Nov 30, 2012 - By Craig Blumenshine, Staff WriterSophomore KileyR00;Ridgway had 20 and senior Amy Woodward 13 to lead RHS.
The Riverton Lady Wolverines put together a strong fourth quarter to explode past the Worland Lady Warriors 55-41 in their season opening game Thursday night in Wolverine Gym.
The win was the first home win for Ron Porter since he returned to being a head coach for the Lady Wolverines last season. He is a former RHS boys coach as well.
Sophomore Kiley Ridgway, with a strong inside presence, came off the bench to lead all scorers with 20 points, and senior Amy Woodward added 13 to pace the Lady Wolverines.
Up next for Riverton is a Friday night home battle with the Lander Lady Tigers. The game, set for a 6 p.m. start, is part of a pre-season mini tournament. Riverton will play two more home games Saturday against Lyman at 9 a.m. and Douglas at 3 p.m. Because the games are part of a tournament, there will be a $3 admission fee each day Friday and Saturday, good for all tournament games that day.
The Wolverines had three turnovers in their first four possessions, but then settled in and improved their on-court presence Thursday.
"We were jacked up a bit too much in the beginning. We'll need to curtail that a little bit, but I was proud of our balanced and unselfish attack," Porter said.
Eight Lady Wolverines contributed to the scoring effort Thursday, as the team experimented with different players in its lineup at different times in the intra-conference game.
"There may be different combos on the court for us all year," Porter said.
The win is a good start for a team that won just one game -- on the road in Buffalo against Cody -- last season.
"We were stunned a bit. Our kids didn't know what to to. I was happy they got a win on their home court," an elated Porter said after his team's win.
The Wolverines were down 30-29 at the half but outscored Worland 19-6 in the final quarter and made free throws down the stretch to preserve the win.
"We turned it up defensibly, and we responded in the fourth quarter at both ends," Porter said.
Sophomore Savannah Salisbury added eight points for Riverton including a key second quarter 3-pointer to pull Riverton to within one at 27-26 and sophomore Camey Fegler came off the bench and added five points to give the Lady Wolverines a lift at the point guard position.
Kasey Keller scored 15 to lead Worland.
Worland 14 16 5 6 -- 41
Riverton 11 18 7 19 -- 55
Riverton -- Kaitlyn Wells 1 0-0 2, Bree Olson 0 2-2 2, Annie Phister 1 1-2 3, Amy Woodward 6 1-2 13, Celia Logan 0 0-0 0, Savannah Salisbury 2 3-4 (1) 8, Jensyn Pettit 0 0-0 0, Maci Evans 0 0-0 0, Kiley Ridgway 9 2-5 20, Camey Fegler 1 3-6 5, Rachel Rapp 1 0-0 2. Total 21 6-12 (1) 55.
Worland -- Vanessa Caballero 2 (1) 2-4 9, Phoenix Montoya 2 0-0 2, Shayna soderstrom 0 2-2 2, Kasey Keller 5 (1) 2-4 15, Carly Cottrell 1 0-0 2, Sarah Schroefel 1 (1) 0-0 5, Haley Lopez 3 0-0 6. Totals 13 (3) 6-10 41.
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