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By Russ Green-Sports Editor
The Richmond Lady Spartans could not shake their offensive woes, especially early in their meeting with Higginsville in the first round of the Husker Classic Tuesday night in a 52-25 loss to the tournament hosts. Richmond did not record its first field goal of the night until 3:00 remained in the first half.
By that time, Higginsville had opened up an 8-1 lead after one period and Jenny Simpson’s basket changed the score to 16-3.
Richmond Coach David Littrell said although they showed some improvement defensively, his young squad was just not aggressive enough offensively.
“We played too passive on offense,” he said. “We have to do a better job sticking to what we practice in our game-planning sets. We made some great strides on our defensive rotations, but we still need to shore up some assignments, including our rebounding scheme.”
Simpson’s basket was part of the Lady Spartans’ 9-7 scoring edge over the remaining minutes of the first half as Higginsville held a 23-9 lead at the break. Both teams exchanged baskets as the second half unfolded. Andrea Woods sparked Richmond’s scoring in the opening of the third quarter as she hit a pair of field goals and her 3-pointer with 5 minutes left in the period, cut the Lady Husker lead to 29-16.