Dec 18, 2013 - By Craig Blumenshine, Staff WriterAll three games for the Wolverine boys and girls are against opponents ranked in the state's top five.
Both the Riverton High School boys and girls basketball teams travel to Sweetwater County for three games Thursday through Saturday at the 19th annual Flaming Gorge Basketball Tournament hosted by Green River High School.
It will be a tough, challenging weekend for both the boys (1-3) and girls (0-4) squads. All games for both teams are against ranked opponents.
The Riverton boys play their first game against Cheyenne East Thursday at 1 p.m. The RHS girls follow, also against Cheyenne East, at 2:40 p.m.
Both first-day games for Riverton's teams are at Rock Springs High School.
Friday, the Riverton girls play early against Gillette at 9:40 a.m. and the boys follow at 11:20 a.m.
Riverton's boys play Class 3-A Star Valley at 11:50 a.m. Saturday, and the girls challenge Star Valley at 1:30 p.m.
Both Friday's and Saturday's games will be played in Green River.
The boys and girls teams should both receive a boost. Senior guard Austin Patterson makes his debut for the Wolverines, and Jensyn Pettit also will see her first action of the season for the Lady Wolverines. Both are recovering from injuries.
Both teams have had lackluster practices, according to their head coaches.
"We have not had a good week of practice. We are expecting bigger things, and you can't achieve those unless you practice hard. A lot of that is on me, and a lot of that is on them too. We will certainly be challenged for three days in Green River," girls coach Ron Porter said.
Boys coach Dick Quayle echoed similar sentiments.
"We haven't had a great week of practice. (Tuesday) Caleb Ogg got a shot in the kidney, and I'm not sure whether he is going to play or not, but it will be a nice to get Austin out there," Quayle said.
Riverton's boys will debut a re-tooled offensive attack to try to get more punch and points on the board.
"We've looked at what we are doing offensively and have changed things around. It' going to take us a while to pick up on it, but I think it will help us in the long run. We will go to more of a patterned offense. And we have to get tougher defensively. Mentally and physically, we have to get tougher as a group," Quayle said.
All games in the Flaming Gorge Tournament will be broadcast live on KVOW 1450 AM.
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