RIVERTON - Another game played down to the wire. Another game described best with the descending clock. Riverton. Behind the whole game starting with a 11-1 lead by the Galena Bulldogs and finishing down 15-8 the first quarter. Down at the half 27-16 and going into the fourth behind 40-32.
The Bulldogs were still leading 42-38 until, at the 4:33 mark, Riverton's Greyson Spriggs made one of his free throws kicking off a Ram free throw frenzy. Four seconds later, Hunter Deckard drained two to bring the Rams within one - 42-41. Logan North drove the lane, was fouled, and technical was called on Galena. North's basket was good and he made one of three free throws for a Riverton 44-22 lead. Seconds later the Ram's Chandler Underhill made two free shots. 46-42. North later added two more charity tosses. 48-42.
Galena came back with a basket from Zack Gougler. Sixteen seconds later Gougler stole the ball, made a pass to Devon Newman for the score and with 38 seconds left the Bulldogs were down by 2. Soon with a screaming gym from both sides, Gougler was called for a travel under the basket.
Underhill was fouled with 1.99 seconds left and made good on his two free throws and North closed the game 52-47 with two more free throws. The Rams made 12 free throws in the fourth quarter.
After a 17 turnover game and another come from behind game, coach Zack Martin was asked "You have any magic words?"
He laughed "if I had any magical words we wouldn't have spotted them 11 points."
North led the Rams in scoring with 16 points. Spriggs added 10 and Dylan Weaver 8 with two 3-pointers.
Galena's high scorer was speedy Chad Shepard with 13.
On Friday, Riverton traveled to Joplin's College Heights. The Cougars played the Rams close but Riverton notched it's 8th victory of the season 55-48.
With 10 free throws, sophomore Underhill finished with 18 points and 9 rebounds. Freshman North and junior Spriggs scored their season average of 11 points and 10 points.
Lady Rams win two
The Lady Rams won two games last week to improve to a 3-4 record for the season. On Tuesday they defeated rival Galena 43-27 and on Friday beat Joplin's College Heights 43-33.
Against the Lady Bulldogs, 5'3" senior Taylor Price had a terrific outing scoring 16 points, stole the ball 5 times, and grabbed 7 rebounds. Junior Mattea Cupp garnered 6 steals, 5 rebounds to go along with her 8 points. Junior Madison Hull had 6 points and 6 boards.
In the College Heights game, the Lady Cougars spotted Riverton to a 18-5 first quarter head start. College Heights made a good come back in the second half but the deficit was to great.
Cupp was the Lady Rams leader in this game with 15 points. Hull had 9, Price 8, and MacKenzie Dunbar 7.
"We started well and then kind of forgot what we were doing," Riverton's coach Will Mallat said after the game. "We gained our composure. I thought some things we did extremely well."