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Things started out well for the Richmond Lady Spartans Monday night as they began play in the Lawson Invitational against third-seeded Hamilton.
Richmond held a 9-8 lead after the first quarter, but Hamilton answered with a 19-4 scoring advantage in the second quarter and the Lady Hornets were on their way to a 58-18 victory.
Richmond Coach David Littrell said his Lady Spartans played their best basketball in the first 10 minutes, but after that, things fell apart.
“We communicated very well on defense, showed patience on offense against their pressure defense and rebounded as a team better than we had all year,” he said. “Then we reverted back to old habits which allowed them to completely take the game over. What we must take from this game is to understand when we stick to our game plan, and play together we play very solid basketball.”
Richmond ended the night with just 6 field goals – two of those 3-pointers – and 4 of 7 free throws. The Hornets hit 10 of 15 from the stripe.
After being held scoreless in the opening quarter, Hamilton’s Eileen Greenwood broke loose in the second period with 8 points and then added 12 more in the third quarter as the Hornets outscored Richmond 21-2.
Greenwood ended the night with 23 points, while Lindsay Vollmer added 17.
Baylyn Jennings paced the Lady Spartan scoring with 9 points. Whitney Martens and Stephanie Williams hit one 3-point bucket each, with Chelsea Hook adding 2 points, and Hannah Alpers, a free throw.
Richmond, now 2-5, will face either Gallatin or Carrollton in the consolation semifinals Wednesday night at 7:30.