Lewis each added six. They’ll face St. Patrick on Saturday in the Pepsi Classic at 6:30 p.m.

New Richmond was paced by Allie Bird with 11 points as they improved to 5-3 on the season.

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