Conference season starts Friday for RivertonJan 23, 2014 By Craig Blumenshine, Staff Writer
With the non-conference part of their schedules full of memories, the Riverton High School boys and girls basketball teams now play for the records that matter.
Both teams open Class 4-A West conference play Friday in Rock Springs. The Lady Wolverines tip off at 5:30 p.m., and the boys are set to follow at about 7 p.m.
The Wolverine boys and Rock Springs Tigers have identical 7-6 records heading into conference play. Both teams brought home trophies from last year's Class 4-A state tournament. Riverton lost to Evanston in the state championship game, while Rock Springs dominated Cheyenne Central for the consolation trophy.
The Tigers are led in scoring by Lennon Spence, whose 20 points per game is tops in the conference.
"He is really athletic and a good player, and quick. They do a lot of good things clearing space so he can go at you one on one. He is deceptive in getting to the basket. I don't know how we plan to defend him right now," RHS head coach Dick Quayle said.
Tiger Kellyn Goodrich is eighth in conference scoring, averaging just under 10 points per game.
"They want to get you into a running game with them and they will probably press. We'll have to be smart and pick our spots. Hopefully we'll have success against it," Quayle said.
After great performances last week against Lander and Powell, Riverton's Brandon Fullerton is now the third leading scorer in the Class 4-A West, averaging 14.2 points per game.
The Wolverines enter the game in good health and will have a rare weekend off following Friday's game.
The book is very similar for the Lady Wolverines and Lady Tigers as well. Riverton enters with a 6-7 record, while Rock Springs finished their pre-conference schedule at 5-8.
"We are similar. They are young like we are, and they try to run a sideline fast break. We've had similar results, and our schedules have been very parallel," RHS Lady Wolverine head coach Ron Porter said.
The Lady Tigers are led in scoring by Summer Newman, despite playing in just six games for Rock Springs. Newman averages 10 points per game.
"They are very athletic. I don't know the status of Summer Newman (broken foot), but she does a lot of things well for them," Porter said.
Riverton, much improved this year and riding a four-game winning streak, is led in scoring by Kiley Ridgway at 12 points per game. Ridgway also pulls down nine boards per game for the Lady Wolverines, who lead the state in team rebounding at 33 rebounds per game.
The Wolverines also have three of the top 10 free-throw shooters in the Class 4-A West. Ridgway, Camey Fegler and Savannah Salisbury are all shooting above 60-percent from the free throw line.
As for Friday's game, Porter believes his team has an opportunity to continue its winning ways.
"If we can continue to control the boards and get some good shots, we'll do well," Porter said.
Both games can be heard live on KTAK radio, 93.9 FM.