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Indians come back to beat Summerville
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SUMMERVILLE – Trailing by double digits after the first eight minutes of action did not rattle Ripon’s focus, as it bounced back with a strong second quarter on its way to a 52-45 win over the Summerville Bears Friday.

The Indians (7-8) shrugged off an unimpressive first quarter and outscored the Bears in each of the final three periods, holding Summerville to just seven points in the final period.

“It was one of those travel games,” Ripon head coach Rod Wright said. “We played like we sat in the van for an hour and a half before the game started. From there we had to work our way back into it and we were able to do that.”

Ripon got another standout effort from senior Matt Ratto who led the Indians with 19 points, including seven huge points in Ripon’s 20-point second quarter. Kody Wengel finished with 15, while teammate Jared Ratto poured in 11. Ripon nailed eight 3-pointers as a team, with Matt and Jared Ratto hitting three apiece.

Ripon 40, Summerville 16
RIPON – The Indians jumped out to a comfortable 15-2 first quarter lead and never looked back.

Kendra Contente held the hot hand for Ripon (6-7), falling just a point short of tying the Bears’ entire team output with 15 points. Sereena Hertel added six, while Lauren Feddersen and Kristy McCann both chipped in four.

“Our defense obviously played well, holding them to two or six points in each of the quarters,” Ripon head coach George Contente said. “Anytime you can put up single-digit quarters that is good.

“I think the difference was our pressure got to them a little bit.”

Ripon will try and make it two straight when they roll out the welcome mats for Amador High Tuesday. Tipoff is scheduled for 7:30 p.m.

Bret Harte 47, Ripon Christian 38
RIPON – Bret Harte (4-9) broke a two-game losing streak with a blistering opening half. The Bullfrogs led 26-7 at halftime, but had to fight off a late Ripon Christian run to earn the victory.

The Knights were held scoreless in the opening quarter.

“It was a tale of two halves,” Ripon Christian head coach Kirk Tillema said. “We came out and outscored them by ten in the second half, but it wasn’t enough to overcome the lopsided first half.”

Kelsey Tillema led Ripon Christian with 15 points and teammate Mikaela Alger finished behind Tillema with eight. Alger also pulled down a team-high seven rebounds in the loss.

Ripon Christian (5-7) will be back on the court Tuesday when they play host to the 9-5 Linden Lions.

— Jagada Chambers