The Richmond Lady Spartans drew what coach David Littrell called their toughest opponent all season Monday night in the opening round of the Hamilton Tournament.
Third-seeded South Harrison jumped out to a 23-10 first quarter lead on the way to a 72-29 win over the No. 6 Lady Spartans.
Richmond had trouble finding an answer to stopping the attack of the Lady Wildcats that featured three players over 6-feet – including All-State guard Kelsey Butler.
“This was a tough match up for us,” Littrell said. “We fell off our game plan of how we would defend the post. That allowed them to make a run midway through the second quarter. We picked up too many fouls due to defensive positioning.”
Littrell added that his team would be concentrating on fixing those problems by turning up the intensity on defense and anticipation.
Mysti Williams led the South Harrison scoring with 18 points, while Butler added 14. Stephanie Williams hit for 7 points for Richmond, now 2-9, followed by Baylyn Jennings, Kayla Hewitt and Chelsea Hook with 6 apiece, while Whitney Martens and Hannah Alpers added 2 each.
South Harrison added to its lead in the second period with a 22-8 scoring advantage, followed by a 23-10 advantage in the third quarter. The Wildcats outscored Richmond 4-1 in the final frame played with the running clock.
The Lady Spartans hit 4 of 11 free throws, while South Harrison made 11 of 13 from the stripe.
Richmond will meet Trenton in the consolation semifinal bracket Wednesday at 4:30 p.m.