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Senior leader guides Indians with huge effort to handle RC

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POSTED January 13, 2013 11:49 p.m.

RIPON – Ripon High senior Ruth Waters took full advantage of likely her last shot at Ripon Christian, stifling Ripon Christian point guard Tegan Manus on defense and leading all scorers with 22 points in the Indians’ 53-42 win over the Knights Saturday at Ripon Christian.

Waters got it going from the onset, sinking a deep 3-pointer on her first shot of the game and never letting up in one of the senior’s brightest moments of the season.

“Of course it is always a tough game against Ripon Christian because we are cross-town rivals,” Waters said. “But in the game you don’t really think about that because you are concerned with the play-by-play. “Before the game you are definitely thinking about that.”

Waters was in double-figures by the half. Ripon Christian was leaning heavily on the sharp-shooting of senior Jenny Wickham. Wickham was hot from beyond the arc, leading the Knights with a 19-point effort, and single handedly keeping Ripon Christian within striking range with a 13 point first half. The Knights trailed just 22-18 at half, but saw Ripon open the second on a 12-2 run to lengthen the gap.

Waters’ put the Indians up by 10 with a bucket mid-way through the third, but her defensive dissection of the Knights’ floor general was arguably the difference.

“Ruth is someone who scores and plays good defense,” Ripon head coach George Contente said. “Manus had a hard time trying to get by her and Ruth is pretty quick and she is a pretty smart player. We didn’t shoot the ball very well at the beginning, but it definitely got better in the second half.

“We knew coming in that we were going to play defense and keep the tempo up a little more then they’d want.”

Ripon Christian (9-5) saw its offensive contributions limited to Wickham and Kaylie Colyn. Colyn finished in double-figures with 14 points, while Wickham’s 19 included five 3-pointers. Tia Sidtikun had eight points for the Indians (13-2) to go along with eight rebounds. Junior Abby Waters also made significant contributions, finishing with eight points including three consecutive buckets to close out the third quarter. Ripon Christian only got points from four of its 10 players.

“Jenny (Wickham) was playing really, really well, but Ruth Waters did a great job on us,” Knights head coach Ed Mulder said. “That was the big difference to me. Ruth hit some key 3’s and really just played well.

“Wickham played excellent too, don’t get me wrong, but Ruth’s play was probably the biggest key to the game.”

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