RHS hands Knob Noster first home loss, 67-63
By Russ Green-Sports Editor
The Richmond Spartans stayed in the MRVC East basketball race with a big 67-63 road victory Tuesday night at Knob Noster.
The Spartan offense ran well against a Panther defense that held Higginsville to 15 first-half points in a 59-52 overtime win Friday night. The Spartan win gives Richmond a 5-1 league mark, with Higginsville now at 6-1.
“It was a huge conference win,” Richmond Coach Duane Bastob said. “We battled a really good team all night and deserved to get this W. Everyone stepped up and competed huge.”
The Spartans shot 52 percent from the field, including 13 of 15 attempts inside the arc. Reid Summers led the Richmond scoring with 29 points with 8 rebounds and 3 assists. Lendarrius Pritchett chipped in 22 points while grabbing 6 rebounds and dishing out 8 of the Spartans’ 17 assists.
Knob Noster, now 4-3 in conference and 16-6 overall after suffering its first home loss of the season, was led by the outside shooting of Brett Marsh. Marsh hit three 3-point buckets and converted all eight attempts from the free throw line on his way to a 23-point effort.
The Panthers’ 6-7 junior David Barton pounded inside for 20 points, while Hayden Anderson added 10 points.
The Panthers relied on Barton to get them out to an early lead. He accounted for 6 first-quarter points as the Panthers grabbed a 20-17 lead. Knob Noster held its biggest lead of the game, 20-13, with 1:08 remaining in the first quarter before the Spartans began to claw their way back in.
The complete story is in the Thursday, Feb. 7, 2013 Richmond News.