Feb 8, 2013 - By Craig Blumenshine, Staff WriterRiverton tops the West 4-A conference with a 4-1 record.
Although the team was displaced for its Thursday afternoon practice because of the fire in an overheated dryer in the athletic department earlier in the day, the Riverton High School boys basketball team will be back in Wolverine Gym Saturday afternoon for a 2:30 p.m. tipoff against the Rock Springs Tigers.
Saturday's game marks the start of the second round of Class 4-A West play for Riverton (17-2, 4-1 Class 4-A West) which sits on top of conference standings with a tie-breaker advantage over second place Evanston (4-1).
Rock Springs (7-11, 2-3 4-A West) comes into the game tied for fourth place with Casper Natrona (2-3) in conference standings behind Riverton, Evanston and Casper Kelly Walsh (3-2). Green River is 0-5 in conference play.
Saturday afternoon's game will be senior recognition day for Riverton. The Wolverines will recognize Seth Quayle, Xavier Webb, Kade Salisbury, Coley Nicholls, Wyatt Meyer and Michael Johnston.
Riverton has been dogged a bit in its last two weeks of play with several players affected by flu, but the Wolverines now seem to be as healthy as they have been for quite some time, according to RHS head coach Dick Quayle.
And, as has been the case since the season started before Christmas, Quayle thinks improved defense and limiting turnovers will be key to his team reaching its goals of being a state contender.
"We are trying to play better defense all the time, and hopefully we'll run some better sets when we have the ball and focus on not turning the ball over. We need to get shots on every possession," Quayle said, adding that he is pleased with how his team has limited turnovers in its last two games.
Saturday's game could be decided on which team does a better job underneath the basket. Riverton and Rock Springs have four of the conferences top five rebounders. Seth Quayle currently leads the state in rebounding, pulling down 10.1 boards per game but Zach Legerski of Rock Springs is the state's second-best rebounder with 9.1 per game. RHS point guard Kade Salisbury is the 4-A West's fourth ranked rebounder with 7.0 per game and Rock Springs's Jordon Rood is next with 6.7 per contest.
In addition to being senior day, Riverton will wear blue uniforms to increase awareness for prostrate cancer research and treatment.
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