For the second time this week, the Richmond Lady Spartans dropped a tough MRVC East game at home. On Monday, Richmond lost to Knob Noster on a last-second 3-pointer, and on Thursday, the Lady Spartans took Lexington to overtime before falling 48-39.
Lexington led 10-9 after 8 minutes, and 18-15 at the half.
The Minutewomen gained control of the game in the third frame with a 14-7 scoring edge to take a 10-point cushion into the fourth period.
“We dropped off a little too much defensively in the third quarter that allowed Lexington to make a run,” Lady Spartan Coach David Littrell said. “The girls really stepped up their intensity at both ends in the fourth that allowed us to close the gap.”
Richmond got a couple of big baskets from outside the arc by Whitney Martens in the fourth quarter as the Lady Spartans began chip away. Martens ended the night with 6 points, and Stephanie Williams helped spark the defense with a pair of steals inside.
Richmond had a chance to win the game in regulation, but couldn’t get a shot.
“We set up a scoring opportunity in the final 20 seconds of regulation, but we failed to completely execute for a final look at the basket,” Littrell said. “The great part is we gave ourselves an opportunity to win in the end, it just didn’t go our way tonight. The outcome doesn’t reflect the effort these girls put on the floor tonight.”
The Lady Spartans could manage only a Kayla Hewitt free throw in the overtime, while Lexington got scoring from five different players to improve to 3-3 in the conference and 9-12 overall.
Richmond, now 0-6 and 4-14, was led by Chelsea Hook with 12 points thanks to another strong inside game.
Baylyn Jennings played well at the point according to Littrell, in addition to a 9-point night. Hewitt added 8 points with Arrisah Williams scoring 2.
Kim Smith scored a game-high 19 points for Lexington.