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By Russ Green-Sports Editor
The Richmond Lady Spartans snapped a three-game skid Wednesday night with a 48-38 win at St. Mary’s in their final non-conference matchup of the season. The win came after a tough 47-43 MRVC East loss at home to Knob Noster Monday night. The Lady Spartans will take an 8-13 overall mark and 2-5 league record into this evening’s game at Lexington.
Wednesday night’s win was almost identical to Richmond’s win earlier over St. Mary’s in the consolation game of the Lawson Invitational. The Lady Spartans won that January game 47-28.
The Richmond defense held the Lady Trojans to just six field goals through three quarters in the latest meeting. Meanwhile, the Richmond offense, paced by Emma Long’s game-high 19 points backed up its defensive effort. The Lady Spartans jumped out to a 14-6 lead after 8 minutes and took a 23-11 lead at the intermission. Richmond took over complete control of the game in the third period by outscoring the home team 19-5 to take a 42-16 cushion into the final frame.
Miya O’Dell added 8 points for the Lady Spartans with Maddy Zeller chipping in 5. Cassidy Layman and Jenny Simpson had 4 points each while Kerigan Maddox, Haley Sowder, Kristin Vantrump and Andrea Woods all scored 2 points each.
Nina Gavoli led St. Mary’s, now 6-15, with 9 points. Gavoli scored on a 3-point bucket and 6 of 10 free throw shooting. The Lady Trojans converted 7 of 13 from the line, while Richmond hit 2 of 3 from the stripe.
It was a different kind of free throw shooting performance Monday night in Richmond’s loss to Knob Noster. The Lady Panthers outscored Richmond by 10 points from the stripe. Knob Noster converted 17 of 26 attempts at the line, while the Lady Spartans made half of their 14 tries.