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January 15, 2014

Rams will take win over rival Galena, but CNC League game still looms

GALENA, Kan. — Of course, Riverton coach Zach Martin was pleased with a win over the Galena Bulldogs on Tuesday night. However, Martin knows it won’t be the last time his Rams will have to face their rival.

“It’s great anytime you can get a win against your crosstown rival, but we know we will have to see them again in the league,” Martin said. “We also may see them again in sub-state.”

This time, Riverton junior guard Landon North scored 21 points to lead the Rams (5-0) to a 59-36 nonconference win against Galena (4-3).

North scored 11 of his points in the second quarter to help Riverton take a 39-24 halftime advantage.

“In the second quarter, it seemed like they made every shot they took,” Galena coach Matt Meyr said. “(Landon) North got hot. We know that kid can shoot.”

North made three 3-pointers in the second quarter, including one as the buzzer sounded the end of the first half. Chandler Underhill hit another 3-pointer to give Riverton four treys in its 22-point second quarter.

While Landon North was leading the way for the Rams on the perimeter, Grant North was a force down low. Landon’s younger cousin scored 16 points, including 12 in the first half.

“We didn’t make a lot of shots,” Meyr said. “But give credit to their defense. The taller North kid changed a lot of shots. Offensively, they both probably scored about their average. We knew coming in that we couldn’t let them do that.”

Landon and Grant combined for 37 points, but Martin said he was happy to see his kids play as a team.

“They get a lot of attention and rightfully so,” Martin said. “But as good as they are, we have eight or nine guys who can contribute on this team. I thought we shared the basketball and saw each other real well tonight. These guys have no ego.”

Galena senior guard Deven Newman, who led the Bulldogs with 21 points, scored 13 of his team’s 15 points in the second quarter. Newman hit a 3-pointer to make it a 27-22 game with 3:21 left in the second quarter, but Riverton responded by closing out the quarter with a 12-2 run.

Riverton travels to face Northeast on Friday. Galena will be at home against Southeast.

Galena girls 57, Riverton 39

Galena junior Abby Shelton scored 13 of her game-high 21 points in the third quarter, and the Bulldog girls pulled away from the Rams in a nonconference game.

The Bulldogs led 25-19 at halftime after making only 5 of 16 free throws.

“They did a nice job on us defensively,” Galena coach Preston Scarrow said. “They had a nice game plan to stop us inside.”

Led by Shelton, Galena pulled away in the third quarter.

Riverton’s Hanna White made a layup to cut Galena’s lead to 25-23 with 7:15 left in the third quarter. Galena responded with a 10-0 run to make it 35-23 with 4:02 left in the third. The Bulldogs outscored the Rams 20-8 in the quarter.

Kobee Turley led Riverton with 13 points.

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