Jan 9, 2013 - By Bruce Tippets, Sports EditorKiley Ridgway hit the go-ahead bucket on a baseline jump shot for the Riverton High School girls basketball team, then blocked away a putback attempt by Lander Valley High School's Cherikie Tillman to give Riverton a heart-stopping 49-48 victory Tuesday night in Lander.
LVHS had the opportunity to win the game with one final possession, but Shanda Post's jumper didn't drop.
The win put the Wolverines at 3-10 on the season. LVHS is now 4-7.
"Our defensive effort at the other end was the most impressive thing," RHS coach Ron Porter said. "I know if we would not have scored some people would have questioned not calling a timeout. I wanted to see how those sophomores handled the situation. We came down and put the ball down low. It was a team win. I'm just happy for all of them."
LVHS outscored RHS 19-16 in the final quarter.
"We got ourselves behind, and then we made a real nice comeback," LVHS coach Spike Robinson said. "We just couldn't hold on at the end. We stopped scoring. We never scored a basket in the last three and a half minutes. We kind of stopped shooting instead of putting our foot on the throttle.
The one-point win completed the season sweep for Riverton over LVHS.
"Riverton did a nice job and gave themselves a chance to win," Robinson said. "We had a great shot at the end. We couldn't ask for a better shot than that.
Porter couldn't have been happier for his seniors on the roster.
"Any win for us is big because we have struggled," Porter said. "Lander does a lot of good things."
RHS downed Lander 50-42 on Nov. 30 at Wolverine Gym for its last win before Tuesday night.
RHS girls 49, LVHS 48
Post opened the game with a 3-pointer for a quick start for the home squad. The first quarter turned out to be a back-and-forth period.
The Wolverines took a 14-12 lead on a pair of free throws from Savannah Salisbury at the end of the quarter.
In the second quarter, RHS tried to keep the Tigers at a slow pace. The plan worked for the Wolverines, as Ridgway put RHS up 19-18 with two minutes left in the half. The Wolverines went into the break with a 21-18 lead.
In the third quarter, LVHS started out with a zone defense. Lander's Kaylynn Cox-Mantlo picked up her third foul early in the period. Cox-Mantlo was called for her fourth foul on a pushing call at the 6:48 mark, sending her to the bench. Riverton's Annie Phister gave RHS a 25-18 lead with six minutes left in the quarter as Robinson called a timeout.
Lander's Keesha Rowan drilled a 3-pointer at 27-21 to put LVHS on the scoreboard in the third period. Rowan kept the Tigers in the game with another 3-pointer to pull within 31-25.
The pace picked up in the fourth quarter for the Tigers when they put on the full-court press, and Rowan kept on scoring.
Cox-Mantlo fouled out of the contest after coming in early in the fourth period with 4:28 left. LVHS had a 46-39 lead on a Deja Jones field goal.
Behind the play of Ridgway, the Wolverines tied it at 47-47 with a pair of free throws to set the stage for the tense last minute of play. The 5-11 Riverton sophomore had 12 points in the quarter and 24 for the game. Sophomore guard Camey Fegler had 14 for RHS.
Tillman hit one free throw with 38 seconds left for a 48-47 lead before Ridgway hit her basket for the victory. Post registered 18 points and Rowan 15 in the loss.
Riverton 49, Lander 48
LVHS 12 6 11 19 -- 49
RHS 14 7 12 16 -- 48
Lander -- Shanda Post 4 (1) 4-5 18, Kaylynn Cox-Mantlo 4 0-0 8, Drew DeKing 0 0-2 0, Keesha Rowan 4 (2) 1-1 15, Deja Jones 1 4-9 5, Cherikie Tillman 1 2-4 4. Totals 14 (2) 11-21 48.
Riverton -- Savannah Salisbury 1 2-2 4, Jensyn Pettit 1 0-0 2, Bree Olson 0 1-2 1, Kiley Ridgway 9 6-7 24, Annie Phister 1 0-0 2. Taylor Harris 1 0-0 2; Camey Fegler 7 0-1 14. Totals 20 9-14 49.
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