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By Russ Green-Sports Editor
The Richmond Lady Spartans had their hands full in dealing with the top seeds in their opening games of the Hamilton Invitational. Richmond had its three-game winning streak snapped in the first round Monday as the Lady Spartans began pool play with a 63-25 loss to the tournament host, and No. 2 seed, Lady Hornets. The following day, Richmond dropped a 58-19 decision to the No. 3 seed, Lathrop.
The Lady Spartans, now 5-10 for the season, will play for consolation Friday at 5 p.m.
Elsie Greenwood and Morgan Prather carried the load for the Hamilton in the opener on Monday. Greenwood hit for a game-high 37 points, while Prather added 12 more. Greenwood, the Hamilton senior guard scored her first 8 points in the opening quarter as the Hornets jumped out to a 14-6 lead. Greenwood began to heat up in the second period as she knocked down three buckets outside the arc as she added 15 more points to her total helping the Hornets to a 34-19 cushion at the break.
Hamilton outscored Richmond 23-4 in the third quarter with the final 8 minutes played with the running clock.
Emma Long led the Richmond scoring with 8 points, while Savannah Hamilton and Andrea Woods hit for 4 points apiece. Leslyn Cole, Kristin Vantrump, Madison Cole and Jenny Simpson added 2 points each. Richmond made just three trips to the free throw line and converted one of them, while Hamilton converted 12 of 34 tries.
The complete story is in the Thursday, Jan. 24, 2013 Richmond News.