By Russ Green-Sports Editor
The Richmond Lady Spartans picked a tough opponent for their first road game of the season. Richmond faced a much taller team that also matched their quickness at Lathrop Thursday night and dropped a 50-24 decision. The Lady Spartans are now 1-2 as they begin play this week at the Husker Classic in Higginsville.
The Lady Spartans got off to a slow start as they were held to three field goals and 8 points through the first 16 minutes. While the offense struggled, Lathrop leaned on the scoring of Isabel Maddick and Katie Cordray to race out to a 35-8 lead at the intermission. Maddick hit for 14 points with Cordray adding 10 points as each ended the night scoring a game-high 16 points.
“In the first half we didn’t communicate very well and that really hurt our defensive rotation assignments,” Richmond Coach David Littrell said. “Plus, on the offensive end we didn’t execute some of the things we had done in our two previous contests.”
The Lady Spartans played Lathrop, now 3-0, on more even terms in the second half. Richmond matched its first-half point production in the third quarter with Maddy Zeller and Jenny Simpson each hitting for 4 points.