By Russ Green-Sports Editor
Defense sparked the Richmond Lady Spartans to a win in their opening MRVC East contest Monday, and they came back with another good effort on Tuesday, but fell short against visiting Higginsville. Richmond had very little trouble in stopping Knob Noster 59-29 Monday night at the RHS gym, but fell into some tough shooting luck the following night in a 44-36 loss to visiting Higginsville.
Richmond, now 6-3 overall, held a 19-15 lead over the Lady Huskers at the half. Higginsville was able to solve the Lady Spartan defense in the third period behind the efforts of Emma Dyer and Sam Davis. Dyer posted 10 of her game-high 19 points in the third frame, while Davis hit for 8 her 18 points in the same quarter as the visitors held a 20-10 scoring advantage.
Richmond got a pair of 3-pointers from Kaylee Vantrump in the third quarter on her way to a 14-point effort for the night. The Lady Spartans spent the fourth period cutting into the Higginsville lead and were within two possessions late but the visitors held on for their fifth win in six games.
“I was very proud of the way the girls fought back,” RHS coach David Littrell said. “I thought we might see another comeback similar to last year that ended up costing Higginsville the conference title, but it didn’t go our way in the end this time. We had some great looks at the basket – the ball just didn’t fall in for us.”
Savannah Hamilton added 8 points to Richmond’s effort, with Miya O’Dell adding 6, while Madison Cole and Jenny Simpson chipped in 4 each.