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Things did not look good for the Richmond Lady Spartans early in their Hamilton Tournament consolation semifinal matchup with Trenton Wednesday afternoon. Richmond quickly fell behind by a double-digit margin and spent the rest of the game battling from behind before forcing the game into overtime and pulling out a 49-43 victory.
Richmond, now 3-9, snapped a five-game slide and will play for consolation Friday at 4:30 p.m. The Lady Spartans trailed throughout the game and did not take their first lead until Kayla Hewitt’s bucket with 2:48 remaining in overtime. Hewitt later added a pair of free throws as the Lady Spartans outscored Trenton 8-2 in the extra session.
“Our conditioning stood out in the overtime,” Richmond Coach David Littrell said. “We continued to attack the basket, converted 6 of 8 free throws and our defensive pressure didn’t take a step back anytime during those four minutes.”
Trenton quickly opened up a 7-0 lead and held a 13-2 cushion after the first quarter. Richmond pulled to within 3 points with 92 seconds left in the first half, but Trenton scored the final 5 points to take a 22-14 lead at the break.
“Offensively we came out very flat and didn’t run our offense very well,” Littrell said. “After the first quarter we started to settle into our offensive sets, while our defensive effort allowed us to claw our way back into the game by keeping them out of their half-court set.”
After a quick 12-point lead early, Richmond cut the Lady Bulldog lead to 29-24 entering the final 8 minutes. A late 7-0 Richmond run tied the game at 39-39 as Chelsea Hook scored off a rebound with 1:27 left in regulation. Both teams traded free throws as the game ended at 41-all.
Jennings ended the night with 12 points for Richmond, with Hewitt adding 11, and Hook with 9. Whitney Martens scored 6, followed by Stephanie Williams with 4, Arrisah Williams with 3 and Hannah Alpers with 2.
PHOTO: Richmond’s Kayla Hewitt passes ahead to a teammate in the Lady Spartans’ 49-43 overtime win over Trenton. (Photo by Russ Green/The Daily News.)