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Lady Spartans rebound from first-round loss

Madison Cole (24) uses a screen from teammate Savannah Hamilton (2) to get around a Hamilton defender in Tuesday night’s loss in the Lawson Invitational. (Photo by Russ Green/Richmond News.)

Madison Cole (24) uses a screen from teammate Savannah Hamilton (2) to get around a Hamilton defender in Tuesday night’s loss in the Lawson Invitational. (Photo by Russ Green/Richmond News.)

By Russ Green-Sports Editor

Although the offense sputtered in the opening round, the Richmond Lady Spartans bounced back one night later to advance to the consolation game of the Lawson Invitational. Richmond will take a 9-5 record into Friday night’s 5 p.m. meeting with Gallatin as the Lady Spartans aim for their second straight Lawson consolation trophy.

Richmond, the No. 4 seed, opened the tournament Tuesday with a 35-30 loss to fifth-seeded Hamilton, but came back Wednesday night with a 60-21 victory over Carrollton.

The Richmond offense could not get going one night earlier against the Lady Hornets. Morgan Prather proved to be tough for Hamilton as she scored a game-high 23 points – most of those coming down low or on second-chance baskets. Lady Spartan coach David Littrell said his team’s offensive problems caused some problems on the defensive end as well.

“We were very passive on defense, especially on the interior,” he said. “When our shots aren’t falling, we need to learn to step it up on the defensive end. We were way too reactionary defensively and that led to them getting inside on us and getting second chances.”

The complete story is in the Thursday, Jan. 20, 2014 Richmond News.

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