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Lady Spartans overcome sluggish start to record seventh win

Mallory Cole (11) races past a pair of Warrenton defenders to score late in Friday night’s game at the NCMC Holiday Hoops. Richmond spotted the Lady Warriors a 10-point lead, but came back to earn a 57-50 victory and will take a 7-3 record into Friday night’s MRVC East meeting with Holden in the RHS gym. (Photo by Russ Green/Richmond News.)

Mallory Cole (11) races past a pair of Warrenton defenders to score late in Friday night’s game at the NCMC Holiday Hoops. Richmond spotted the Lady Warriors a 10-point lead, but came back to earn a 57-50 victory and will take a 7-3 record into Friday night’s MRVC East meeting with Holden in the RHS gym. (Photo by Russ Green/Richmond News.)

By Russ Green-Sports Editor

For the second year in a row, the Richmond Lady Spartans got off to a slow start against Warrenton at the NCMC Holiday Hoops in Trenton Friday afternoon. However, for the second year in a row, the Lady Spartans were able to shake off the slow start and came back to earn a 57-50 win over the Lady Warriors.

Last year’s win snapped a five-game losing skid, and Friday’s win gave Richmond its seventh victory in 10 games. After the opening tip, it appeared that Warrenton would be well on its way to its third win of the season as the Lady Warriors bolted to a 10-0 lead with 5:24 remaining in the opening quarter. Richmond did not get its first field goal of the contest until Madison Cole found the range with 3:29 left to cut the Warrenton lead to 12-5.

“We were really passive on defense,” Richmond coach David Littrell said. “Everything we wanted to take away from them, they were able to do against us. Once we got settled down, the defense helped create our offense and kept their guards from attacking the basket.”

The Lady Spartans began finding the range from 3-point land as the first quarter drew to a close. Kylee Vantrump hit back-to-back treys and Miya O’Dell hit another 3-pointer as time expired during an 11-2 run to help Richmond tie the game 16-16 entering the second period.

The complete story is in the Monday, Dec. 30, 2013 Richmond News.

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