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The Richmond Lady Spartans ran into a huge roadblock Thursday night as they tried to extend their winning streak to four games. The Lady Spartans met the No. 2-ranked team in Class 2, Hamilton-Penny, in the semifinals of the Lawson Invitational and it was all Lady Hornets, 78-26.
Hamilton, now 9-0, advances to Saturday’s 6:30 p.m. championship game against the host Lady Cardinals. The Lady Hornets have cruised into the title game after a 94-17 first-round win over Carrollton, and Thursday night’s win over the Lady Spartans.
Richmond, now 4-6 for the season, will go for third place tonight in an 8 p.m. contest against Plattsburg. The Lady Tigers fell to Lawson 59-46 in the other Thursday semifinal.
Richmond and Hamilton traded baskets to get the game started Thursday, but the rest of the night would belong to the Lady Hornets. Hamilton then raced out to a 29-6 lead entering the second quarter.
The Lady Spartans were held to a 3-pointer and a 2-pointer by Kayla Hewitt in the second period for their only scoring while Hamilton posted 21 more points on the way to an even more comfortable 50-11 lead at halftime. The Lady Hornets outscored Richmond 16-9 in the third quarter and 12-6 in the final frame.
Lindsay Vollmer paced the Hamilton scoring with 18 points, while Eileen Greenwood and Elsie Greenwood each hit for 14, followed by Carissa Conger’s 13.
Stephanie Williams led Richmond with 10 points, which included a pair of 3-point buckets. Hewitt added 7 points, followed by Chelsea Hook with 4, Hayley Padgett with a 3-point basket, and Ariel Hoard with a pair of free throws.
Hamilton ended the night with four 3-point baskets, and converted half of its 20 free throw attempts. Richmond made 5 trips to the stripe and connected on 2 of them.