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By Russ Green-Sports Editor
The Richmond Spartans took charge of their Class 3, District 14 meeting with Carrollton early Tuesday night and then put it in cruise control for a 52-34 victory over the Trojans. The win at Higginsville not only put the Spartans in the semifinals against Knob Noster, but also ended Richmond’s MRVC East play with an 8-2 record.
Tuesday night’s game was also included as a conference game to make up for last Friday’s game at Carrollton that was cancelled due to a lockdown there.
The Spartans’ third win over the Trojans this season ends Carrollton’s year with a 6-15 overall record to go along with a 1-9 mark in the league. Richmond improves to 18-7 and will meet the Panthers for the third time this season. Knob Noster (20-7) edged Summit Christian 57-55 in its first-round contest Tuesday evening.
Richmond wasted little time Tuesday night as Reid Summers hit a pair of buckets in the opening minute for a 5-0 lead. The Spartans grabbed a 17-4 cushion in the opening period on the way to taking a 20-8 lead into the second period.
The Spartans opened the second quarter with a 10-0 run as they pulled away from their MRVC East rivals. The Trojans finally got something going offensively late in the period, but Richmond managed to take a 35-18 advantage into the intermission.