Jan 4, 2013 - By Craig Blumenshine, Staff WriterPoor shooting and turnovers continued to plague the Riverton Lady Wolverines basketball team Thursday night. RHS dropped its first game in the Bill Strannigan East-West Challenge 39-27 to the Class 2-A Thermopolis Lady Bobcats in Wolverine Gym.
In other first-day girls varsity games played at Central Wyoming College and Riverton Middle School, the East dominated the West. Top ranked Sheridan blitzed Casper Kelly Walsh 47-26 and fifth-ranked Laramie dropped Evanston 44-28.
The Lady Wolverines will continue play Friday against Laramie in Wolverine Gym. Earlier this year, Laramie topped Riverton 77-49 after jumping out to an early 18-1 lead. Friday's game is set for 5:30 p.m.
RHS will conclude the three-day tournament Saturday with a noon game in Wolverine Gym against Sheridan.
Thursday's game saw Riverton connect on just 28 percent of its field goal attempts. RHS only shot 1-7 from the charity stripe while committing 25 turnovers.
"Until we can put the ball in the basket, we'll have our difficulties. We lost condition over Christmas, and that was noticeable," Lady Wolverine head coach Ron Porter said.
Kiley Ridgway was Riverton's leading scorer with six points. Savannah Salisbury and Camey Fegler each added five.
Riverton trailed by just three at the half (22-19), but Thermopolis outscored the Lady Wolverines 17-8 in the second half to get the win.
"I think there are moments where we played OK. I really believe we should be a much better defensive team, and our kids do too," Porter said.
Thermopolis 14 8 9 8 -- 39
Riverton 7 12 4 4 -- 27
Thermopolis -- Sierra Schmidt 2 2-3 6, Haylee Hoffman 4 0-0 8, Jordan Leyba 2 0-0 (1) 7, Dana Bjorhus 2 4-4 (1) 11, Desi Rangel 2 3-3- 7, Bailey Fisher 0 0-1 0, Julie Blakesley 0 0-0 0, Christina Porath 0 0-0 0. Totals 12 9-11 (2) 39.
Riverton -- Kaitlyn Wells 0 0-0 0, Bree Olson 1 0-2 2, Kiley Ridgway 3 0-2 6, Annie Phister 1 0-0 2, Celia Logan 0 0-0 0, Savannah Salisbury 1 0-0 (1) 5, Shianna Littleshield 0 0-0 0, Jensyn Pettit 2 0-0 0, Maci Evans 0 0-0 (1) 3, Camey Fegler 2 1-2 5, Taylor Harris 0 0-0 0, Rachel Rapp 0 0-0 0. Totals 10 1-6 (2) 27.
Friday and Saturday games
in the East - West Bill Strannigan Challenge
5:30 p.m. -- Riverton girls vs. Laramie girls (Wolverine Gym), Thermopolis girls vs. Kelly Walsh girls (CWC), Sheridan birls vs. Evanston girls (RMS).
7 p.m. -- Riverton boys vs. Laramie boys (Wolverine Gym), Thermopolis boys vs. Kelly Walsh boys (CWC), Sheridan boys vs. Evanston boys (RMS).
Noon -- Riverton girls vs. Sheridan girls (Wolverine Gym), Thermopolis girls vs. Evanston girls (CWC), Kelly Walsh girls vs. Laramie girls (RMS).
1:30 p.m. -- Riverton boys vs. Sheridan boys (Wolverine Gym), Thermopolis boys vs. Evanston boys(CWC), Kelly Walsh boys vs. Laramie boys (RMS).
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