Richmond Coach David Littrell saw some positives from his Lady Spartans Thursday night despite their 56-30 home loss to Higginsville.
The Lady Huskers scored double figures in the first three periods as they improved to 11-2 overall and 2-0 in the MRVC East, while dropping Richmond to 2-8 and 0-2.
Littrell knew his Lady Spartans would face full-court pressure throughout the night, and for the most part he thought they did well.
“When you are up against one of the toughest teams in the MRVC East, you know you are going to see a lot of pressure throughout the contest,” he said. “I thought we handled their press very well, until we started to free-lance the press break options.”
Richmond trailed 11-8 after the opening frame, but Higginsville broke loose for a 17-6 scoring advantage in the second quarter as the Lady Huskers built a 28-14 cushion at the break.
Nicki Oberg sparked Higginsville’s third-quarter surge as she hit for 10 of her game-high 20 points as the visitors outscored Richmond 20-8.
“We must continue to improve our consistency on both ends of the court,” Littrell said. “We had a lot of good things come out of the game. Our first and fourth quarters were very solid. We just need to put four together all in one night.”
Littrell added that his team hit a cold spell from the field in the second and third quarters and that made it tough to catch the Huskers.
Higginsville’s third-quarter outbreak forced a running clock through the final 8 minutes.
In addition to Oberg’s points, Lanna Kays added 11 for the Lady Huskers.
Baylyn Jennings and Kayla Hewitt led Richmond scoring with 9 points each, with Hannah Alpers adding 5, and Chelsea Hook hit for 4, while Stephanie Williams scored 3.
Richmond was 7 of 12 from the free throw line, with Higginsville hitting 10 of 18.