Unlike their last outing, the Richmond Lady Spartans got off to a much better start as they began MRVC East play with a 35-29 home victory over Lexington Monday night. The Lady Spartans grabbed a 14-7 lead heading into the second quarter and then held off a late surge by the visitors to improve to 6-6 overall.
Richmond has now won five of its last six games.
“The girls are doing a great job sharing the responsibilities on the offensive end,” Lady Spartan Coach David Littrell said. “They are doing a much better job getting in position to score. For our success to continue we must maintain our balanced attack.”
Richmond had six players score in the game with Ariel Hoard leading the way with a game-high 14. The Lady Spartan sophomore posted 6 of her points in the opening frame, to help get the Richmond offense going.
“We got out to a great start tonight,” Littrell said. “Our defense created some easy transition shots early in the game. The girls did a nice job staying with our defensive game plan.”
The defense kept the Lady Spartans on top throughout the second half as the offense sputtered at times. The Richmond lead stretched to 20-13 by the half, despite not getting a field goal over the final 4:40 of the second quarter. Following a low-scoring third frame, Richmond held a 26-17 lead.
The Lady Spartans opened up an 11-point advantage early in the final period. Stephanie May’s basket with 5:22 remaining gave Richmond a 31-20 lead, but the Lady Spartans would not get another field goal until Jordan Thoreson’s shot fell with 1:41 to play. Her bucket followed a free throw by Hoard and ended a 7-0 Lexington run that closed to gap to 34-27.
Thoreson ended the night with 6 points, with Stephanie Williams adding 8. Also scoring for Richmond were May with 4, Haley Padgett with 2 and Kayla Hewitt adding a free throw. Jennie Ritchie led the Lexington scoresheet with 10 points, while Ashley Swafford added 9.
PHOTO: The Richmond Lady Spartan defense, led by Jordan Thoreson (11), Ariel Hoard (3) and Kayla Hewitt (21), create a Lexington turnover during Monday night’s MRVC East-opening victory. (Photo by Russ Green/The Daily News.)