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Ripon clamps down on Hilmar for easy victory

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Ripon clamps down on Hilmar for easy victory

Ruth Waters takes over the second half for the Indians, scoring two of her game-high 13 points here on a layup Tuesday against Hilmar.

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POSTED January 23, 2013 1:15 a.m.

RIPON – There was a stretch early where both teams looked evenly matched.

Hilmar had the deep ball sinking and was getting quality possessions on the regular. Ripon was effective, but junior Kelsey Alexander was basically responsible for that. Halfway through the second quarter things would shift0 in one direction and never shift back as the Indians cruised to a 61-35 Trans Valley League win Tuesday.

Hilmar (3-3 TVL, 15-4 overall) rode the hot hand of Oliviah Gemperle as long as it could, but the Yellowjackets simply had no response to an intensified Ripon defensive effort combined with Ruth Waters finding her comfort zone.

“Ripon got on a run there and we just didn’t have an answer for it,” Hilmar head coach Don Inman said. “We’re a young team without a lot of experience and Ripon is a great program that has a lot of real basketball savvy.

“They got into a rhythm there and we just had a hard time getting back into it.”

Ripon came out of a timeout late in the second with a three point lead at 19-16. The Indians would close the first half on a 9-2 run and go on to outscore Hilmar 42-19 the rest of the way. Jessica Coit, Haylee Fannin and Abby Waters finished the first half scoring barrage before Tia Sidtikun and Ruth Waters (13 points) picked up in the second.

Ripon (5-1, 16-4) would have its most productive quarter of the night in the pivotal third, producing 16 points and turning up a defensive effort that would keep the Yellowjackets in single digit average over the final two quarters.

“Our defense gets us going,” Ripon head coach George Contente said. “In our spurts, we can get 10 and 12 points in no time at all creating turnovers, we’ve got people running the floor and it’s good to see. “Even though our whole team is sick, it was good to see us fight through that.”

The Indians had several players playing with flu-like symptoms, with Sidtikun (8 points) looking most uncomfortable. This forced the team to turn to options that aren’t usually primary, yet were more then dependable for Contente.

“Our depth is evolving,” Contente said. “It’s at a point now where we are counting on people when they come into the game to do things. When it’s your turn to be out on the court with the responsibility to do the job, they are doing it now.

“Which is nice, because we are going to need all of that going into playoffs.”

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