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Richmond Coach David Littrell found nothing wrong with the effort of his Lady Spartans Thursday at Higginsville, but added that the lack of execution was what led to his team’s 52-37 MRVC East loss.
Higginsville jumped out to a 20-7 first quarter lead in the matchup of teams with 1-0 conference marks. The Lady Spartans spent the rest of the evening trying to cut into the huge deficit.
“I was very pleased with how strong we finished the game,” Littrell said. “We did a great job attacking the basket in the final quarter. We just didn’t finish our possessions at the charity stripe tonight.”
Richmond hit just 3 of 14 free throws as the Lady Spartans drop to 6-7 for the season.
Although Richmond held an 8-7 scoring edge in the final 8 minutes, the Lady Spartans converted just 2 of 12 chances from the line in that quarter. Higginsville, now 5-8 overall, connected on 8 of 13 free throws for the night.
Jenna Garrett and Shelby Woodward each scored a game-high 15 points for the Lady Huskers.
After Higginsville build their first-quarter lead, Richmond held a 14-10 scoring edge in the second frame, led by Kayla Hewitt, who hit for 8 of her 10 points.
Chelsea Hook, who missed Monday’s game with an injury, led the Lady Spartan scoring with 12 points. Six of those came in Richmond’s 8-point third quarter where the Lady Spartans were outscored 15-8.
Despite the setback, Littrell believes his team is still improving.
“We continue to do some very good things on the court,” he added. “The girls continue to play very unselfish with the ball.”
Also scoring for Richmond were Haley Padgett with 9 points, and Stephanie Williams with 6.
The Lady Spartans are back on the court Tuesday. Richmond, the No. 5 seed, plays fourth-seeded Trenton at 4:30 in the first round of the Hamilton Tournament.