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Wolverine girls set for Thursday opener vs. Worland

Nov 28, 2012 - By Craig Blumenshine, Staff Writer

The Riverton Lady Wolverines will hit the court for their first basketball game of the season Thursday when they tip off at 6 p.m. against the Worland Lady Warriors at Wolverine Gym.

Head coach Ron Porter enters his second season. He'll lead his team through four games in three days to start the year.

The Lady Wolverines host cross-county rival Lander on Friday, then play two games Saturday at the varsity level against Lyman at 9 a.m. and Douglas at 3 p.m.

There will be a $3 per day charge for Friday and Saturday games. Thursday's game is free.

"We're still pretty young. We have just two kids, Bree Olson and Amy Woodward, that have varsity experience. We have an opportunity to develop depth, which I think will improve our practice situation," Porter said.

Olson and Woodward are both seniors and will be joined by seniors Annie Phister, Kaitlyn Wells and Celia Logan.

Riverton was winless last season in the Class 4-A West competing against Evanston, Green River, Rock Springs, Kelly Walsh and Casper Natrona but almost had the upset of the season when they led into the fourth quarter against Evanston but ultimately lost 30-27 at

the Class 4-A regional tournament in Riverton.

This year, the Lady Wolverines will look to improve during the season.

"I'm more concerned about our status and our progress. We have so many steps to take, and we are taking them," Porter said.

The Lady Wolverines had a successful summer and went to three camps. The team worked hard on fundamentals and shooting.

"Our kids put in some time. As the year progresses, we will start understanding the difference between a good shot and a poor shot," Porter said.

Riverton will look to really improve on the defensive side of the game, according to Porter.

"We have some opportunities to be a little more varied and mix it up. We've got intelligent kids. I hope we can mix things up defensively, and that is something these kids are capable of," Porter said.

Porter said that he is concerned about his team's ability to score. Shooting was a focus of off-season work for his team.

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