Rushville Republican

November 27, 2012

Lady Lions win third straight

Aaron Kirchoff
Rushville Republican

RUSHVILLE — The visiting Lady Red Devils had the hot shooting hand in the first quarter, but the Lady Lions were able to pull away in the second half to post their third win in a row 65-50.

Richmond took its first lead at 7-4 on a 3-pointer by Alexis Davis. After a rebound bucket by Sarah Cook, Richmond’s Bailey Hillard hit from behind the arc. The Lady Red Devils scored eight straight points on a pair of 3-pointers by Mackenzie Taylor and bucket by Hillard to lead 18-9. Rushville closed the quarter with three free throws to cut the deficit to 18-12.

Keragan Niehoff and Cook scored the first two buckets of the second quarter as the Lady Lions began their comeback. Following a Richmond score, two straight buckets by Cook had the game tied at 20-20 before Richmond’s Taylor hit another from long range. Back-to-back buckets by Niehoff gave Rushville the lead at 24-23 and Cook’s traditional three-point play had the Lady Lions on top for good at 31-28.

Richmond closed the first half with a rebound bucket by Sarah Richards to cut the deficit to 31-30 at the half.

The Lady Lions opened the second half on a 12-2 run. Cook started the run and two straight buckets by Kelsi Ash had the Rushville lead at 43-32 midway through the third quarter. Rushville pushed the lead to 15 points on two occasions - on a bucket by Mackenzie Campbell and one by Niehoff. Richmond fought back with the final eight points of the quarter and trailed 51-44 heading to the fourth quarter.

The comeback by the Lady Red Devils was not to be. Rushville outscored the Lady Red Devils 14-6 in the fourth quarter - including 14-2 to start the frame. Mikayla Dougherty’s 3-pointer capped the scoring for the Lady Lions as Richmond scored the final four points to make the final margin 65-50.

Cook led the Lady Lions with 21 points. Campbell had 13 and Niehoff had 12. Richmond was led by Taylor with 23 points.

In the opening game, the Lady Red Devils struggled to score as Rushville went on to the 22-9 win. Rushville outscored the Lady Red Devils 11-6 in the first half and 11-3 in the second half. Rushville was led by Makayla Herbert with five points. Ellie Sammons had four.

The Lady Lions (3-2) travel to Greenfield-Central (1-4) Saturday. The junior varsity game is set for noon.



Box score

Rushville 65, Richmond 50

Scoring: Richmond - Hillard 2 1 0-0 7, Sims 1 0 0-0 2, Davis 1 2 0-0 8, Taylor 6 3 2-5 23, Foust 1 0 0-1 2, Claiborne 2 0 0-0 4, Goddard 1 0 0-0 2, Richards 1 0 0-0 2. Totals 15 6 2-6 50. Rushville - Flannery 1 0 0-0 2, Dougherty 1 2 0-2 8, Campbell 6 0 1-3 13, Niehoff 5 0 2-5 12, Ash 4 0 0-2 8, Cook 10 0 1-1 21, Yager 0 0 1-2 1. Totals 27 2 5-15 65.

JV game

Scoring: Richmond (9) - Hofer 4, Ferguson 2, Hall 1, Fields 2. Rushville (22) - Koors 2, Sammons 4, B. Niehoff 1, Herbert 5, Springman 2, Yager 2, Martindale 3, Woolston 3.

Contact: Aaron Kirchoff at 765-932-2222 ext. 114