Riverton girls drop triple-OT heartbreaker to KW

Jan 27, 2013 By Craig Blumenshine, Staff Writer

The visitors hit desperation 3-pointers at the end of regulation and the first overtime.

Two desperation 3-point shots, one a dramatic buzzer-beater, allowed the Casper Kelly Walsh Lady Trojans to overcome a six-point deficit in the fourth quarter and an eight-point deficit in the second overtime to down the Riverton Lady Wolverines 51-48 in three overtimes Saturday evening in Wolverine Gym.

The stunning comeback win was the third conference victory for Kelly Walsh and leaves Riverton (3-14, 0-3 4-A West) still winless in conference play.

"My mind is a blur. In 31 years of doing this, I have never seen so many ebbs and flows, so many big shots and big rebounds," Kelly Walsh head coach Pat Scissons said.

It was a heartbreaking loss for Riverton even though the team is getting closer and closer to getting back in the conference win column -- something that has eluded the Lady Wolverines for the past four seasons.

"This one really hurts. Our players hurt, and our coaches hurt but we will get there," RHS coach Ron Porter said.

The Wolverines led 23-17 to start the fourth quarter, but Kelly Walsh scored eight consecutive points before Jensyn Pettit grabbed an offensive rebound and scored to knot the score at 25 with 3:33 left to play. Savannah Salisbury and Bree Olson each hit one of two free throws to put Riverton up by three at 33-30 in the final minute, but KW's Emily Erdahl drilled a long 3-point shot with nine seconds remaining to force the game into overtime.

Kelly Walsh scored first in the extra frame, but Kiley Ridgway, who led all scores in the game with 19, grabbed Salisbury's pass from the left side and exploded through a triple-team interior defense to keep Riverton's hopes alive with a bucket in traffic. After one OT, the score was 35-35.

The second overtime was all Lady Wolverines until the final minute. Buckets by Olson and Ridgway, two Salisbury steals and a Salisbury field goal gave Riverton what seemed to be an insurmountable lead at 43-35 with a minute to play.

But two turnovers, an inability to convert free throws and another dramatic 3-point half-court bomb by Erdahl at the buzzer pushed the game into a third overtime with the score tied 43-43.

Salisbury gave Riverton its final lead at 45-43 before Lady Trojan Bailee Watt drilled a 3-point shot, her only points of the game. Taylor Harris drove the baseline from the left side and scored with 31 seconds remaining to pull Riverton back within one at 49-48, but KW made two more free throws. Salisbury's good look from the top of the key wouldn't fall ,and the Lady Lady Trojans had the three-point win.

Riverton must now turn around for a Tuesday game against Evanston in Wolverine Gym. Game time is set for 4:30 p.m.

"They played their hearts out, but they will remember how this felt. That is what we can take from this. Besides Natrona, with the other five teams it will be a dogfight in our conference," Porter said.

Kelly Walsh5 6 6 163 8 8 -- 51

Riverton 7 511 10 2 8 5 -- 48

Riverton (48) -- Kaitlyn Wells 0 0-0 0, Bree Olson 1 1-2 5, Kiley Ridgway 6 7-11 19, Camey Fegler 2 2-2 6, Annie Phister 0 0-0 0, Savannah Salisbury 2 1-6 5, Jensyn Pettit 2 2-2 6, Maci Evans 0 0-0 (1) 3, Taylor Harris 1 3-6 5, Rachel Rapp 0 0-0 0, Celia Logan 0 1-2 1. Totals 14 17-32 (1) 48.

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