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The Richmond Lady Spartans shook off a sluggish first half in their second game of the NCMC Holiday Shootout in Trenton. After recording just 10 points in the first half, Richmond battled back to take a 44-40 overtime victory over Braymer and push the Lady Spartans to 2-4.
Richmond Coach David Littrell said his girls were out of sync throughout the first two quarters.
“Our defense was sluggish, and our offense followed with the same style of play,” he said. “The second half we did a much better job of executing our offense. I thought we played with a lot of patience, taking it each possession at a time. We did a nice job of keeping them out of their half court offensive sets in the second half.”
Facing a 20-10 deficit at the break, Richmond came out in the third period with a 16-9 scoring advantage to cut the Bobcat lead to 29-26 entering the final 8 minutes. The Lady Spartans forced overtime after tying the game 37-37 at the end of regulation. Braymer managed a field goal and a free throw in the extra session, while Baylyn Jennings paced Richmond by connecting on 3 of her 4 attempts from the stripe on her way to scoring a game-high 13 points.
The Lady Spartans made 10 of their 18 free throws for the game, while Braymer hit just 5 of 11. Madie Owen led the Braymer scoresheet with 9 points, while Taylor Shoe and Morgan Floyd added 8 apiece.
Stephanie Williams hit a pair of 3-point buckets for Richmond as she scored 12 points for Richmond, with Kayla Hewitt adding 11. Chelsea Hook chipped in 6 points, and Haley Padgett scored 2 for the Lady Spartans.