The Riverton Rams improved to 16-1 for the season with wins over C-N-C League opponents Southeast Cherokee 50-41 and Baxter Springs 51-30.
On Tuesday against Cherokee, the Rams started slow out of the gate with a 25-22 margin lead the first half.
"We're at the point of the point of the season that we can't afford to start slow," Coach Zack Martin said of the start. "We didn't come to play the first half."
In the second half, Riverton outscored the Lancers 32-19 including 13 free throws.
Freshman guard Landon North scored 9 of his 11 points in the second half.
Junior Greyson Spriggs had a stellar night netting 19 points on 6-of-7 shooting, grabbing 10 rebounds, and recording 3 steals. Dylan Weaver added 10 points, and Chandler Underhill 8.
Against Baxter Springs. The Rams started strong and finished strong. Riverton led the Lions 13-4 in the first quarter and had a 24-13 advantage at the half. The fourth quarter was also all Riverton as Spriggs, Underhill, and North combined together for 19 points. As most games this season, the Rams were successful going to the foul line in the fourth converting 9-11 shots.
The 4-13 Lions are a team that can compete early but fade at the end because of lack of depth of personnel.
The Lions scoring leaders were Colton Krokroskia with 10, Nick Abernathy and Austin Karnes with 6 each, and Zak Himes and Kasey Elias each with 4. For the Rams, Spriggs finished with 13 followed by Underhill and North with 11.
"We need to play better with a (scoring) lead," Martin said. "I feel we're putting it together at the right time."
Baxter Springs Girls 58,
With a 19-4 scoring advantage in the third quarter, the Baxter Springs Lady Lions put a 58-32 thumping on the Riverton girls Friday at the Lions' homecoming game.
"It amazes me how we can play so well against some teams and not show up against Baxter," said Riverton's coach Will Mallatt of the loss.
The Lions improve to 12-5 and senior Tasha Wampler had 22 and junior Nina Spence had 21 combining for 43 points and the win. In addition, Wampler had 8 rebounds and Spence was 7-of-8 on free throws, had 7 steals, and 8 boards. Junior Ashleigh Grimes helped with 8 rebounds, 4 assists, and was 6-of-8 on free throws.
For the Lady Rams, Taylor Price finished with 15 points and Mattea Cupp and Shelby Mitchell each pulled 6 rebounds.
On Tuesday, the Lady Rams battled close against Cherokee Southeast but came up on the losing end with a 42-35 score.
Again, Price led the Riverton girls in points with 13 including three 3-pointers. Price also had 6 rebounds. Junior MacKenzie Dunbar finished with 9 points, 7 rebounds, and 4 assists. Meghan Williams grabbed 7 rebounds. Christine Bone led the Lady Lancers with 17 points and 7 rebounds.
The Riverton boys and girls teams finish their regular season schedule on the road with games at St. Mary's Colgan this Friday and Erie on Tuesday.