Things were looking good out of the gate for Ripon in the Sac-Joaquin Section Division IV semifinal game Wednesday night against top-seeded Liberty Ranch in Galt.
With an 11-5 lead and control of the tempo, the Indians seemed poised and steady and looked in form to make a serious challenge for the blue banner.
Then Liberty Ranch showed up.
With a 23-4 run swinging the momentum back in their favor, the Hawks took the lead and soared to a 72-51 victory. They advance to the section championship against Sonora on Friday at the Golden 1 Center.