Mar 4, 2014 - By Craig Blumenshine, Staff WriterRiverton plays Monday's opponent, Evanston, again Thursday at the Class 4-A West regional.
Camey Fegler's drive and layup with 11 seconds remaining gave the Riverton Lady Wolverines a 30-29 win over the Evanston Lady Red Devils Monday afternoon in Wolverine Gym.
Both teams were forced to play their regular-season basketball finale Monday after Saturday's scheduled game was postponed due to weather conditions.
As far as the upcoming Class 4-A West regional tournament seeding is concerned, the game meant nothing. Riverton will play Evanston again at 4 p.m. Thursday to open the Class 4-A West regional tournament at Casper Kelly Walsh, and the winner of that contest will earn a state tournament berth. The outcome of Monday's thriller had no bearing on the regular season conference standings.
But to both the Lady Wolverines and the Lady Red Devils Monday, the game seemed like it meant everything, and both teams battled down the stretch to try and get an edge heading into postseason play.
"We didn't play very well and still snuck out with a win. We look forward to playing four good quarters Thursday, because that is what it will take," Riverton head coach Ron Porter said.
Down 28-19 as the fourth quarter started, Riverton stormed back into the game and held Evanston to just one fourth-quarter point.
Fegler, who scored 11, including Riverton's last five points, ran off a beautiful pick set by Jensyn Pettit in the paint to pull the game within one at 29-28 at the 2-minute mark.
"Camey took charge, and I thought she really showed some composure in the end at both ends," Porter said.
Both teams traded a pair of turnovers, and Fegler's game winner was made despite having her jersey pulled by an Evanston defender as she was driving to the hoop.
"I felt my jersey being pulled from my shorts," Fegler said after the win.
Kiley Ridgway netted 12 to lead all scorers. Alli Barker scored 11 for Evanston.
"We haven't been able to score all year. If you don't score a basket, it's about that simple," Evanston head coach Scott Ehlers said.
Casper Natrona finishes in first place in the Class 4-A West with a perfect 10-0 record. Three teams -- Rock Springs, Kelly Walsh and Riverton -- all finished tied for second place with a 5-5 league record.
Because of tie-breaking procedures involving multiple teams, Rock Springs, a team that Riverton beat twice during the regular season, finishes with the second seed and earns an automatic berth with Natrona to the state tournament.
Kelly Walsh earns the third seed and plays Green River, the sixth seed, in their opening game and Riverton, the fourth seed, plays No. 5 Evanston.
The Wolverines played Monday's contest without starting guard Savannah Salisbury who was suffering from a migraine headache.
"Any team that suffers a little adversity, you have to have people step up. I thought we did. I thought everyone who came off the bench contributed. I thought Kenisha Muehler really gave us a lift defensively. We're going to need everyone on board Thursday," Porter said.
Evanston 8 7 13 1 -- 29
Riverton 9 6 4 11 -- 30
Evanston (29) -- Brinae Sanders 1 2-4, 4, Ashlee Thornock 3 0-0 6, Kylie Hurd 1-2 1, C. Barton 0 0-0 0, Hailey O'Neill 1 5-8 7, Ali Barker 4 3-7 11, Sarah Frakes 0 0-0 0. totals 9 11-21 29.
Riverton (30) -- Morgan Doyle 0 0-0 0, Jensyn Pettit 0 0-0 0, Maci Evans 1 (1) 0-0 5, Kiley Ridgway 6 0-0 12, Camey Fegler 5 1-3 11, Deni Lou Nicholls 0 0-2 0, Kenisha Muehler 0 0-0 0, Jacee Shultz 1 0-0 2, Hannah Hauck 0 0-0 0. Totals 13 (1) 1-5 30.
Girls Class 4-A West Schedule
Riverton vs. Evanston, 4 p.m.
Kelly Walsh vs. Green River, 7 p.m.
Rock Springs vs. winner of Kelly Walsh vs. Green River, 4 p.m.
Casper Natrona vs. winner of Riverton vs. Evanston., 7 p.m.
Third place game, 10 a.m.
Championship game, 1 p.m.
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