Dec 12, 2012 - By Craig Blumenshine, Staff WriterIt's off to the Flaming Gorge tournament in Green River for both the Riverton Wolverine boys and Lady Wolverine girls basketball teams this Thursday through Saturday.
Both junior varsity and varsity games are scheduled, three per day, for Riverton's teams.
The RHS boys (6-0) will open the tournament Thursday against Cheyenne East (1-5). The Thunderbirds have had a rocky start to their year with losses to Evanston, Casper Natrona, Casper Kelly Walsh, Thompson Valley, Colo., and Skyview, Utah. Their lone win of the early season came against Grand Junction, Colo.
But East is a team that coach Dick Quayle and his Wolverines remember well from last year. The Thunderbirds knocked Riverton out of the state tournament 61-48 to take the consolation title.
Friday, the second-ranked RHS varsity boys will have their toughest test yet when they match up against Gillette (3-1). Last week in their own tournament, the top-ranked Camels registered easy wins against Kelly Walsh and Rock Springs, but lost to the top ranked Class B team in Nebraska, Scottsbluff, 70-65.
The Camels and the Wolverines are Wyoming's top-scoring Class 4-A teams averaging 74 and 69 points per game. Defensively, Riverton gives up fewer points per game, 42, compared to Gillette's 52.
The Wolverines will conclude tournament play Saturday with a game against Union, Utah.
Coach Quayle said that his team lobbied to play tougher competition at this year's Flaming Gorge Tournament.
Head coach Ron Porter and his varsity Lady Wolverines (2-4) will start the tournament off with a Thursday game against the defending Class 4-A state champion Laramie Lady Plainsmen (2-2), then will play Class 2-A Kemmerer (2-1) Friday. Riverton concludes it tournament Saturday with a game against Rich County, Utah.
"Laramie has a good combination in Katie Kuhn and Madison Legerski. They are not a bad team," Porter said. "If we can get out of the gates better, we can maybe sneak one out. We need to continue to take steps in the right direction and finish maybe a little stronger than we have."
Sophomore Kiley Ridgway will attempt to keep her early season success going. In statewide stats, Ridgway is currently second in scoring, averaging just under 18 points per game, and she is tied for second in rebounding, pulling down an average of 11 boards per game.
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