Vikings shoot ball well in win vs. Warren

Scholl had game-high 18 points

VINCENT — Warren High got ambushed on Military Appreciation Night.

The host Warriors were unable to finish what they started in the first half as they dropped a 60-53 decision to rallying Ripley High of W.Va. in a prep boys basketball game Tuesday evening.

“They (Vikings) played a nice second half, and we went 3 for 15 in the third quarter,” said WHS head coach Blane Maddox, whose Warriors led 29-22 at the intermission. “We shot 30 percent again and the other team (Ripley) shot 50-plus and 60 from the 3-point line. We just couldn’t overcome that.”

Warren (9-6) was paced by Kurt Taylor and Brandon Simoniette, who each scored 14 points. Brayden Sallee and Evan Byrd added seven markers apiece.

The Warriors as a team were 19 of 61 (31.1 percent) from the field.

“The kids played hard,” Maddox said. “But I thought we looked a little slow when we we’re trying to get a few steals there, but Ripley was pretty quick, and they had that big man (Ty Johnson).”

Ripley (6-5) was led by Tobias Scholl, who tallied a game-high 18 points. Johnson, a 6-foot-5 pivot player, added a double-double with 15 points and 16 rebounds. He also blocked four shots and had three assists.

“We’ve got to learn to score when there is a big man on the floor,” Maddox said. “You know, that’s been a problem if there’s a big man that’s taking away our layups or a post play. Our guards were having trouble getting open and getting good looks in the second half.

Carter Casto and Isaac Robertson added 15 and 8 points, respective, for the Vikings.

Scholl drained two first-quarter 3s to help stake RHS to a 13-12 advantage. Taylor kept the Warriors close with five points.

In the second period, Taylor continued to stay hot, making three triples as Warren outpointed the Vikes, 17-9, and led 29-22 at halftime.

Early in the third quarter, Ripley scored seven unanswered points on buckets by Casto, Scholl, and Robertson to tie the game at 29-all.

After a timeout by Warren, the Warriors regained the advantage on a Sallee jumper in the paint. But the Vikings answered that with a Casto 3 and a 32-31 lead. Robertson followed that up with a trifecta and Johnson made a layup for a 37-31 lead.

Warren, meanwhile, was one of 11 from the floor at one point in the third quarter. Taylor, who had 14 points in the opening half, was shut out after the break, thanks in part to Scholl.

“We just changed up a little bit defensively, and boxed out so they couldn’t get second-chance points,” said Ripley boss Luke Parsons. “They (Warriors) made seven 3s in the first half, and most of the time high school teams aren’t going to keep that up throughout the whole entire game.”

Warren rallied late in the third on triples by Chevalier and Byrd, and also got a couple of freebies by Simoniette. Going into the final stanza, the Warriors trailed by four (43-39).

6-6 Ripley freshman Luke Johnson (Ty’s younger brother) provided a spark with a couple of baskets early in the fourth quarter, and Casto added five more points to his total to help keep the Warriors at bay.

Simoniette scored 8 fourth-quarter points as Warren tried to battle back. But it proved to be too little, too late.

“They just shut us down,” Maddox said. “When you’re play teams in Division I and in district play, you’ve got to be able to score, and shoot better than 30 percent.”

Ron Johnston can be reached at rjohnston@mariettatimes.com