Feb 10, 2013 - By Steve Peck, PublisherThe Wolverines led 36-9 at halftime of the Class 4-A West conference game.
There were lots of indications Saturday afternoon that it was going to be Riverton's day against the Rock Springs Tigers.
First, sophomore Brandon Fullerton registered a rare 4-point play as the first-quarter horn sounded. Fullerton swished a long 3-pointer and was fouled, then sank the free throw after time had expired.
Second, the Wolverine defense put a vice grip on Rock Springs all day long in the process of winning 59-33 at home. At one point it was so bad that the Tigers scored just two points in the second quarter -- and those game courtesy of goal-tending call against Riverton center Seth Quayle, who kangarooed high above the rim to slap a Rock Springs shot against the backboard. The Riverton crowed hooted the call, and the basket awarded Tanner McQuillan was all the Tigers got in the period.
By then the game already was well in hand. The Tigers appeared to forget that Riverton guard Xavier Webb leads the West 4-A in scoring and left the senior marksman loose to drill three 3-pointers in the first quarter as Riverton roared to a 21-7 lead that grew to 36-9 at halftime.
Hoplessly behind as the the third quarter began, Rock Springs tried to create a sense of mayhem on the court in the third quarter, and it did back the Wolverines off a bit. But one benefit of a 25-point halftime lead is that you can be outscored by nine points in a quarter and still be far ahead.
Riverton weathered the minor storm with no difficulty and laid a 16-8 fourth quarter on the Tigers to move to 18-2 on the season and 5-1 in the Class 4-A West.
Evanston and Casper Kelly Walsh both lost over the weekend, so RHS now sits in commanding position on the conference. A first-round bye in the regional tournament next month looks sharp in Riverton's sights. The 18-2 mark is believed to be the best 20-game record in the history of Wolverine basketball.
Webb's 17 points led all scorers. Jordan Rood was tops for Rock Springs with nine.
RHS hosts Casper Natrona on Thursday. The Wolverines beat the Mustangs last month in Casper.
Riverton 59, Rock Springs 33
Rock Springs -- Jordan Rood 3 (1) 0-1 9, Lennon Spence 1 0-0 2, Sean Willmore 1 3-7 5, Zach Legerski, Darek Mattinson 0 0-0 0, Nick Blume 1 0-0 2, Jared Kendrick 0 0-2 0, Braxton Rosette 0 2-2 2, Tanner McQuillan 2 (1) 0-0 7, Kellyn Goodrich 0 0-0 0. Totals 12 (2) 9-17 39
Riverton -- Kade Salisbruy 2 1-1 5, Xavier Webb 4 (3) 0-0 17 Coley Nicholls 1 (2)0-0 8, Jordan Belville, 1 3-8 5, Seth Quayle, 4 0-0 8, Brandon Fullerton (1) 2-4 5, Anthony Condie 0 0-0 0, Chris Quayle 0 1-2 1, Caleb Richmond 0 0-0 0, Michael Johnston 4 1-2 9, Myron Oldman 0 -0 0, Wyatt Meyer 0 0-0 0. Totals 16 (6) 9-20 59
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