Lady Spartans set the pace

Kristin Vantrump (left) and Haley Sowder (right) demonstrate the swarming defense the Lady Spartans displayed in their 56-28 win over Lexington. (Photo by Russ Green/Richmond News.)

By Russ Green-Sports Editor

Richmond Coach David Littrell said his team would be relying on quickness at both ends of the court to fuel its success for the new basketball season. Tuesday night, in a crowded RHS gym, the Lady Spartans showed off their quickness and depth as they opened the year with an impressive 56-28 victory over Lexington.

Twelve Lady Spartans scored and the defense forced numerous turnovers and frustrated the visitors as Richmond led wire to wire. One of the elder statesmen, junior Jenny Simpson, led the Lady Spartan scoresheet with 12 points, while fellow junior Andrea Woods also reached double figures with 10 points. Freshman Miya O’Dell hit for 9 points, while senior Emma Long added 7.

Sarah Davis scored 4 for Richmond, with Savannah Hamilton, Maddy Zeller, Mallory Cole, Madison Cole, Lisa Vantrump, Kerrigan Maddox and Cassidy Layman chipping in 2 points apiece.

The Lady Spartans hit the first three buckets of the night and never looked back. Lexington answered with back-to-back baskets, but never got any closer than 2 points. Richmond held an 11-6 lead going into the second period and built the advantage to 17-8 midway through the second quarter before taking a 25-12 edge at the intermission.

 The complete story is in the Thursday, Nov. 22, 2012 Richmond News.

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