COURT BATTLE: Shawe’s Joey Mingione (above) steals the ball from South Ripley’s Joe Dicken during Friday’s game in Versailles. The Raiders’ 6-foot-7 center Cody Federmann (right) goes over the Hilltoppers’ 6-foot-3 Taylor Rhoten for a rebound. South Ripley won the game 56-51 to improve to 31-2 against Shawe all-time in Versailles. (Staff photos by David Campbell)
COURT BATTLE: Shawe’s Joey Mingione (above) steals the ball from South Ripley’s Joe Dicken during Friday’s game in Versailles. The Raiders’ 6-foot-7 center Cody Federmann (right) goes over the Hilltoppers’ 6-foot-3 Taylor Rhoten for a rebound. South Ripley won the game 56-51 to improve to 31-2 against Shawe all-time in Versailles. (Staff photos by David Campbell)
VERSAILLES - South Ripley rallied from three points down to start the fourth quarter and pulled out a 56-51 win over Shawe Memorial in boys action Friday in Versailles.

The Hilltoppers, who have won in Versailles only twice in 33 tries, took their first lead of the game on a Luke Higgins 3-pointer at the end of the third quarter.

Shawe held the lead for the first minute of the fourth before South Ripley scored nine-straight points to push ahead 47-41 with 6:17 left to play.

The Hilltoppers stayed close and trailed by only one (50-49) with 2:19 left in the game. But the host Raiders hit 4-of-6 free throws down the stretch to salt away the win.

"We had some great looks at the basket, especially in the final couple of minutes," Shawe coach Matt Traylor said. "We just talked in the lockerroom that players make plays. At some point we have to be able to buy into that and have guys step up and get a stop, take care of the ball and knock down a shot. But we played much better, especially in the second half."

Shawe (1-3, 0-2 Ohio River Valley) struggled with the much taller South Ripley lineup. Cody Federmann, a 6-foot-7 senior center, scored the first three times he touched the ball and the Raiders jumped out to a 14-7 lead and 22-11 early in the second quarter.

But the smaller Hilltoppers dug down and limited Federmann to just three more attempts the rest of the game. Meanwhile, Shawe was finding its offensive groove and began battling back.

"I thought Taylor Rhoten, Jesse Ball, Kyle Daugherty, Eamon Fry and Alex Reuss posted really well and were as physical as they could be with (Federmann)," Traylor said. "And I thought our guards did a good job of doubling down on him. I know we had a couple of strips. He's a big kid and we're going to loose that battle physically every time. But it was a team effort on him."

A Joe Dicken 3-pointer with 7:02 left in the second quarter put South Ripley (3-1, 1-0 ORVC) ahead 22-11, its largest lead of the game. The Raiders still led 30-21 at the half after Austin Halcomb hit a layup with 15 seconds to go.

But the third quarter belonged to Shawe. David Grote opened the frame with a 3-pointer to cut the lead to six and a Joey Mingione three-point play a few seconds later cut the lead to three (30-27).

The Hilltoppers stayed within striking distance for the rest of the quarter and made their move at the end of the third. Trailing 38-34, Shawe pulled to within one when Mingione intercepted a full-court pass and pushed the ball to Luke Higgins who went hard to the basket and converted a three-point play.

After a Rhoten steal, Ball was fouled and hit one free throw to tie the game at 38-38 with 43 seconds left. On Ripley's next possession, Grote picked up a steal and hit Higgins in the right corner. The senior swished the 3-pointer at the buzzer for the 41-38 lead.

The Hilltoppers wouldn't score again until the 5:41 mark of the fourth quarter and managed only 10 points in the final frame. South Ripley took advantage with an 18-point quarter to pull out the win.

"We came out in the third quarter and really played well," Traylor said. "And then in the fourth our offense just abandoned us ... We've been playing very well in stretches here lately. What we need to do is put a full game together."

One area that Traylor was very happy with was turnovers. After turning the ball over 10 times in the first half, Shawe committed only three miscues over the final 16 minutes. South Ripley had 23 turnovers, 13 via Hilltopper steals.

"We played much better in the second half," Traylor said. "We took care of the ball better and made better decisions."

The big difference in the game was shooting percentage. While the Raiders hit 57 percent of their shots, Shawe struggled to a 17-for-57 (29.8 percent) performance including 4-of-18 (22.2 percent) from 3-point range.

Mingione led Shawe with 13 points on just 4-of-15 shooting while Grote had 11 points on 4-of-13 shooting. Ball had a nice game of nine points, seven rebounds and three steals before fouling out with 3:44 to play.

South Ripley's Trey Sparks led all scorers with 15 points on 6-of-11 shooting and had five rebounds and six assists. Halcomb was 4-for-4 from the floor for 12 points and had nine rebounds while Federmann had 11 points and 13 rebounds.

Shawe, in the midst of a three-game losing streak, travels to Henry County (Ky.) for the first time in school history tonight. Despite the early-season slide, Traylor is confident that his team can still have a special year.

"One of our big goals is to win the sectional and even with two losses I think it's still in play," Traylor said. "We may need some help but I think the conference is very even and we could even play ourselves into a position to control our own destiny. But we're going to have to play with more consistency and it starts on Saturday."

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FRIDAY'S BOYS GAME

at Versailles

SOUTH RIPLEY 56, SHAWE 51



SHAWE 11 10 20 10 - 51

SOUTH RIPLEY 17 13 8 18 - 56



SHAWE (1-3, 0-2 ORVC) - (g)Mingione 13, (g)Grote 11, (f)Ball 9, (g)Higgins 8, Rios-Garcia 8, (f)Rhoten 2, Daugherty 0, Fry 0, Reuss 0.

SOUTH RIPLEY (3-1, 1-0 ORVC) - (g)Sparks 15, (f)Halcomb 12, (c)Federmann 11, (g)Dicken 9, Grider 8, Linkmeyer 1, (f)Mullins 0, Huntington 0, Gabbard 0, Tankersley 0.



3-Point Goals - Shawe 4 (Rios-Garcia 2, Grote 1, Higgins 1), South Ripley 3 (Dicken 2, Grider 1). Rebounds - Shawe 29 (Ball 7), South Ripley 39 (Federmann 13). Assists - Shawe 9 (Grote 4), South Ripley 13 (Sparks 6). Turnovers - Shawe 13, South Ripley 23. Total Fouls - Shawe 21, South Ripley 17. Free Throws - Shawe 13-19, South Ripley 13-27. Fouled Out - Shawe: Ball. Next Game - Shawe travels to Henry Co. (Ky.) today. South Ripley travels to South Decatur today.