Riverton • The Riverton Silverwolves continued their hot start to the 2013-14 season on Tuesday night by registering their ninth straight win dating back to last season. It was a decisive 51-28 victory over the Bountiful Braves.
Despite a sluggish first period by the Silverwolves and the Braves, the outcome never really seemed to be in doubt. Riverton (4-0) came out strong for the second period as senior Shelby Richards (15 points) shouldered the offensive load and the Silverwolves suffocated the Braves (2-2) on defense.
O Shelby Richards scores 15 points to lead Riverton over Bountiful.
» Bountiful center Kennedy Redding scores a game-high 17 points.» Riverton improves to 4-0, beating its opponents by an average of 29.75 points.
"I don’t feel like we just came out and [handled them], it was a constant battle the whole time," said Richards. "We were sweating, we were running — it was a struggle at some times. They put out a fight the whole game and their effort was amazing."
As impressive as their late first half run was, Richards believed she and her teammates did not play their best until the second half.
"We went in and started meeting in the locker room; we [decided] we need to work hard, push ourselves, and get us better," said Richards.
What ensued for the entire second half was a relentless defensive effort that forced 20 turnovers on the night and made the game difficult for all of the Braves. The one exception was sophomore center Kennedy Redding, as she finished with a game-high 17 points.
"That’s just how we play," claimed Richards. "We just like to run around and try to cause chaos."
And chaos is what they caused as Redding scored all but six of Bountiful’s points before the benches were emptied and the Braves went on a minor run.
Aside from Richards, Lateesha Richards also led the way for the Silverwolves with 12 points, and sophomore Tiena Afu contributed seven. Their one negative of the night was only connecting 53 percent of their free-throw attempts.
On the season, Riverton is defeating its opponents by an average of 29.75 points per game — something the Silverwolves will look to continue against Northridge on Friday.
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