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Wolverines hoops teams set for battle with unbeaten Buffalo and Sheridan
Dec 6, 2012 - By Craig Blumenshine, Staff Writer
It's on the road for the rest of the calendar year and beyond for the Riverton Wolverines boys and girls basketball teams.
Both the boys and girls will battle against Class 3-A Buffalo on Friday, then both teams will get their first taste of Class 4-A competition Saturday when the Wolverine activities bus will make its way to Sheridan.
Both sets of games are non-conference games for the Wolverines and Lady Wolverines.
"It's been a long, long time, if ever, that Riverton and Buffalo have matched up in basketball," Lady Wolverine head coach Ron Porter said.
Porter expects Buffalo (3-0) to place a solid team on the court against the Lady Wolverines (2-2). In their first week of play, the Buffalo girls registered wins against Pinedale, Jackson and Cody. Sheridan's girl's team (2-0) dominated Green River and Billings West in their opening-week games.
"They'll (Buffalo) get out and try to pressure people, it will be a challenge. Sheridan, I think, is as good as anyone in the state, and they will be for several years," Porter said.
The Lady Wolverines received some bad news this week after senior Amy Woodward's knee injury, suffered early in Riverton's second game of the season against Lander, was evaluated with an MRI test.
"I think she is done (for the season). It is really unfortunate because she provides so much on and off the floor for us, and I think she is a young lady that really enjoys the game of basketball. She had a promising season ahead of her. It is extremely difficult for her, the team and the coaching staff. I know that she will continue to play a big role for the Wolverines," Porter said.
The Buffalo boys also are perfect in early season play. The Bison (3-0) registered convincing wins over Jackson, Pinedale and Cody. The Sheridan boys (1-1) blew out Green River but were thumped by BIllings West in their first games this season.
The Wolverines (4-0) currently have Class 4-A leaders in all major statistical categories after the first week of play.
Seniors Xavier Webb leads all Wyoming Class 4-A scorers, averaging 22 points per game, Seth Quayle is the state's leading rebounder averaging 12 boards per game and Kade Salisbury leads Wyoming in assists per game (7) and steals per game (5).
"We've worked on getting the kids in shape. We were pretty sore and tired after the weekend," Wolverine head coach Dick Quayle said.
Riverton will work to get the ball inside more, according to Quayle, and spent time this week working "on the timing of plays."
Friday's game times at Buffalo are set for 6 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. for girls and boys varsity games and Saturday's matchups in Sheridan tip off at 2 p.m. for the girls and 3:30 pm. for the boys.
After this weekend's games, both the boys and girls teams will travel to Green River next Thursday for the annual Flaming Gorge basketball tournament.