By Russ Green-Sports Editor
It was a tough way to end a basketball season for the Richmond Spartans Tuesday night in the opening round of the Class 3, District 14 tournament played on their home court. The Spartans, despite taking a 17-8 record into the tournament, entered as the No. 6 seed to face No. 3 seeded Summit Christian Academy.
The Eagles dominated from start to finish Tuesday night in a 60-29 knockout to advance to tonight’s semifinal with Knob Noster – a 65-39 winner over Lexington in the first round.
Summit Christian will take a 21-5 mark into this evening’s 7:30 p.m. contest, while No. 1 seeded Higginsville (24-1) meets No. 4 seed O’Hara (14-9), a 45-43 winner over St. Paul Lutheran Tuesday.
Tuesday night’s loss also brought the high school career of Reid Summers to a close. The Eagles defense smothered the Spartan sharpshooter and held him to a season-low 9 points. Summers’ lone field goal of the night came with 1:24 remaining in the third quarter.
“That’s a tough way for him to have it end,” Richmond Coach Duane Bastob said. “They did a great job of staying with him all over the court. I think he might have gotten a little frustrated and that might have carried over into his shooting as well as his shot selection.”
Summers leaves with 2,036 career points – a school record. He also leaves with a school mark of 11 3-pointers in a game and 399 career 3-pointers, which is also a state record.
The Christian defense forced several Spartan turnovers throughout the night, which also kept Richmond from getting anything going on the offensive end.
The complete story is in the Thursday, Feb. 27, 2014 Richmond News.