By Russ Green-Sports Editor
In winning their first three games of the season by an average of almost 30 points per contest, the Richmond Lady Spartans faced very little adversity. Richmond faced its first big challenge of the young season in the opener of the Husker Classic Monday night. The Lady Spartans met the challenge and survived a 40-35 overtime decision over fourth-seeded O’Hara.
The No. 5 seeded Lady Spartans meet top-seeded Brookfield in the semifinals this evening at 6 in the East gym at Higginsville.
Richmond coach David Littrell said his young team gained some valuable experience.
“We knew coming in they would be a very physical team and they had the ability to make runs on the offensive end,” he said. “Our only stumble was playing a little anxious in the second half and letting them get back in the game, but it was great to see our players respond to the challenge and take advantage of our opportunities to finish the game on top in the overtime.”
O’Hara (2-3) entered the fourth period trailing 30-20 and were down by 9 with 2:44 remaining in regulation. The Lady Celtics reeled off the final 9 points of the fourth quarter – 5 from Gabrielle Cook to send the game into overtime. No field goals were made in overtime as the game was settled at the free throw line.
The complete story is in the Thursday, Dec. 12, 2013 Richmond News.