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Buzzer-beater by Salisbury gives RHS girls fifth straight win

Jan 27, 2014 - By Craig Blumenshine, Staff Writer

The win pushes the Lady Wolverines to 7-7 overall, but more importantly, Riverton is 1-0 in the Class 4-A West conference. Up next for Riverton is a Thursday night game at home against Casper Natrona.

Savannah Salisbury's 3-point buzzer-beater as the first half ended was just the opening act. Her trey at the final buzzer was the grand finale that gave the Riverton Lady Wolverines an exciting 45-42 Class 4-A West conference win on the road Friday night against the Rock Springs Lady Tigers.

The win pushes the Lady Wolverines to 7-7 overall but, more importantly,

Riverton is 1-0 in the Class 4-A West.

And, the win is Riverton's fifth in a row and its seventh in eight games.

"I just kind of threw it up there from the left side, and it went in. The one before halftime, I just kind of threw that one up too," Salisbury said after Friday's win.

Riverton head coach Ron Porter said that normally Camey Fegler throws the ball in but, after Rock Springs turned the ball over late, Porter had Salisbury inbound the ball thinking she would have a better opportunity to hit a final shot with the score tied at 42-42.

And he was right.

Both of Salisbury's big 3-pointers, accounting for six of the 12 points she scored, were banked off the glass.

"I didn't call the bank. I was glad it wasn't a government holiday because the bank was open. It was a day of the bank shot for the Wolverines.

"It's about time we got lucky, because everyone else has gotten lucky against us," Porter said.

The Lady Wolverines switched from their normal man-to-man defense and played a zone defense more that Porter expected.

"When we zoned, that helped because they don't shoot outside," he said.

"Everybody is really excited. It is nice to be 1-0 in conference," Salisbury said.

Junior Kiley Ridgway, who took an elbow to the nose during the physical battle, led Riverton scorers with 16 and also pulled down 13 rebounds.

"I just got elbowed while going for a rebound. It's fine," Ridgway said.

Fegler finished the game with 10 points, and Jensyn Pettit showed courage and took two big charges, according to Porter.

Up next for the Lady Wolverines is a Thursday night conference game at home against the Casper Natrona Fillies.

Riverton 6 15 12 12 -- 45

Rock Springs 8 15 10 9 -- 42

Riverton (45) -- Savannah Salisbury 3 0-1 (2) 12, Trinity Goggles 0 1-2 1, Maci Evans 1 0-0 2, Kiley Ridgway 6 4-8 16, Camey Fegler 4 2-2 10, Deni Lou Nicholls 1 2-2 4, Morgan Doyle 0 0-0 0, Jensyn Pettit 0 0-0 0, Camille Whiteman 0 0-0 0. Totals 15 9-15 (2) 45.

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