Mar 14, 2014 - By Craig Blumenshine, Staff WriterCASPER -- The Riverton Lady Wolverines fell behind early, fought back to take a third-quarter lead, but couldn't hang on and lost Friday morning to the Cheyenne Central Lady Indians in consolation play at the Class 4-A state basketball tournament in Casper.
The 55-48 loss for Riverton ends a solid season which saw the team qualify for the state tournament for the first time since 2003. Riverton's final record was 13-15. The Lady Wolverines lose just one senior player, Maci Evans.
"I thought we made some adjustments at halftime and mixed up our defenses, and that got us back in the game," Riverton head coach Ron Porter said.
Riverton was led in scoring by juniors Kiley Ridgway and Savannah Salisbury who scored 19 and 15 points, respectively. Junior Camey Fegler added eight in the game that was played at the Casper Events Center.
Down by 10 in the second quarter and by six at the half, Evans started Riverton's third quarter run with a 3-point shot that pulled Riverton closer at 28-25. Salisbury followed with two free throws and a trey, and Ridgway's power move and goal tied the game at 32-32 at the 3:00 mark. Salisbury's drive down the middle and bucket gave Riverton the lead at 34-32, but Cheyenne's girls responded with two of their seven 3-point shots at the end of the quarter. Riverton could not get back in the game.
"Our kids were tired, and I didn't do a very good job substituting," Porter said.
Riverton, the No. 3 seed from the 4-A West, fell to a strong Sheridan squad, No. 2 from the East, 51-38 Thursday. Central, the No. 4 seed from the East, lost to Natrona, the No. 1 seed from the West, 68-22 Thursday afternoon.
"Our kids were able to experience something that is invaluable down the road. Our job is to build and help them become valuable young ladies that every community would be proud of. We've got great kids at Riverton High School, but this is not how we wanted to finish," Porter said.
Besides Evans, Riverton also says goodbye to four-year manager Rachel Murray.
"Maci is a young lady who knows the game as well as anybody and has a passion for the game. We tried to give her one more game. Rachel's contributions have been invaluable. She does so much behind the scenes and has been very, very loyal," Porter said.
Cheyenne Central will advance to play the winner of the Rock Springs vs. Kelly Walsh game in Saturday's consolation final.
In late state semifinal games Friday night, Sheridan battles Natrona, and Cheyenne East takes on Gillette.
Cheyenne 12 16 12 15 -- 55
Riverton 6 16 16 10 -- 48
Cheyenne (55) -- Makayle McBride 2 0-0 4, Abby Ferneyhough 0 0-0 0, Sarah Carver 0 0-0 0, Emily Evans 2 (2) 2-4 12, Tristan Tyrell 0 0-0 0, Erin McIntyre 0 (3) 2-2 11, Sophie Seely 6 3-4 15, Madi Barber 0 0-0 0, Ayle Wagner 0 0-0 0, Kyra Marlatt 0 0-0 0, Madison Stumpf 3 (2) 1-2 13. Totals 13 (7) 8-12 55.
Riverton (48) -- Savannah Salisbury 3 (3) 0-0 15, Megan Doyle 0 0-0 0, Jensyn Pettit 1 1-2 3, Maci Evans 0 (1) 0-0 3, Kiley Ridgway 5 9-11 19, Camey Fegler 2 4-4 8, Cara Carper 0 0-0 0, Deni Lou Nicholls 0 0-0 0, Kenisha Muehler 0 0-0 0, Jacee Shultz 0 0-0 0, Hannah Hauck 0 0-0 0. Totals 11 (4) 14-17 48.
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