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Riverton girls spot Evanston a big lead, eventually fall 32-29
Jan 30, 2013 - By Craig Blumenshine, Staff Writer
The Riverton Lady Wolverines outscored the Evanston Lady Red Devils 29-21 over the last three quarters Tuesday evening in Wolverine Gym. But a slow start again proved to be their achilles heel as they were outscored 11-0 in the first quarter and ultimately fell to Evanston 32-29 to remain winless in Class 4-A West conference play.
Sophomore guard Camey Fegler led all scorers with 14 points, and Kiley Ridgway added nine for the Lady Wolverines, who will work to get in the conference win column this Friday night when they travel to Green River to take on the Lady Wolves.
Riverton (3-15 overall, 0-4 4-A West) had trouble with the Evanston press early, and turnovers ultimately proved too costly.
"We ran a new press breaker and looked like we were out of synch when we didn't run it through. We had defensive lapses in the first quarter, and we dug ourselves an awful hole, but we did battle back," RHS head coach Ron Porter said.
The Wolverines switched to a zone defense in the second quarter which proved to be effective as RHS got back into the game.
Porter praised the play of Fegler, who was also credited with four steals, and the offensive rebounding of Jensyn Pettit.
"Kiley (Ridgway) also did a nice job on the boards. We are young and inexperienced at the varsity level and it shows sometimes," Porter said.
Riverton was forced to play without Savannah Salisbury, who suffered from a migraine headache during the junior varsity came earlier Tuesday afternoon. Evanston's leading score,r McKensi Herold, was held to 11 points and was primarily guarded by Bree Olson when Riverton was in a man-to-man defense. It was Olson's basket with 19 seconds left that pulled Riverton to within three at 32-29.
"Bree played great defense and worked her tail off," Porter said.
Evanston 11 5 10 6 -- 32
Riverton 0 11 9 9 -- 29
Riverton (29) -- Jensyn Pettit 2 0-0 4, Bree Olson 1 0-2 2, Kiley Ridgway 3 3-4 9, Camey Fegler 2 4-5 (2) 14, Maci Evans 0 0-0 0, Annie Phister 0 0-0 0, Taylor Harris 0 0-0 0, Rachel Rapp 0 0-0 0, Celia Logan 0 0-0 0. Totals 8 7-11 (2) 29.