Area athletes continue to shine as the basketball postseason rolls along in Kentucky and Ohio.
Ripley’s Landon Rigdon was huge in Ripley’s sectional final to keep the Blue Jays’ season alive and land Player of the Week honors on the boys’ side, while Mason County’s Victoria Brooks played big in the Lady Royals’ final two games of the season. The Ripley and Peebles boys’ remained alive to claim the team Performance of the Week.
Rigdon hit his second and third 3-pointers of Ripley’s Southwest Division IV sectional final on Saturday to bring the Blue Jays within 10 of Gamble Montessori and give the fans some life at halftime. He hit his fourth triple in the third quarter and his fifth in the fourth quarter with 2:40 remaining to put the Blue Jays ahead, where they would stay. He added four free throws in the fourth quarter to help close out the win, finishing with 23 points in the game.
The win kept Ripley’s season alive, which earned them a share of the team Performance of the Week. The Blue Jays will travel to the University of Dayton on Friday, where they’ll face Catholic Central in a 5:30 p.m. district final, their first since 2004. Behind Rigdon was Brian Dunn with 14 points and Ryan Harney with 10.
Peebles also picked up a share of the Performance of the Week with a win over Waterford in the Southeast Division IV district semifinals on Sunday. Peebles outscored the Wildcats, 21-9, in the third quarter to help pull away for the 59-51 win. Bostin Robinson led the way with 15 points, while Tanner Arey had 13, Weston Browning had eight and Blake Hawes had seven. They’ll face Green at 2 p.m. in the district finals on Saturday at Ohio University’s Convocation Center.
Brooks had eight points and five rebounds in a 50-32 win over Paris in the 10th Region quarterfinals to help the Lady Royals land in the semifinals against Scott. Brooks followed it by playing one of her best games of the year against the Lady Eagles, notching 21 points on 7-of-10 shooting while also grabbing four rebounds, but Mason County fell in double overtime, 65-63. The junior finished the season averaging 11.3 points per game, tied for the second-most on the team, and 4.1 rebounds per game, which was also the second-most on the Lady Royals, who finish the season at 19-12.