Mar 13, 2014 - By Craig Blumenshine, Staff WriterStill alive for the consolation trophy, Riverton plays Cheyenne Central next.
CASPER -- Playing in their first state basketball tournament in 11 years, the Riverton Lady Wolverines fell to the Sheridan Lady Broncs 51-38 Thursday morning in Thunderbird Gym at Casper College.
Down by 13 at halftime, third-seeded Riverton fought to keep the game close against Sheridan, the No. 2 seed from the 3-A East.
Camey Fegler, who led the team in scoring with 15 points, drove hard to the hoop to open Riverton's second half, and Maci Evans hit a 3-point goal that closed Sheridan's lead to eight at the 5:49 mark.
"We're right there. Let's go! Let's go!" Riverton head coach Ron Porter said to his team as Sheridan took a timeout to stop the Lady Wolverines' run.
Riverton had a chance to close the gap even more, but free throws -- RHS missed four straight that would have closed the gap to five -- wouldn't fall. On the day, Riverton was just 2-11 from the line, while Sheridan converted 16 of 25.
"The difference was simply our shooting percentage from the free-throw line and the field," Porter said.
Riverton worked to stay in the game late. Savannah Salisbury drained a trey with 2:58 left in the game to pull Riverton within nine, but the Lady Wolverines could get no closer.
"One thing we haven't worried about all year has been our effort. They could have very easily been satisfied with just being here, and they didn't demonstrate that (complacency) at all," Porter said.
Sheridan's Robbi Ryan led all scorers Thurs-day with 20 points.
Fegler kept Riverton in the game early and scored all nine first-quarter points for the Lady Wolverines. Sheridan piled up 21 on their end, and that margin held up most of the way.
"Camey had a great game. She kept us in it and was trying to get us over the hump. Savannah also turned it up defensively," Porter said.
Riverton will now look for a state tournament win in the consolation bracket and will play Cheyenne Central game at 9 a.m. Friday at the Casper Events Center.
Central, the fourth seed from the East, was pummeled by West No. 1 Casper Natrona 68-22.
"I like the fact that our kids are disappointed, because they know we had a chance. We still have a chance to play two more," Porter said.
Riverton 9 9 9 11 -- 38
Sheridan 21 11 10 -- 51
Riverton (38) -- Cara Carper 0 0-0 0, Savannah Salisbury 2 (1) 0-0 7, Morgan Doyle 0 0-0 0, Jensyn Pettit 0 0-2 0, Maci Evans 1 (2) 0-1, Kiley Ridgeway 4 0-3 8, Camey Fegler 5 (1) 2-5 15, Deni Lou Nicholls 0 0-0 0, Kenisha Muehler 0 0-0 0, Jaycee Shultz 0 0-0 0, Hannah Hauck 0 0-0 0. Totals 12 (4) 2-11 38.
Sheridan (51) -- Dylan Wright 1 0-0 2, Megan Meyers 0 0-0 0, Kaycen Townsend 0 2-2 2, Jamy Shassetz 1 0-0 0, Emily Julian 1 2-2 4, Maddy McClure 2 4-7 8, Robbi Ryan 5 (1) 7-10 20, Jennae Fieldgrove 1 0-0 2, Molly Ligocki 0 (2) 1-2 7, Alison Geary 2 0-1 4. Totals 13 (3) 16-25 51.
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