Jan 27, 2013 - By Craig Blumenshine, Staff WriterThe Riverton Wolverines suffered their first conference loss of the season and only their second loss overall to a scrappy Kelly Walsh Trojan team in a low-scoring 37-32 game Saturday evening in Wolverine Gym.
Riverton (15-2, 2-1 Class 4-A West) was ice cold from the field and shot just 25 percent for the floor despite getting many good looks at the basket. Riverton shot an abysmal 0-13 from 3-point land and 11-43 overall in a game delayed by more than an hour by the triple-overtime Riverton-KW girls game that preceded it.
Seth Quayle led Riverton with 11 points.
"This was a big conference win for us. They have so much spurtability, and we haven't been playing with a lot of confidence," Kelly Walsh head coach Randy Roden said.
Although Riverton had a 19-17 halftime lead, KW outscored Riverton 12-5 in the third quarter to take the lead.
But Riverton fought back. Senior Michael Johnston got a big defensive stop with 2:15 left in the game, and Jordan Belville grabbed an offensive rebound and putback on the Wolverines' next possession to tie the score at 32-32 with exactly 2:00 left to play.
"I thought it was a great effort in the fourth quarter to be down seven and fight back to tie it up," RHS head coach Dick Quayle said.
Trailing by two with 15 seconds left, Seth Quayle drove to his left, pivoted and banked what seemed to be a beautiful, tying bucket -- but an offensive foul was whistled. Riverton could not get close again.
"You never know about calls at the end, but I thought the kid flopped, I really do. He sold it, and that's the way it goes," Dick Quayle said.
Riverton will now play a rare Tuesday night conference game at home in Wolverine Gym against the Evanston Red Devils. Tipoff is at 6 p.m.
"I felt we were lacking offensive energy and we got good looks at the basket," Dick Quayle said.
K.W. 7 10 12 8 -- 37
Riverton 9 10 5 8 -- 32
Riverton (32) - Kade Salisbury 1 4-4 6, Xavier Webb 1 3-3 5, Coley Nicholls 1 0-0 2, Jordan Belville 3 0-1 6, Seth Quayle 4 3-3 11, Brandon Fullerton 0 0-0 0, Anthony Condie 0 0-0 0, Michael Johnston 1 0-0 2, Myron Oldman 0 0-0 0. Totals 11 10-11 32.
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