Feb 3, 2014 - By Craig Blumenshine, Staff WriterThe loss keeps Riverton still looking for its first win in the Class 4-A West conference.
CASPER -- Fired up after a surprising loss to the Rock Springs Tigers, Class 4-A West conference favorite Kelly Walsh Trojans opened Saturday's conference basketball game against the Riverton Wolverines like they had something to prove.
Crashing to the offensive boards -- the Trojans had five offensive rebounds in the first two minutes of play -- Kelly Walsh ran away from the Riverton Wolverines 68-36 Saturday in Casper.
The loss keeps Riverton (7-9, 0-3) still looking for its first win in the Class 4-A West with two big road games this Friday at Green River and Saturday at Evanston now looming on the schedule.
The game was rough from the start, and it's a style of play that didn't sit well with Riverton head coach Dick Quayle.
"If you get officials that call a good basketball game, it's a huge thing for us. If it's allowed to be really physical like that, then we are going to struggle. They were just throwing our kids away. It is supposed to be a skill game, that's what I always thought. Obviously we need to spend more time in the weight room and less times on skills if it's going to be like that," Quayle said.
Chris Quayle led Riverton in scoring with 12 points, including three 3-point shots. The Trojans' Kooper Adams scored 12, and both Talen Markovic and Turner Hiatt tallied 10 in a balanced Kelly Walsh attack.
For the Trojans, a dominating inside game was top of mind after struggling against the big Rock Springs' lineup that back in a zone and kept Kelly Walsh off the offensive glass Thursday, according to KW head coach Randy Roden.
"In the grand scheme of things, it was pretty important that we win today. You start looking mathematically, and want to get one of those automatic seeds. For us to come out, and set the tone, and get the early lead was big. We expected that we would be good. At times we've preformed well, and at times we haven't. We've got depth and experience," Roden said.
Riverton 8 6 8 14 -- 36
Casper Kelly Walsh 14 18 20 16-- 68
Riverton(36) -- Brandon Fullerton 3 1-1 7, Austin Patterson 3 0-0 6, Easton Paxton 0 0-0 0, Chris Quayle 1 1-3 (3) 12, Tristan Ortiz 2 0-1 4, Eion Meyers 1 0-1 (1) 5, Myron Oldman 0 2-2 2, Caleb Richmond 0 0-0 0, Caleb Ogg 0 0-0 0, Bo Patterson 0 0-0 0. Totals 9 4-7 (3) 36.
Kelly Walsh (68) -- Kirk Durtsch 0 0-0 0, Marcus Nolan 4 1-3 9, Talen Markovic 5 0-0 10, Cam McDaniel 0 0-0 0, Turner Hiatt 3 4-4 10, Grant Murphy 0 0-0 0, Tanner Hilderbrand 0 0-0 0, Kyle Chuman 1 0-0 (1) 5, Kooper Adams 4 1-1 (1) 12, Beecher Strube 2 3-4 7, Ethan Applegate 3 0-2 6. Totals 23 10-16 (4) 68.
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