Feb 15, 2012 - By Craig Blumenshine Staff WriterA schedule change will have the Riverton boys and girls basketball teams traveling a day early this week to Casper Natrona and then having a day back on the practice court before returning to Wolverine Gym Saturday to host Casper Kelly Walsh.
For the RHS boys, both Class 4-A West conference games are big by all standards. Riverton will continue to work to lock down the second regional seed and thus avoid having to play their way into the state tournament, according to Wolverine coach Dick Quayle.
"These games are huge for us. If we can beat Natrona, we'll have a winning record on the road in conference," Quayle said.
Natrona, the state's worst shooting team, beat Riverton in Wolverine Gym 50-48 on a late-game rebound and score after the Wolverines had led almost the entire game.
Riverton (14-4, 3-3 4-A West) is a half-game behind Natrona (8-12, 4-3 Class 4-A West) and Kelly Walsh (7-12, 4-3 4-A West) in conference standings. Evanston has all but locked up the conference title with a perfect 7-0 record with three games to play.
Thursday's varsity games on Jerry Dalton Court at Natrona begin at 6 p.m. for the Lady Wolverines. The varsity boys will follow at 7:30 p.m.
The boys game will feature two of the top five scores in the Class 4-A West. Xavier Webb is the third-ranked conference scorer at 13.8 points per game (Webb currently has scored 450 points in his career) and NC's Corey Peck, the league's fifth-ranked scorer at 12.8 points per game.
Webb was slowed this week in practice with a sore ankle, but he should be ready to go for both upcoming games according to Quayle.
As a team, Riverton survived Tuesday's annual benefit dodgeball games at Riverton High School.
"They were under orders not to get hurt," Quayle said.
Saturday's home games start at 1:30 p.m. for the varsity girls. The varsity boys are scheduled to tip off at 3 p.m. There is no admission charge at Wolverine Gym.
The Lady Wolverines (1-19, 0-6 4-A West) will try to improve their start earlier this season against the Natrona Fillies when they were leading in the second quarter before falling hard 70-35. Natrona (18-0, 7-0 4-A West) leads the state in shooting percentage, team defense and rebounding. Only Gillette (64.8 points per game) scores more than Natrona (60.6 ppg) while Riverton averages just over 25 ppg.
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