By Wade Linville –
Coming off a narrow 49-46 win over the Eastern Warriors off a game winning three-pointer by freshman Peyton Fyffe, the Ripley-Union-Lewis-Huntington Blue Jays suffered a 60-50 loss at home to the Lynchburg-Clay Mustangs as Southern Hills Athletic Conference high school hoop action continued on Tuesday night.
The Jays led the Mustangs 28-24 at halftime, but it was a big third quarter by the visiting Lynchburg-Clay varsity squad that made the difference in the game. The Mustangs were able to outscore the Jays 21-9 in the third period, rallying back from the first half deficit to hold a 45-37 lead entering the fourth quarter of play.
The Mustangs went on to outscore the Jays 15-13 in the final frame to secure the 10-point victory.
Senior Joe Giordano led the way for the Mustangs with 19 points. There were three more Mustangs to shoot for double figures in the win at Ripley.
Lynchburg junior Eric Mclaughlin finished with 15 points, sophomore Damin Pierson ended the night with 12 points, and senior Brian Lampkin ended the game with 10 points.
On Saturday, Jan. 7 it was the RULH varsity boys basketball squad venturing to Eastern High School to escape with a 49-46 league victory in a bout that ended with the last second three-pointer by Fyffe.
Ripley coach Marty Adams said it was a “total team effort” by his Jays, who held a lead for most of the game.
The Jays would find themselves trailing the Warriors for a two-to-three minute stretch in the fourth quarter of play, but the determined Ripley squad was able to rally back from the deficit to put them in striking distance for the win.
The Jays led 10-9 at the end of the first quarter following a frame that saw Ripley’s Ryan Harney bury a pair of three pointers while teammate Josiah Staggs sank a couple of field goals from inside the arc.
Laymon Marshall, Josh Deaton, Fiffe, and Dalton Moran got in on the scoring action in the second quarter to help the Jays to a 25-20 lead at halftime.
Eastern’s Kaleb Martin shot for six points in the third period to help the Warriors outscore the Jays 10-8 in the frame. Entering the fourth period, it was the Jays clinging tight to a 33-30 advantage.
Eastern’s Blake Rigdon racked up 10 points in the fourth quarter as the Warriors rallied to take the lead, but the Jays would hold their composure in the final minutes.
Tied at 46 in the final seconds, Fyffe was able to rifle in his second three-pointer of the game which proved to be the game winner.
“We fought back (in the fourth quarter) and were lucky enough to hit the shot at the end,” said Adams.
There were nine Jays to contribute points in the win at Eastern.
Leading the way in scoring for the Jays was Marshall with 10 points.
Fyffe finished with eight points, while Deaton ended the game with seven points.
Leading all scorers was Rigdon with 16 points.
Also shooting for double figures for the Warriors were Garyn Purdy with 11 points and Martin with 10 points.
The Jays upped their overall record to 6-4 and their Southern Hills Athletic Conference record to 3-2 with Saturday’s win at Eastern, but dropped to a 6-5, 3-3 with Tuesday’s loss to Lynchburg-Clay.
The Warriors dropped to an overall record of 7-3 and a record of 2-2 in SHAC play.