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Webb named Mr. Basketball
Jun 9, 2013 - By Bruce Tippets, Sports Editor
The RHS star was high man in state's all-star loss to Montana.
Xavier Webb of Riverton High School was named Mr. Wyoming Basketball Friday night in Sheridan.
Hailey Ligocki of Sheridan won the Ms. Wyoming Basketball award.
Webb is playing basketball next year at Sheridan College.
The award was given to Webb at the end of the girls game.
"I was surprised on the award," Webb said. "I felt honored to receive it.."
Sheridan College men's basketball coach Steve Simley guided the Wyoming all-stars.
"To be honest, it was a very balanced field with no clear-cut choice," Simley said. "He received the award because he was the only two-time all-state player in Class 4-A, the biggest classification. He was one of only three seniors to be named to the USA Today High School stars All-American list. He had a great high school career. His body of work solidified him winning the award."
Ligocki is going to play at the University of Wyoming.
Webb suited up for the Wyoming all-stars after the award was handed to him and scored 20 points in a 93-87 overtime loss to the Montana all-stars.
"There is a little bit of pressure but you just have to go out and play the game that you know how to play," Webb said. "I thought that the Riverton players played pretty good. We competed and we hustled around. We just never stopped fighting."
Webb's RHS teammate Kade Salisbury put down 17 points. Seth Quayle finished with six. Lucas Watkins from Lander had four points.
"The game was a fantastic battle," Simley said.
"Montana led for majority of the game, but our guys were right there and made a big push in the fourth quarter. It was a really good game."
The annual series finished late Saturday night in Billings, Mont.
"We just need to sharpen up on some little things and we will be fine," Webb said.
Smiley on Webb
"We are really excited for Xavier to be a part of our family starting this fall," Smiley said. "He has great ability to make shots, and that's always a big skill to have."
Sheridan College is usually one of the top teams in the Region IX North division.
"He'll have to work hard, just like any incoming freshman, to get strong, quicker and improve on deficiencies," Smiley said. "He has a chance to be a nice player for us."
Montana girls 70,
In the back-and-forth girls game, Wyoming tied the game late in the final stages of the fourth quarter.
Montana hit four free throws at the end to hold on for the one-point win.
Shanda Post of Lander Valley High School finished with two points.
McCorra Ford from Gillette led the way at 15 points. Sierrra Toms scored 13.
Mountain boys all-stars 93,
Montana 23 31 14 15 10 -- 93
Wyoming 16 30 15 22 4 -- 87
Wyoming scores -- Tyler Loose, Laramie, 17; Logan Burningham, Ten Sleep, 4; Xavier Webb, Riverton, 20; Logan Wasson, Gillette, 7; Wyatt Shinaver, Star Valley, 9; Seth Quayle, Riverton, 6; Marshall McCarthur, Powell, 3; Kade Salisbury, Riverton, 17; Lucas Watkins, Lander, 4.
Montana scores -- Kendall Denham, Malta, 11; Casey McLean, Whitehall, 4; Joey Marzion, Great Falls, 4; Chad Kananen, Roy, 5; Brett Thompson, Laurel, 11; Daine Muller, Billings, Skyview, 8; Andrew Campbell, Billings, West, 8; Tad Rose, Billings, Senior, 11; Daniel Meyer, Billings Central, 15; Ryan Edwards, Glacier, 16.
Montana girls 70,
Montana 22 12 18 18 -- 70
Wyoming 19 7 20 23 -- 69
Wyoming scores -- Dani Williams, Gillette, 3; McCorra Ford, Gillette, 15; Katie Kuhn, Laramie, 8; Shanda Post, Lander, 2; Kassidy Scott, Douglas, 10; Hailey Ligocki, Sheridan, 8; Elissa Johnson, Cheyenne East, 6; Sierra Toms, Gillette, 13; Mali Wright, Sheridan, 4.
Montana scores -- Countey Henry, Malta, 2; Jordyn Johnson, Fairfield, 3; Jayde LeFevre, Laurel, 19; Martha Dembek, Winner/Grass Range) 4; Liz Harper, Missoula Sentinel, 5; Baylee Watson, Towsned, 6; Diondra Denton, Great Fall, 4; Natalee Fauple, Butte, 7; Kaye Bignell, Helena Capital, 5; Alicia Sims, Stevensville, 15.