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Richmond’s Kaylee Vantrump finds room inside of the Oak Grove defense during Tuesday night’s 50-32 win over the visiting Panthers. The Lady Spartan freshman had four 3-pointers in a 14-point effort. (Photo by Russ Green/Richmond News.)

Richmond’s Kaylee Vantrump finds room inside of the Oak Grove defense during Tuesday night’s 50-32 win over the visiting Panthers. The Lady Spartan freshman had four 3-pointers in a 14-point effort. (Photo by Russ Green/Richmond News.)

By Russ Green-Sports Editor

The Richmond Lady Spartans will head into next week’s Husker Classic in Higginsville with an unblemished 3-0 mark. After knocking off the Lady Tigers in Excelsior Springs last week, Richmond rolled past a pair of visitors in back-to-back games this week.

The Lady Spartans downed West Platte 56-24 Monday, and then never trailed Tuesday in a 50-32 decision over Oak Grove.

“That is probably the best basketball for a 24-hour period that I can remember,” RHS coach David Littrell said. “These kids came out ready to play both nights and it’s all attributed to the way they prepare in practice. These girls really practice hard.”

As they had on Monday, Richmond bolted out to an early lead against Oak Grove Tuesday night.

Oak Grove missed seven of its first eight field goal attempts. Meanwhile Richmond took advantage of the Lady Panther cold spell and jumped out to a 13-0 lead and was never threatened. Freshman Kaylee Vantrump sparked the opening run with three consecutive 3-point buckets. Vantrump, who hit five from outside the arc at Excelsior Springs, knocked down five more Monday against West Platte and ended Tuesday night with four on her way to a team-high 13 points.

“We came out and executed our game plan on offense and defense just like we drew it up,” Littrell said. “We did a good job on our inside and outside attack.”

Oak Grove did not get on the board until Dani O’Neill’s put-back with 2:31 remaining in the opening period.

The complete story is in the Thursday, Dec. 5, 2013 Richmond News.

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