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Lady Spartans roll in opener

Richmond’s Jenny Simpson (31) draws a foul as she goes toward the basket during the third quarter of the Lady Spartans’ 62-38 win at Excelsior Springs Monday night. (Photo by Russ Green/Richmond News.)

Richmond’s Jenny Simpson (31) draws a foul as she goes toward the basket during the third quarter of the Lady Spartans’ 62-38 win at Excelsior Springs Monday night. (Photo by Russ Green/Richmond News.)

By Russ Green-Sports Editor

After a slight stumble out of the gate, the Richmond Lady Spartans passed their first test of the 2013-14 basketball season with flying colors Monday night. Richmond put together a strong second half on the way to a 62-38 win at Excelsior Springs.

The Lady Spartans turned a 5-point lead at halftime into a rout by outscoring the Lady Tigers 18-7 in the third period and closed out the night with a 17-9 scoring advantage over the final 8 minutes.

Lady Spartan coach David Littrell said his team did a much better job of running the offense starting late in the second quarter.

“In the first part of the game, we were reacting more than acting with our movement,” he said. “Earlier, we also had a problem with our spacing and then got that straightened out. Our guards did a much better job of getting our inside/outside game going by attacking the basket.”

Littrell also added his team’s conditioning helped in the second half.

“It all goes to the tremendous work our girls turned in during the off-season,” he said. “We had plenty left in the tank, especially late in the third quarter and into the fourth.”

Richmond’s depth also paid off as 10 different Lady Spartans scored before the night was over.

Leading the way was freshman Kaylee Vantrump as she knocked down five 3-point buckets on the way to scoring a game-high 19 points.

The complete story is in the Tuesday, Nov. 26, 2013 Richmond News.

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