The Richmond Lady Spartans battled from behind for most of their Husker Classic opener with Odessa Monday night in Higginsville. Richmond’s efforts almost paid off, but the Lady Spartans ended the night with a 41-39 loss and an 0-2 start to the season.
Richmond trailed 12-6 after one period and 25-18 by the half, but came back with a 12-11 scoring edge in the third frame and a 9-5 advantage in the final 8 minutes, but fell short. Coach David Littrell liked the way his team fought back to tie the game in the closing stages and gave them a chance to win.
“I am very proud how we fought back after being down double digits and came back to tie the game in the latter part of the fourth quarter,” he said. “We had an opportunity to win the game, but it came down to one of their players making a play to seal it for them.”
Richmond managed just three field goals in the first quarter and Littrell said his team needs to do a better job of getting into their offense and quit turning the ball over.
“We have to do a better job of placing value on every possession of the game,” he said. “We are committing too many fundamental errors. Once we settled down in the second quarter, we played some very solid basketball throughout the rest of the game.”
Baylyn Jennings led the offensive charge in the second quarter as she hit four from the field on her way to scoring a game-high 14 points. Stephanie Williams hit for 8 of her 10 points in the third frame, including a pair of 3-pointers. Kayla Hewitt added 5 points for Richmond, including a trey, with Hannah Alpers and Arissah Williams each chipping in 4 points, while Alex Phillips scored 2.
Odessa did not have anyone reach double-digits, but 10 different Lady Bulldogs scored led by Ashley Zeih’s 9. The Lady Bulldogs hit 12 of 25 from the stripe, with Richmond making 6 of its 11 free throw attempts.
The Lady Spartans will face Lexington at 7:30 p.m. tonight in the West gym.