Riverton ladies bring the defense in Rawlins win to close out Flaming Gorge Tournament

    (Green River, WY) – For Riverton basketball fans who compare common opponents to gauge a team’s standing at any given time, Saturday afternoon’s Riverton vs. Rawlins early season rematch would have been a good sign for the Lady Wolverines before the holiday break.

    The Riverton girls varsity basketball team controlled their final game of the Flaming Gorge Tournament for most of three quarters, beating Rawlins 49-34.

    –Watch a full replay of the game below–


    Riverton hosted Rawlins in tournament play a week ago and won 49-44 at the Strannigan Classic.

    While the Lady Wolverines were as effective offensively in the second version of the game, Riverton’s defense is where victory began this time.

    Hailey Engstrom gave Riverton its first lead of the game at 6-5, and an effective 2-3 zone allowed the Lady Wolverines some cushion to work with into the second quarter. The Riverton halftime lead was five, 23-18.

    The Lady Wolverines were able to maintain their margin into the third quarter. Taelyn Leseberg supplemented Riverton’s perimeter shooting game on the glass and in defensive transition. Free throws from Savannah Morton expanded the Lady Wolverines lead to 12.


    Riverton would lead by as many as 20 points in the win.

    Paizley Jackson led in scoring for the Lady Wolverines with 16 points, Hailey Engstrom added 10, and Wetu Cloud Horse scored eight.

    Riverton is now 2-5 overall. Rawlins drops to 1-5.


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