By Russ Green-Sports Editor
The Richmond Lady Spartans held off the visiting Excelsior Springs Lady Tigers for most of the night, but the visitors took advantage of fourth-quarter miscues to leave town with a 51-48 victory.
The loss dropped Richmond to 1-1 for the season, while it was the first game of the season for Excelsior Springs.
The Lady Tigers converted five Richmond turnovers into 10 points in the fourth quarter as Excelsior Springs outscored the home team 19-15 over the final 8 minutes. The Lady Tigers converted 3 of 4 free throws in the fourth quarter and 5 of 9 in the second half after missing all 3 attempts in the first half. Richmond made just 3 of 12 free throws in the second half and ended the night hitting 10 of 26 from the stripe.
“Some of our youth showed up,” Richmond Coach David Littrell said. “We made some mistakes, especially in the fourth quarter, and gave Excelsior some opportunities and they took advantage. The girls played hard and they’re disappointed in the loss, but we’ll have those kind of nights once in a while, especially this early in the season.”
Once again, Richmond featured a balanced scoring attack with 10 Lady Spartans contributing. Madison Cole and Miya O’Dell, both freshmen, led the way with 11 each. Senior Emma Long added 9 – 6 of those in the second half. Also scoring for Richmond were Jenny Simpson with 6, Mallory Cole, Leslyn Cole, Kristen Vantrump and Andrea Woods with 2 apiece, while Sarah Davis added a free throw.