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Lady Wolverines survive thriller with Lander
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Lady Wolverines survive thriller with Lander for third straight win

Jan 17, 2014 - By Craig Blumenshine, Staff Writer

Riverton Lady Wolverine Kiley Ridgway scored a game-high 19 points and pulled down 11 rebounds to lead Riverton over its cross-county rival Lander 45-40 Thursday night at Wolverine Gym.

The win was the third in a row for the Lady Wolverines and ups their record to 5-7. Riverton will close out the non-conference part of the schedule at home Saturday in a game against the Powell Lady Panthers. Varsity action is set to begin at 2 p.m. at Wolverine Gym.

Lander (3-8) will hit the road Saturday for a conference game against fourth-ranked Mountain View.

"It wasn't pretty," Lady Wolverine head coach Ron Porter said.

But it was a win, and his Lady Wolverines were all smiles at center court after the game accepting the Keeper of the Gold trophy awarded to the winner of Riverton vs. Lander athletic contests.

Behind early

Playing before an enthusiastic crowd, the Lady Wolverines fell behind and struggled to keep up with Lander's transition style of basketball. Leading 12-8 after the first quarter, Ashlyn Schamber's 3-point shot with 4:05 remaining in the second quarter expanded Lander's lead to 17-10.

As Porter expected, Lander played a zone defense against the Lady Wolverines, trying to prevent Ridgway from getting the ball inside most of the night.

"We didn't have offensive patience in the first half," Porter said.

But the tide started to turn late in the second quarter when Ridgway grabbed a rebound, powered back up for two, and was fouled by Lander's Deja Jones. Ridgway, who rarely shows emotion on court, pumped her fist, completed the and-one, and the sense of a momentum shift was under way.

"I really, really liked our spirit. Kiley really asserted herself," Porter said.

Third-quarter lead

Down by three at halftime, the Lady Wolverines opened the third quarter with back-to-back buckets by Savannah Salisbury and Ridgway to take the lead at 21-20. Camey Fegler expanded the lead to 28-21 but Lander's Brindi Lock, who opened the season on the Wyoming Indian High School Lady Chiefs' roster, scored all five of her points in a 20-second burst to pull the Lady Tigers back to within two at 28-26.

"We put in for a hardship (transfer), and it took a couple of weeks for that to be investigated. She (Lock) was able to play J.V. for us before, but she'll help us out a lot and will add depth," Lander Lady Tiger head coach Spike Robinson said.

Rivalry finish

After three quarters, the Lady Wolverines led 32-28. Fegler added a basket, and Ridgway added two free throws and a bucket to put Riverton on a run at the start of the fourth quarter.

As time was winding down, Kelly Garvin, who led Lander in scoring with 11, scored with 47 seconds remaining to pull Lander with two at 42-40. But, as it had most of the night, Riverton's defense again asserted itself. Salisbury's steal gave Riverton a possession, and the defense caused another turnover with 26 seconds remaining.

Forced to foul, Garvin committed her fifth, and Salisbury went to the line. She hit the first free throw, but when she missed the second, Salisbury streaked forward for the loose ball, got the rebound, and was fouled. Salisbury made her final two free throws to seal the win.

"We had great determination for a number of players. Savannah willed us to get back in the game and had big steals. Camey played great defense and Deni Lou Nicholls also played hard," Porter said.

Forward Jensyn Pettit finished the game with eight points for the Lady Wolverines.

"Her length and effort were critical and I thought she played well," Porter said.

The Lady Tigers were just 3-12 from the free throw line, while the Lady Wolverines shot 9-14. Riverton out rebounded Lander 40-29.

"They really pressured us for rebounds and played a nice game. We missed a bunch of free throws, but that is as hard as we've played all year," Robinson said.

Lander 12 8 8 12 -- 40

Riverton 8 9 15 13 -- 45

Lander (40) -- Keeley Garvin 5 1-2 11, Drew DeKing 1 0-0 2, Ashlyn Schamber 2 1-5 (1) 10, Keesh Rowan 2 0-0 4, Deja Jones 4 0-4 8, Brindi Lock 2 1-1 5, Katie Erickson 0 0-0 0, Iesha Wesaw 0 0-0 0, Codi Swenson 0 0-0 0. Totals 17 3-12 (1) 40.

Riverton (45) -- Savannah Salisbury 3 4-6 10, Jensyn Pettit 4 0-0 8, Maci Evans 0 0-0 0, Kiley Ridgway 7 5-5 19, Camey Fegler 3 0-1 6, Trinity Goggles 0 0-0 0, Morgan Doyle 0 0-0 0, Deni Lou Nicholls 1 0-0 2, Hannah Hauck 0 0-0 0. Totals 18 9-14 45.

3-point goals -- Lander (1) Ashlyn Schamber 1. Riverton 0.

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