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The Versailles Republican

February 5, 2015 • Sports

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Annual Raiders Homecoming at South Ripley a success
Visiting Lawrenceburg Tigers capture game

Gary Franklin

The South Ripley High School homecoming continues to be fun and entertaining for alumni and guests. This year’s 2014-15 festive event, held on Friday, Jan. 30, found the Raiders' boys playing host to the visiting Lawrenceburg Tigers.

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Pictured from left, South Ripley Raider junior Brady Meyer (11) dribbles the ball up court as teammates junior Ty Tucker (40) and senior Chase Samples (33) hustle back to get into their offensive positions.

SRHS Homecoming 2015
The annual homecoming event proceeded with the introduction and presentation of prince and princess candidates from underclassmen by co-emcees, Haley Schmaltz and Ashley Moore. Presentation of king and queen candidates and the crowning followed. South Ripley Lady Raider senior Faith Lafary again honored the SRHS basketball crowd with her singing of “The National Anthem” and the business at hand at the center court circle on the hardwood got underway.

Quarter One

A Tigers collected tip led to Lawrenceburg failure to score, allowing Raider junior Kaleb Riley (15) to put the first score on the game book with his FG connection. The Tigers answered with a FG and a 3 pointer to take the lead. Raider senior Brady Meyer answered with an over the rim flush for 4-5. A Tigers basket later, Raider Meyer (11) countered. However, unstopped, the Tigers mounted a successive three FG run to go up 15-8, forcing Coach Wrightsman to take a time-out to regroup the Raiders’ focus. Resuming action led to Raider junior Ty Tucker’s (30) first FG score of the game. Again a Tigers FG for the counter, led to the final scoring of the opening period with the visiting Tigers off and running, at 17-10.

Quarter Two
As the second period progressed, the Tigers set the table once again, three consecutive FG scores, to lead by 14 at 24-10. The first and only successive scoring run for the Raiders included back to back FG scores by sophomore Cory Walker (5) and Ty Tucker (30) by the five minute mark. The Tigers bagged a pair of FTs and added an old fashioned three point (FG/FT) combo to erase Raiders’ advances, edging their lead on up to 15 at 29-14. A Raider junior Elijah Roepke (35) FG was erased via a Tigers pair from the charity stripe. Raider Tucker (30) connected on a pair of FTs, leading to a Tigers three pointer rippling the net. Raider Roepke added the final score of the first half action for a FG score, sending teams to the locker room for the halftime break, SR trailing by 14 at 20-34.

Quarter Three
In opening second half action, the Tigers scored a FG and connected on the extra point from the charity stripe. Raider Meyer (1) added a FG score. Again the Tigers benefited from a FG/FT combination, increasing the Raider deficit to 18 at 40-22. Raider Meyer (11) made his way through the Tigers defense for a Raider FG score. A pair of Tigers FT connections later, Raider Meyer (11) connected for a 3 pointer. Tiger 2 for 4 FT shooting led to back to back 3 pointers by Raider sophomore Derek Turner (10) and junior Elijah Roepke (35) to cut their deficit to 11 at 33-44, however, with 2.4 ticks left on the third period clock, the Tigers connected on one of two FT, back to a dozen point lead at 45-33.

Quarter Four
With only the final period to mount a comeback, SR’s back against the wall, the final 8 minutes would reveal stories true conclusion and stranger things have happened while pounding the orange. Three consecutive baskets by the Raiders brought new life to a stagnant game for Raiders fans as Roepke (35) scored a FG and a 3 pointer followed by a 3 pointer by Derek Turner (10). The light had come on and a game was yet to be played out with SR now trailing by just four points, 41-45 and over five minutes remained to battle it out. Exciting, but short lived, a Tigers time-out led to 3 of 4 FT shooting by the Tigers, eroding SR’s comeback. Raider Cory Walker (5) connected for a FG score, but a Tigers FG countered it. Raider Meyer (11) added one of two FTs, but the Tigers netted a FG score and by just under three minutes left, Lawrenceburg was back up by eight at 52-44. Successive time-outs by Lawrenceburg, then South Ripley led to another Raider Roepke (35) a 3 pointer. A pair of successful Tigers FT shots led to Raider Meyers misfiring in his attempts on the pair offered him. The game now under a minute, the ever ensuing fouling in hope of a miss that stretches final scores out of proportion. Fortunately for SR, the Tigers only connected on three of the six they shot in this segment. Unfortunately for SR, no points were made to reduce the deficit, concluding with a final game count of Lawrenceburg 57-47 over the hosting South Ripley.

Faith Lafary
Lady Raider Faith Lafary sings “The National Anthem” to get SR Homecoming 2015 varsity basketball action underway.

SR Raiders 10 20 33 47
L’brg Tigers 17 34 45 57

South Ripley Raiders 47
Coach Travis Wrightsman
Jr 35 Elijah Roepke 15
Jr 11 Brady Meyer 14
Jr 40 Ty Tucker 6
So 10 Derek Turner 6
So 5 Cory Walker 4
Jr 15 Kaleb Riley 2
Non-scoring Raiders:
33 Sr-Chase Samples,
25 Jr-Larry Pickett and
20 Jr-Adan Tussey

Lawrenceburg Tigers 57
Coach John Blackwell
Sr 3 Adam Harves 24
So 32 Jordan Houze 12
Sr 2 Jordan Kauffman 10
Sr 5 Mitch Martin 8
Sr 12 Ben Bezold 3
Non-scoring Tigers:
21 Sr-Diallo Clark,
24 Sr-Tommy Lovins,
4 Jr-Adam Lang,
44 Jr-Trevor Rolfes,
20 So-Drew Wilson,
30 So-AJ Mueller and
15 Fr-Curtistis

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