Lady Spartan comeback effort falls just short

Richmond junior Jenny Simpson (31) splits a pair of Holden defenders in the first quarter of the Lady Spartans’ MRVC East home game Tuesday night. (Photo by Russ Green/The Richmond News.)

By Russ Green-Sports Editor

The Richmond Lady Spartans and Holden Eagles got together for the second time within a two-week span Tuesday night in the RHS gym. In the earlier meeting at the Husker Classic, the Eagles had little trouble with Richmond in rolling to a 35-19 consolation final victory. Tuesday night, Holden had a fight on its hands, but held off the Lady Spartans 46-40.

After struggling with its offense in the first period, Richmond began to find its rhythm, but the early 9-point deficit was too much to overcome. Despite the loss that drops his Lady Spartans to 1-2 in the MRVC East and 2-7 overall, coach David Littrell saw some good things from his young squad.

“We took one step closer to putting four solid quarters of basketball together tonight in the varsity contest,” he said. “Making a 21-point turn around in a re-match from less than two weeks ago is a very promising sign for this team. Outside of the first quarter, we played some of the best basketball of the season, and in the first quarter we had a half dozen shots go half way down before they rattled out.”

An Andrea Woods basket with 1:20 remaining in the opening quarter accounted for Richmond’s early scoring as the Lady Eagles quickly jumped to a 7-0 lead and built a 9-2 advantage heading into the second period. The Holden lead increased to 11-2 before Richmond began to chip away. By the end of the half, the Lady Spartans had made it a one-possession game and trailed 18-15.

The Lady Spartans pulled to within a point, 20-19, in the first couple of minutes of the second half, but Holden answered with the next 5 points. Once again, Richmond fought back and trimmed the Lade Eagle lead to 2 points before a last second field goal by the visitors gave them a 29-25 lead going into the final 8 minutes.

The complete story is in the Thursday, Dec. 20, 2012 Richmond News.

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