The Ripley Lady Eagles (0-1) dropped their home opener to the Immaculata Bears 44-35 in the Ripley Tip-off Tournament.
The Bears came out with a force, outscoring the Lady Eagles 14-4 in the first quarter. Ripley battled back in the second quarter, but still trailed by seven going into the half.
“They came out strong in the first quarter,” Lady Eagle coach Alex Reyda said.
Immaculata slightly increased their lead in the third quarter, and led by 10 going into the final quarter of the game. Ripley outplayed the Bears in the fourth quarter, outscoring Immaculata 16-13, but Immaculata’s lead was enough to handle the run.
Kailyn Bentley was at the helm of the Lady Eagles comeback efforts, hitting two three’s in the last quarter. Bentley finished with three trifectas and totaled 15 points.
“She tried to bring us back,” said Reyda.
Heather Belson added 11 points for Ripley.
The Bears leading scorer was Jillian Fitzner with 15, she was followed by Julie Salisbury, who had 8 points, and Chelsey Rogowski, who chipped in with 7.
Reyda complimented the way Fitzner played
“Fitzner had a nice game for them,” Reyda said. “ She went five for five from the (free throw) line, with five baskets playing in the post. She was tough down low.”
The Lady Eagles’ coach believes that poor rebounding contributed to the loss.
“We didn’t box out,” said Reyda. “We didn’t hit the boards very well. They were able to get up on us and it cost us.”
Ripley will play in the consolation game today against Westfield at two o’clock.
The Lady Eagles plan on fixing some fundamentals to get back on track.
“We are gonna try to box out a lot better, clean up the boards, and take care of the basketball,” Reyda said. “We have to work on a lot of fundamentals. We have to polish our game up a little. It was our first game so we are working the kinks out a little.”
Sherman 79, Westfield 33
RIPLEY - Rachel Ottaway led a quartet of players who fininished with double-figures Friday, as Sherman (1-0) opened their season with a 79-33 win over Westfied (0-1) in the Ripley Tip-Off Tournament.
Ottaway ended with 23 points, nine rebounds and four steals while Nicole Lindstrom finished with 16 for the Lady Wildcats. Bethany Gribble finished with 15 points, 11 rebounds and five steals while teammate Michelle Persons finished with 15 points and four assists in the Sherman win.
For Westfield, Alanna Causebrook collected 17 points while Katelin Hunt added nine.
Chautauqua Lake 72, Brocton 18
BROCTON - Julia Einink led Chautauqua Lake (2-0) with 16 points and seven steals as the visiting Lady Thunderbirds downed Brocton 72-18 Friday in non-league girls’ basketball action.
Michaela Meleen added eight points and nine rebounds in the win while Mandy Gerber added four points and a team-high 12 rebounds for Chautauqua Lake. Also for the Lady Thunderbirds, Anna Preston contributed seven points, nine steals and six assists.
Cynthia Ferguson led all Lady Bulldog scorers with 10 points while teammate Rachel Bialaszewski led all players with 14 rebounds.