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RHS hosts Rock Springs on hardwood

Feb 13, 2014 - By Craig Blumenshine, Staff Writer

Friday's doubleheader at Wolverine Gym starts with a 6 p.m. girls tipoff, with the boys to follow at about 7:30 p.m.

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Friday's doubleheader at Wolverine Gym starts with a 6 p.m. girls tipoff, with the boys to follow at about 7:30 p.m. The Riverton Wolverines boys and girls basketball teams begin their second round of Class 4-A West basketball play at home Friday night against Rock Springs. The girls game is set to begin at 6 p.m. at Wolverine Gym, with the boys game to follow at approximately 7:30 p.m. Both Riverton teams finished their first round of conference play with identical 2-3 Class 4-A West records. Earlier this season, the Lady Wolverines used a dramatic 3-point buzzer beater from Savannah Salisbury to win in Rock Springs 45-42. The 3-point game-winner was Salisbury's second big trey of the game. Just as the first half was ending, Salisbury beat the second-quarter buzzer with a long shot to send the Lady Wolverines into halftime. Riverton will be playing without freshman Trinity Goggles and junior Camille Whiteman for the rest of the season. Both were varsity contributors who have transferred out of Riverton's school district and are no longer with the team. "I like our chances. We have made some changes. This is really an important game. We hope to go out and have fun. We need to find the joy in the game of basketball. We need to go out and turn it loose," Riverton Lady Wolverine head coach Ron Porter said. Casper Natrona finished the first round of Class 4-A West girls play with a perfect 5-0 record. RHS boys Head coach Dick Quayle's boys will be trying to avenge an 78-70 overtime loss at Rock Springs earlier this season. And the Wolverines will have to compensate without two inside players how have contributed to Riverton's season. Senior Myron Oldman is no longer with the team and junior Jordan Yowell will not play this weekend due to illness. "I think we are going to be OK this week. Rock Springs has a fairly decent big kid. We are going to have to toughen up inside. I think the Calebs (Ogg and Richmond) and Bo Patterson will have to step in and give us good minutes," Quayle said. Casper Kelly Walsh leads the Class 4-A West with a 4-1 record. "Our middle teams are really close in our conference. I was really surprised that Rock Springs was able to beat Kelly Walsh. I really didn't think anybody in our conference could beat them. I really think the next four teams in our conference are pretty even. It is just going to be in the last part of the season as to who is going to improve to determine the teams that can go to state in our conference. I think we can be one of them," Quayle said. Class 4-A West Girls Standings Natrona 5-0 Evanston 3-2 Rock Springs 3-2 Riverton 2-3 Kelly Walsh 2-3 Green River 0-5. Class 4-A East Girls Standings Sheridan 5-0 Gillette 4-1 Cheyenne East 3-2 Cheyenne Central 1-4 Laramie 1-3 Cheyenne South 1-4 Class 4-A West Boys Standings Casper Kelly Walsh 4-1 Rock Springs 3-2 Evanston 3-2 Casper Natrona 3-2 Riverton 2-3 Green River 0-5 Clase 4-A East Boys Standings Gillette 5-0 Cheyenne East 4-1 Sheridan 3-2 Cheyenne South 2-3 Cheyenne Central 1-4 Laramie 0-5

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