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Wolverine boys now 15-1 after Thursday road win over NCHS
Jan 25, 2013 - By Craig Blumenshine, Staff Writer
On the road Thursday night at Casper Natrona, the Riverton Wolverines won their 15th game of the year 55-42 over the Mustangs (5-9 overall, 1-2 Class 4-A West) despite being down five points at halftime.
The win was the second Class 4-A conference win with no league losses for RHS (15-1 overall) and sets up a return to Wolverine Gym Saturday for a 6 p.m. tipoff against Casper Kelly Walsh (7-8 overall, 1-1 Class 4A). The Trojans will come to Riverton after a road game at Rock Springs Friday night.
Riverton outscored Natrona 27-15 in the second half and were paced by Xavier Webb, who led all scorers with 23 points. He was the only Wolverine in double figures.
"Xavier shot the ball exceedingly well. It was pretty impressive," Riverton head coach Dick Quayle said.
But it was Riverton's ability to work the ball inside in the half-court game after the first quarter that was the difference Thursday.
"Their zone really caught us off guard in the first half. We talked about it and looked at it on film, but when we went out and played against it we were bad. We finally got going a little bit, but unfortunately we were down by 10 or 12 points," Quayle said.
Riverton's inside players -- Seth Quayle, Jordan Belville and Michael Johnston -- did a better job of asking for the ball, and the Wolverine guards did a better job of looking inside as the game went on.
"It was a physical game and they are going to be athletic. They have 2,000 kids in their school, so they are going to have some athletes. They are well coached and play good defense. Anytime you win on the road, it's good," Dick Quayle said.
Riverton 6 14 13 22 -- 55
Casper Natrona 15 10 5 12 -- 42
Brandon Fullerton 0 0-0 0, Kade Salisbury 3 2-4 8, Chris Quayle 0 0-0 (1) 3, Xavier Webb 5 4-5 (3) 23, Michael Johnston 1 0-0 2, Coley Nicholls 0 6-8 6, Jordan Belville 3 1-2 7, Seth Quayle 2 2-2 6, Wyatt Meyer 0 0-0 0. Totals 14 15-21 (4) 55.