Feb 13, 2013 - By Craig Blumenshine, Staff WriterThe venue has changed because Wolverine Gym is being prepared for the conference wrestling tournament.
Both Class 4-A West conference leaders, the Casper Natrona Fillies (16-3, 7-0 Class 4-A West) for the girls and the Riverton Wolverines (18-2, 5-1 4-A West) for the boys, will be in Riverton Thursday night for varsity basketball games.
The venue will be different, however. Both games will be played at Central Wyoming College so that Riverton HIgh School's Wolverine Gym can be prepared to host the West 4-A regional wrestling tournament the following day.
The Riverton Lady Wolverines (4-16, 1-5 4-A West) tip off vs. Natrona at 5:30 p.m. with the boys game pegged to follow at 7 p.m. -- a half hour earlier than normal start times. Thursday is the second-to-last chance for Riverton fans to catch the Wolverine teams in Riverton this year.
The Lady Wolverines will try to stop the state's leading scorer, Kaylee Johnson, who averages more than 18 points per game. No 4-A West team has come within 25 points of the Fillies this season. Last month Riverton fell to the Fillies in Casper, 51-23.
The Natrona boys (8-10, 4-3 4-A West) are climbing in the conference standings after downing Evanston, the second-ranked conference team, 51-44 in Casper last weekend. But Riverton's boys are climbing too, and have reclaimed the second-place ranking in statewide media polling behind Gillette and ahead of Laramie, Evanston and Casper Kelly Walsh.
The Wolverines have several leaders in conference and state statistical categories.
Xavier Webb remains the leading scorer in the Class 4-A West, averaging more than 18 points per game. Seth Quayle is still the best rebounder in Wyoming, pulling down 10.1 boards per game, and is also the state's top shot blocker with more than three per game. Kade Salisbury is the state's best basketball thief, averaging 3.4 steals per game and is second in the state in assists with nearly six per game. Sophomore Chris Quayle is the state's leading 3-point percentage shooter, converting 57 percent of his shots beyond the arc.
Boys Class 4-A West Standings
Riverton 18-2, 5-1
Evanston 12-8, 5-2
Kelly Walsh 10-10, 4-3
Natrona 8-10, 4-3
Rock Springs 7-12, 2-4
Green River 4-15, 0-7
Girls Class 4-A West Standings
Natrona 16-3, 7-0
Rock Springs 10-9, 4-2
Kelly Walsh 4-15, 4-3
Evanston 6-14, 3-4
Riverton 4-16, 1-5
Green River 4-16, 1-6
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