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RHS to Powell in hardwood doubleheader
Jan 11, 2013 - By Craig Blumenshine, Staff Writer
It's the last weekend of non-conference play for the Wolverines.
With one last weekend of non-conference play and snowy travel ahead, both the Riverton High School boys (12-1) and girls (3-10) basketball teams travel to Class 3-A Powell Saturday for their final tuneups before Class 4-A West conference play begins next week.
It will be the first action for Riverton in Powell High School's new gymnasium.
The Wolverine boys are coming off a lackluster 49-45 win over Lander on Tuesday after a solid three-game sweep that included strong wins over Class 4-A Laramie and Sheridan during last weekend Bill Strannigan East-West Challenge.
After the Lander game, Riverton's head coach Dick Quayle said he realized his boys team has to find a way to become more consistent, limit turnovers and ineffective offensive possessions, and play with more intensity.
"I think that we need to start playing with a little more sense of urgency and really start to get after people. That is the only way we will get better. I think it has to come from the kids," Quayle said.
Xavier Webb continues to lead Riverton in scoring with 19.3 points per game. Seth Quayle leads the team and all Wyoming in rebounds with 127 (9.7 per game) and blocked shots with 41 (3.1 per game). Jordan Belville leads Riverton with his 67-percent field goal percentage, also the best in the state.
Senior point guard Kade Salisbury is the team leader in assists with 69 (5.3 per game). He has committed 54 turnovers.
In team stats, the Riverton boys are second in Wyoming in scoring, averaging 63.2 points per game, second in team defense giving up 48.9 points per game, and lead the state in shooting percentage (49 percent) and rebounding (33.2 per game).
Lady Wolverine Coach Ron Porter's task will be to build on Riverton's exciting, come-from-behind, 49-48 win over Lander on Tuesday. It was Riverton's second win of the year over its cross-county rival.
The Lady Wolverines will play without point-guard Camey Fegler, who will miss Saturday's game for family reasons.
"We miss Camey but it will be an opportunity for others to step up. It will affect our rotations," Porter said.
Up-to-date statewide stats for the Lady Wolverines were not available at press time.
Porter said he would try to scout Powell in Cody on Friday evening and try to get a feel for the Lady Panthers' style of play.
The Lady Wolverines are scheduled to tip off at 2:30 p.m. on Saturday, and the boys varsity game is set for 4 p.m.
Statewide Class 4-A
5. Casper Kelly Walsh
4-A East Boys
1. Gillette 9-2
2. Laramie 8-2
3. Cheyenne Central 5-4.
4. Cheyenne South 6-5
5. Sheridan 5-5
6. Cheyenne East 3-8.
4-A West Boys
1. Riverton 12-1
2. Evanston 6-4
3. Casper Kelly Walsh 5-6
4. Green River 4-7
5. Rock Springs 4-7
6. Natrona 3-7.
4-A girls rankings
2. (tie) Cheyenne East
3. (tie) Gillette
4. Casper Natrona
4-A East Girls
1. Sheridan 10-0
2. Cheyenne East 10-1
3. Gillette 8-2
3. Laramie 8-2
4. Cheyenne Central 7-4
5. Cheyenne South 3-8.
4-A West Girls
1. Natrona 8-2
2. Rock Springs 5-6
3. Green River 3-9
4. Evanston 2-9
5. Riverton 3-10
6. Casper Kelly Walsh 0-11