Balanced victory

The Richmond Lady Spartans jumped out of the gate early in their consolation semifinal matchup with West Platte Wednesday night. Unlike their first-round game of the Hamilton Invitational, Richmond kept its early momentum and sailed to a 53-26 victory over the Lady Jays.
The Lady Spartans, now 7-8 for the season, put the first 13 points of the game on the board and were on their way to Friday night’s consolation final at 5 p.m. Richmond had three players reach double-digit scoring with Kayla Hewitt hitting for a game-high 18, followed by Ariel Hoard with 13 and Chelsea Hook with 12.
“The girls played a great game tonight,” Richmond Coach David Littrell said. “They came out and executed our game plan from the start. Our scoring attack was very balanced tonight. The girls are doing a much better job getting into position to score.
These girls are doing a great job playing team basketball. I am very impressed with how well they share the basketball.”
Richmond’s 13-0 run to begin the game was interrupted by a 3-point bucket by Kassie Popper midway through the opening period. The Lady Spartans’ pressure defense would help them take a 19-3 lead into the second quarter. Five different Lady Spartans scored in the first 8 minutes.
PHOTO: Richmond’s Ariel Hoard races a West Platte opponent for a loose ball during the Lady Spartans’ 53-26 victory Wednesday night. Richmond will play for consolation of the Hamilton Invitational Friday night at 5 p.m. (Photo by Russ Green/The Daily News.)

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