IAHS fourth-quarter surge falls short at Ripley

By SCOTTY NICHOLS
Sports Editor

RIPLEY – The IAHS Indians matched up with the division 2-4A champion Ripley Tigers in

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IAHS’s Vijay Miller flushes a fastbreak dunk against Ripley.

round one of the class 4A state playoffs, last week, and fought tooth-and-nail to pull off the upset and extend their season.
Ripley got off to a mammoth start, but IAHS scratched and clawed for the final three quarters and came one play – and two questionable calls – from completing what seemed to be a far cry just 24 minutes earlier and fell just short, 60-59.
The Tigers scorched the Indians 19-7 in the first quarter, and two of those IAHS points came on a buzzer-beating pull-up jumper by senior Vijay Miller.
For the final three quarters, however, IAHS went on a tear Ripley had to fight desperately to slow down.
The Indians narrowed the margin slightly in the second and third quarters, but came out and performed in the fourth quarter like they’d been shot out of a cannon.
An early surge, highlighted by a Colbe Hodges steal and dish to Vijay Miller, who threw down a fast break dunk on the other end, cut the Ripley lead to just three points less than two minutes into the final period.
As the two teams battled, IAHS found themselves down by three points, 60-57, after Russell Bunch put back a third-chance layup, when head coach Devin Hill called a timeout with just 0:32 left.
The Indians forced a five-second violation to reclaim possession and get the visitor’s section on their feet.
Miller received the inbound pass and appeared to be fouled on a 3-point attempt, but there was no call.
Junior Austin King pulled down the rebound with 0:02 left on the clock and put a shot back up, again appearing to draw a foul, but the basket fell through with no whistle, leaving the Indians on the short end, 60-59.
“It’s tough,” Hill said after the game. “We want to get, at least, one of those calls at the end to get a chance. I’m pleased with the way we finished the game out, we just dug ourselves too deep in that first quarter.”
Miller led the Indians with 23 points and King followed with 19.

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