Dec 22, 2013 - By Craig Blumenshine, Staff WriterThe Riverton Lady Wolverines basketball team gave it an early Christmas gift by beating Star Valley 41-32 in the final game of the Flaming Gorge basketball tournament Saturday in Green River.
It was the Riverton's first win of the season against six losses.
"It was overdue. I am happy for the kids. It's a good way to roll into the Christmas vacation. We battled a little bit harder and came out on top," a happy head coach Ron Porter said after the game.
The Lady Wolverines came from behind to get the win, and Porter credits a solid performance (18-25) from the free throw line for the victory. The Wolverines shot right at 70 percent from the charity stripe for the tournament.
Kiley Ridgway pulled down 15 rebounds and scored 15 points to lead the Lady Wolverines. Savannah Salisbury added 14 points, and Camey Fegler tossed in nine.
"Savannah had five steals today and played hard. Our kids are getting it and want to take this program to the next level," Porter said.
Against Gillette on Friday, the Lady Wolverines played less-experienced players in the first half because of a team discipline issue and lost to the third-ranked Lady Camels 78-49.
"We had a situation, an in-house situation that we felt needed to be addressed. We decided to discipline some kids for half of the Gillette game. Unfortunately, it was reported, not accurately, on the radio as to what happened, and that is unfair to high school kids and their parents. As it was, no one on our staff or in our school district would condone improper behavior. We take a lot of pride in representing our school.
"We felt that both groups, the kids that had to play extra minutes in that first half and the kids that sat out, they both responded very well. We are a much better team, and I was proud of the response from both groups. Our kids are good kids and recognize their poor decision. They responded like we expected they would," Porter said.
Camille Whiteman nearly had a double-double, scoring eight points and pulling down 10 rebounds.
"Camille had a tremendous game, and Deni Lou Nicholls and Megan Doyle stepped up and played well over the weekend," Porter said.
Riverton 12 13 11 13 -- 49
Gillette 27 17 13 20 -- 78
Riverton (49) -- Trinity Goggles 4 2-2 10, Savannah Salisbury 1 2-3 4, Jensyn Pettit 0 1-2 1, Maci Evans 0 1-2 1, Kiley Ridgway 4 0-0 8, Camey Fegler 2 1-2 5, Deni Lou Nicholls 2 6-7 10, Camille Whiteman 3 2-2 8, Jaycee Shultz 1 0-0 2, Megan Doyle 0 0-0 0, Hannah Hauck 0 0-0 0. Totals 17 15-20 49.
Riverton 7 9 11 14 -- 41
Star Valley 8 8 9 7 -- 32
Riverton (41) -- Savannah Salisbury 4 3-4 (1) 14, Jensyn Pettit 1-2 1, Maci Evans 1 0-0 2, Kiley Ridgway 4 7-9 15, Camey Fegler 1 7-10 9, Camille Whiteman 0 0-0 0, Megan Doyle 0 0-0 0, Hannah Hauck 0 0-0 0. Totals 10 18-25 (1) 41.
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