Jan 30, 2013 - By Craig Blumenshine, Staff WriterSeth Quayle led all scores with 19 points.
With a more focused team approach, the Riverton Wolverines shook off a sub-par weekend performance to gain an important Class 4-A West home win Tuesday night with a 63-54 victory over the Evanston Red Devils.
The Wolverines (16-2, 3-1 Class 4-A West) travel to Green River Friday to complete their first round of conference games and will have a rare mid-season day off on Saturday.
On Tuesday night, it was patience on offense, and limiting turnovers, that got Riverton back on the winning track after Saturday's loss to Kelly Walsh.
The Wolverines jumped out to an early lead when Kade Salisbury got a steal, offensive rebound and an assist to Seth Quayle on essentially the same play to get on the board first.
Xavier Webb, Riverton's leading scorer on the season, rediscovered his 3-point range and drilled two first quarter triples , then added an assist to Quayle. After Salisbury had two more steals and a bucket, Jordan Belville swiped three offensive rebounds that were followed by Brandon Fullerton's two free throws. Riverton was up 14-5 after the first period.
"We really talked about effort at practice on Monday. Our kids need to push themselves more, and I thought they did tonight," RHS head coach Dick Quayle said after the game. "This was a good conference win."
Seth Quayle led all scorers with 19. Webb and Belville each scored 13 and 10 points, respectively. Salisbury added nine points, grabbed six rebounds and had four steals.
"I thought Kade did a real good job defensively, help-wise. That was the best part of his game, and he also limited his turnovers. If he takes care of the ball, we get more opportunities to score," Dick Quayle said.
Although Riverton seemed in control most of the game, Evanston cut the lead to five points with 7:24 left to play. But two Webb buckets sandwiched between a Coley Nicholls field goal gave Riverton a 10-point cushion with 5:53 left to play.
The Red Devils were able to stay in the game with some solid 3-point shooting and ended the game making more threes (9) than 2-point field goals (7).
"If there was one thing that was disappointing, it was that we didn't put them away when we had the chance. We need to be able to put these teams away," Dick Quayle said.
Evanston 5 15 17 17 -- 54
Riverton 14 15 15 19 -- 63
Evanston (54) -- Taylor Siemers 0 1-2 1, Alek Johnson 0 0-2 (1) 3, Kade Lym 1 3-3 (4) 17, Jemini Leckie 0 4-4 (3) 13, Matt Johnston 4 4-9 (1) 15, Bun Kunz 0 0-0 0, Nathan Chandler 0 0-0 0, Sam Richins 1 0-0 2, Omar Torres 0 0-0 0, Austin Bowen 0 0-0 0, Brady Purcell 1 0-0 2. Totals 7 13-22 (9) 54.
Riverton (63) -- Kade Salisbury 2 5-6 9, Xavier Webb 2 0-0 (3) 13, Coley Nicholls 1 1-1 (1) 6, Jordan Belville 5 0-1 10, Seth Quayle 9 1-3 19, Brandon Fullerton 0 2-2 2, Anthony Condie 0 0-0 0, Chris Quayle 0 2-2 2, Michael Johnston 1 0-0 2, Myron Oldman 0 0-2 0, Wyatt Meyer 0 0-0 0. Totals 10 11-17 (4) 63.
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