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Tight defense key in RHS conference victory Friday
Feb 17, 2014 - By Steve Peck, Publisher
Throughout the boys high school basketball season, the guard line has been Riverton's strength. That was never more evident than Friday night, when four Wolverine back-courters combined for 46 points in pushing Riverton to an emphatic conference win over the Rock Springs Tigers at Wolverine Gym.
Chris Quayle's 16 points led Riverton, with the acrobatic Austin Patterson close behind with 13. Reserve guard Eion Meyers had a season-high 10 points, and Brandon Fullerton had seven. Fullerton also was the game's leading rebounder with 12.
Riverton is an even 10-10 on the season overall. More importantly, the Wolverines now are 3-3 in the Class 4-A West conference following their third straight league win after an 0-3 start.
Defense was the name of Riverton's game all night. After Kellyn Goodrich nailed a couple of early 3-pointers, Riverton tightened the clamps and held the Tigers to singe-digit scoring in the remaining three periods.
"I think we started a lot better and were able to slow them down," Wolverine head coach Dick Quayle said. "We played better defense and stopped penetration.
"They made some shots early but as the game progressed, they got less and less."
Patterson, who had missed much of the second half when the two teams played last month in Rock Springs after a technical foul, was a man on a mission in the first half. He swish two 3-pointers and slashed hard to the hoop as well, carrying 11 points to the halftime break, when Riverton led 28-26.
Fullerton put in a 3-pointer from the corner on Riverton's first possession of the third period, followed soon after by another trey from Chris Quayle, who had seven in the quarter as Riverton took control. Quayle three-ball was a whopper from 26 feet out.
Riverton, which was a shorter team Friday with 6-4 Myron Oldman no longer on the team and 6-6 Jordan Yowell out sick, got a good game in the paint from 6-2 senior Caleb Ogg, who had six points and seven rebounds while battling 6-4 Josh Hanson of Rock Springs. Hanson had just three points and three boards.
Riverton has just one conference road game remaining. That comes Thursday at Casper Natrona, followed by home games against Casper Kelly Walsh on Saturday, Feb. 22, Green River on Tuesday, Feb. 25, and Evanston on Saturday, March 1.
"Against Natrona, we have to play better defense and get better shots," Coach Quayle said. They are a physical, athletic team."
Natrona beat Riverton at Wolverine Gym earlier in the year.
ROCK SPRINGS 18 8 9 7 -- 42
RIVERTON 18 10 16 12 -- 56
Rock Springs -- Darek Mattinson 3 2-2 8, Lennon Spence 4 1-2 9, Sean Wilmore 0 0-3 0, Josh Hansen 1 1-2 3, Kellyn Goodrich (3) 2-2 11, Demetrius Davenport 0 0-0 0, Jared Kendrick 3 0-1 6, Jared Rodriguez 1 0-1 2, Garrett McGaha 1 1-1 3. Totals 13 (3) 7-12 42.
Riverton -- Brandon Fullerton 2 (1) 0-0 7, Austin Patterson 2 (2) 3-6 13, Chris Quayle 4 (1) 5-6 16, Triston Ortiz 1 0-0 2, Caleb Ogg 3 0-0 6, Easton Paxton 0 0-0 0, Eion Meyers 2 (1) 3-4 10, Caleb Richmond 1 0-1 2, Bo Patterson 0 0-0. Totals 15 (5) 11-18 56.
Staff writer Craig Blumenshine contributed to this story