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Just two weeks ago, a late 3-pointer allowed Knob Noster to escape Richmond with a victory in the RHS gym. Thursday's rematch at Knob Noster did not match the dramatics as the Panthers clinched second place in the MRVC East with a 61-30 win over the visiting Lady Spartans.
Knob Noster ends the league season with an 8-2 conference mark and will bring a 17-6 overall record back and No. 2 seed to the RHS gym for next week's district tournament.
Richmond falls to 1-9 in the conference and 5-17 overall.
Lady Spartan Coach David Littrell said his team never played in sync as they had the past three weeks.
"We made too many passes around the outside trying to get into scoring position," he said. "We could have created better opportunities if we would have looked inside more and attacked their inside defenders. Defensively we didn't stick with our game plan to contest their shooters."
Christina Jones, who will be taking her talents to Division I Western Illinois next winter, hit for 27 points, with Kyra Williams adding 13, and Sarah Tyler, 11, to lead the Panthers.
“Granted, Knob stepped up and shot the ball very well in the game, but we have to do a better job of closing out key shooters,” Littrell added.
The Panthers held an 11-10 lead after one quarter, but took over in the second period with a 19-6 scoring advantage on the way to a 30-16 halftime cushion.
Knob Noster outscored Richmond 21-7 in the final quarter to seal the deal.
Whitney Martens led the Lady Spartan scoring with 9 points, with Baylyn Jennings adding 7. Also scoring for Richmond was Kayla Hewitt with 6, Chelsea Hook with 4, and Kadee McMillan and Stephanie Williams hit for 2 apiece.
Richmond hit 10 free throws for the night, and hit 4 of them, while Knob Noster attempted just 5, and missed just one.