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The Richmond Lady Spartans didn’t get the offense going until late in the game Wednesday, but it was just in time to chalk up victory No. 1 of the season. Richmond outscored Carrollton 18-4 in the fourth period as the Lady Spartans grabbed a 41-24 win and a spot in the consolation game of the Husker Classic in Higginsville.
Richmond, now 1-3, will play for the consolation plaque Friday at 6 p.m.
The Lady Spartans held a 4-3 edge after the opening quarter, but Carrollton came back to take a 16-15 lead into the intermission. Richmond’s 6-4 scoring edge in the third frame gave the Lady Spartans a one-point advantage heading into the final 8 minutes.
“On offense we played too passive in the first half, which carried over in our half court defense,” Richmond Coach David Littrell said. “In the fourth quarter the girls turned up the defensive pressure and did a great job attacking the basket.”
Stephanie Williams sparked the offensive surge in the fourth quarter as she scored all of her 13 points. The Lady Spartan senior hit all five of her free throw attempts in the period as well. Kayla Hewitt provided the offense in the first half with 13 of her game-high 17 points coming in the first two periods. Hewitt also was accurate at the line as she converted 7 of her 9 attempts – all in the first half.
Littrell liked the way his team battled throughout the night.
“I am very proud of how these girls pulled together and played as a team,” he said. “Their communication on the floor in the fourth quarter was the difference in the game.”
Chelsea Hook added 7 points for Richmond, with Ariel Hoard adding 4.
Felicia White led Carrollton with 11 points.
The Lady Spartans ended the evening making 15 of 25 attempts from the line, while Carrollton converted just 8 of 23 from the stripe.