Once again, the Richmond Lady Spartans got off to a slow start Monday night at Cameron in a 54-30 loss. Richmond could manage just two field goals and four free throws in the first half as the Lady Spartans fell behind 26-8 at the half.
Richmond Coach David Littrell said his team has finished strong, but need to get things going earlier in the contest.
“We are doing some very good things on the court, but at times we are doing them in the wrong order,” he said. “We have to get more consistent at anticipating where the ball is going. Our game fundamentals need to continue to improve each night.”
Littrell added that his defense played too passive which caused them to chase instead of defending.
The Lady Spartans began to pick up the offensive pace in the third quarter, but were still outscored 10-7. Richmond had its best 8 minutes in the fourth period as they put 21 points on the board. Kayla Hewitt scored 10 of her team-high 16 points in the fourth quarter for the Lady Spartans. Ariel Hoard and Kadee McMillan added 5 points, with Chelsea Hook scoring 4.
Raelene Blanter scored a game-high 17 to pace the Lady Dragons, with 11 of her points coming in the first half. Anna Curtis was the second of three Cameron players to reach double figures with 14 points, and Kelly Thompson added 10, with 8 of those in the second half.
Richmond, now 1-4, converted 9 of 14 free throws, while Cameron hit 12 of 20 from the stripe. The Lady Spartans will make their first home appearance of the season Friday as they host Marshall.