The Richmond Lady Spartans scored in double digits in all four quarters Thursday night as they picked up their first MRVC East basketball victory of the season with a 53-46 decision over Carrollton. It was the fifth victory overall for Richmond in 20 games while improving to 1-7 in league play.
We played four solid quarters of team basketball,” Richmond Coach David Littrell said. “Each time Carrollton made a run, the girls adjusted, stopped their run and created one of our own.”
Baylyn Jennings and Kayla Hewitt paced the Lady Spartan scoring with Jennings hitting for 14 points – 10 in the second half, while Hewitt added 13.
Richmond held a 15-14 lead after the first 8 minutes. In the second quarter, defense and help from the bench, helped set the tone for the rest of the game.
“Stephanie May came in off the bench and provided some very solid minutes,” Littrell said. “She hit a couple of baskets inside that helped open up our perimeter game. Arrisah Williams stepped in and had two key defensive stops in the paint and did a nice job getting position on the boards. Those relief minutes tonight really paid off in the latter part of the game.”
Richmond held a 25-21 lead at the half. Stephanie Williams connected on a long 3-point bucket to get the Lady Spartans started in the second half. The Richmond guards then got the transition game going.
Baylyn, Kayla, and Whitney (Martens) followed up doing a great job in the next four possessions in our transition game,” Littrell said. “They made the right passes at the right time which led to some easy baskets and additional opportunities from the charity stripe. Those combinations put us in position to get the win tonight.”
Richmond hit 13 of 20 free throws for the game and 7 of 9 in the fourth quarter to hold off the Lady Trojans.
Chelsea Hook added 9 points for Richmond, followed by Martens with 7, Williams with 6 and May with 4. Rachel Thoeni led Carrollton, now 1-7 in conference and 4-18 overall, with a game-high 18 points.