Wolverines knock off unbeaten Central in Capitol City

It was a big win for the Wolverines Thursday afternoon in Cheyenne as Riverton knocked off previously unbeaten, and second-ranked in Class 4-A Cheyenne Central on the Indians’ home floor 63-58.

Working behind 24 points from guard Parker Paxton, which included five of Riverton’s eight 3-point shots, the badly outsized Wolverines handled the best the much larger Central squad could offer.

Central led early and bumped the lead to eight at the half, but a long-range barrage in the second and third periods, paced by three treys from Paxton and one each from Darrick DeVries, Kade Gabrielson, and Hunter Hauck negated Central’s size advantage.

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Darrick DeVries scored 16 in the win over the Indians – {h/t Randy Tucker}

Leading 61-58 with just seconds remaining in the game, Central intercepted an inbound pass from Gabrielson but a hustling play by Nathan Hutchison ended with the senior stealing the ball back, then immediately being fouled.

Hutchison hit both free throws for the final five-point win.

DeVries joined Paxton in double-figure scoring with 16 points.

The Wolverines face Class 3-A Wheatland at 3 p.m. on Friday at Cheyenne South as the James Johnson Winter Classic continues.

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Cheyenne Central 13 16 14 15 – 58

Riverton                  11 10 20 22 – 63

Cheyenne Central – Mason Tafoya (1) 0-0 3, Jackson Whitworth (2) 1-2 7, Sammy Shumway (1) 0-0 3, Joe Sawyer 4 (1) 3-4 14, Mason Deltoff 2 0-0 4, Zack Wittanger 1 2-5 4, James Brown 5 (2) 3-9 19. Totals 14 (7) 9-20 58

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Riverton – Jason Vincent 1 3-4 5, Darrick DeVries 6 (1) 1-2 16, Dre’Vin Monroe 1 0-0 2, Kade Gabrielson 2 (1) 1-2 8, Parker Paxton 3 (5) 3-5 24, Nathan Hutchison 1 1-2 3, Hunter Hauck (1) 0-0 3. Totals 14 (8) 11-19 63

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