Jan 20, 2013 - By Craig Blumenshine, Staff WriterThe Riverton Wolverines continued their successful season with a 71-57 win on the road Saturday in Rock Springs.
It was the first Class 4-A West game for both teams, and the win pushed the second-ranked Wolverines to 14-1 on the season.
"We were happy to get the win, that's for sure," RHS head boys coach Dick Quayle said.
Riverton was playing without one of its top players Saturday. Senior inside force Jordan Belville, the state's top field goal percentage shooter, could not make the trip because of illness. Seniors Coley Nicholls and Seth Quayle played but also were feeling the effects of being under the weather, according to Dick Quayle.
"Michael Johnston stepped up and filled Jordan's shoes, which was nice to see," Quayle said.
Riverton started slow, substituting more frequently to keep fresh players on the court.
"It was hard today. We were running bodies in and out, and we were confused early, but I thought in the second half we played solid defense and got the lead. As sick as we were and for playing as many young kids as we did, we played really well today," Quayle said.
Seniors Wyatt Meyer and Johnston and sophomores Anthony Condie, Brandon Fullerton and Chris Quayle all saw more playing time than usual Saturday.
Especially in the second half, the Wolverines were the beneficiary of an undisciplined Rock Springs team which was whistled for three technical fouls that gave Riverton six free throws and three possessions.
"They just complained a lot. It was obviously to our benefit," Quayle said.
Xavier Webb led all scorers with 24 points. Kade Salisbury added 14, and Seth Quayle put in 10.
The Wolverines have what coach Quayle calls the most important week of his team's season starting Thursday, when Riverton travels to Casper Natrona. Saturday, the Wolverines host Kelly Walsh and then the following Tuesday, Jan. 29, Evanston will make a rare Tuesday evening trip to Riverton.
In past seasons, Riverton has concluded its season at home against Evanston, but school officials asked to move that game to a Tuesday because of perceived conflicts with the Class 2-A regional basketball tournament in February.
"It would be a real feather in our cap if we could get through those three games," Quayle said.
Riverton 13 21 17 20 -- 71
Rock Springs 10 21 12 13 -- 57
Riverton (71) -- Brandon Fullerton 0 0-0 (1) 3, Kade Salisbury 5 2-5 12, Anthony Condie 2 0-0 4, Chris Quayle 0 5-6 5, Xavier Webb 6 3-6 (3) 24, Michael Johnston 1 2-2 4, Coley Nicholls 1 3-3 5, Seth Quayle 5 0-1 10, Wyatt Meyers 1 0-1 2. Totals 22 15-24 (4) -- 71.
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