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The Richmond Lady Spartans dug an early hole for themselves Monday night at Carrollton and could not get out of it in a 46-39 MRVC East loss.
Carrollton jumped out to a 17-4 lead in the first quarter and held off the visitors the rest of the way.
Richmond Coach David Littrell said his team played very well over the final three quarters, but the first period was too much to overcome.
“We still need to come out and put four quarters of basketball all together,” he said. “We came out very flat in the first quarter on both ends of the court. We have to work harder on staying with our game plan. After half I thought the girls did a great job of getting back on the things we practiced for this game. I am very proud of how these girls are responding in these games. They are playing with a never give up attitude that is very important in the game of basketball, and a great life skill to have as well.”
Richmond trailed 29-15 at the half, but began to chip away at the Lady Trojan lead in the third period.
The Lady Spartans outscored Carrollton 10-6 in the third quarter and had the Lady Trojans within 3 points in the fourth quarter, but could not make up the rest of the deficit.
“We had about four minutes when our defense took a step back and that allowed them to widen a gap we never closed,” Littrell said.
Kayla Hewitt led the Lady Spartan scoring with 11 points, with Chelsea Hook adding 10. Baylyn Jennings scored 8, followed by Stephanie Williams with 4, while Haley Padgett, Ariel Hoard and Hannah Alpers added 2 each.
Rachel Thoeni led the Carrollton scoring with 14 points, with Melissa Horiene adding 9, and Hannah Davis, 8.