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The Richmond Lady Spartans just could not get any offense going Wednesday night in the consolation semifinals of the Lawson Invitational. As a result, Carrollton ended Richmond’s run in the tournament with a 54-43 decision over the Lady Spartans.
Richmond drops to 2-6 for the season while Carrollton picked up its second victory in nine games this year.
The seventh-seeded Lady Trojans used the height advantage of 5-10 senior Melissa Horine for their inside scoring. Horine ended the night with 21 points, while Rachel Thoeni added 15 points, with Felicia White also in double figures with 11.
Both teams had trouble getting the offense started as both the Lady Spartans and Lady Trojans turned the ball over throughout the opening 4 minutes. Three free throws and the first field goal of the game with 3:53 remaining, gave the Lady Spartans a 5-1 lead in the opening stanza.
However, Carrollton rattled off the next 6 points and both teams ended the first quarter with 7 on the board.
Baylyn Jennings, who ended up with a team-high 17 points, scored 5 during a 7-1 Richmond run to begin the second quarter, but Carrollton took the lead for good when the Lady Trojans scored the next 9 points as they closed out the half with a 16-2 run.
Horine capped the Carrollton half with the game’s only 3-point bucket as time ran out.
The Lady Trojans outscored Richmond 15-10 in the third quarter for a 39-26 cushion heading into the final 8 minutes. The Lady Spartans were able to cut the deficit to under 10 points twice in the closing quarter, but could not pull any closer.
Kayla Hewitt was also in double figures for the Lady Spartans as she hit for 10 points, followed by Chelsea Hook with 8, Stephanie Williams with 6 and Arissah Williams with 2.
Both teams hit 15 free throws for the night with Richmond attempting 23, and Carrollton shooting two more.
Carrollton will play West Platte, a 36-32 winner over Plattsburg, in the consolation game that will tip off Friday at 5 p.m. Richmond will be at Lexington for an MRVC East contest with the Minutewomen.
PHOTO: Richmond’s Stephanie Williams tries to find room along the baseline during Wednesday night’s 54-43 loss to Carrollton at the Lawson Invitational. (Photo by Russ Green/The Daily News.)