Pritchett, Vandiver cruise to victory in final game together

Ashton Vandiver (No. 32) receives his medal following the Lions District 26-M5 all-star boys basketball game last Saturday night at Lafayette County High School in Higginsville. Vandiver, who graduated in May from Richmond, was one of two Richmond players who participated. The other was Andre Pritchett. (Photo by Shawn Roney/For the Richmond News)

By Shawn Roney/For The Richmond News

Andre Pritchett did something last Saturday night he had never done in a basketball game.

Playing for the Purple Team in the Lions District 26-M5 boys all-star basketball game at Lafayette County High School, the 2018 Richmond High School graduate attempted a layup early in the second half. The ball failed to go through the hoop. Instead, it rested on the back iron of the basket.

“I have no idea how that happened,” he remarked. “I’ve never seen that before. And I hope it never happens again.”

Pritchett made enough shots, however, to help the Purple Team cruise past the Gold Team 96-82 and win his team’s Most Valuable Player Award. The soon-to-be University of Central Missouri freshman also won a free-throw shooting contest on Saturday afternoon at Lafayette County. According to Pritchett, his performance in the free-throw contest was in keeping with his ability to make free throws when he played for Richmond.

“Last year, I was the best on the team for free throws,” he said. “I averaged the highest.”

Pritchett was one of two Richmond players to participate in the all-star game for recent high school graduates. Joining him was Ashton Vandiver. For Vandiver, who plans to pursue a personal-finance degree at the University of Missouri-Columbia, the victory allowed him to end his interscholastic sports career on a high note.

“It felt a lot better than our district championship (game) did, for sure,” he said, referring to Richmond’s loss to St. Paul Lutheran of Concordia in the Class 3 District 15 title game.

The complete version of this story appears in the Tuesday, June 12, edition of the Richmond News.

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