Richfield girls basketball squad posts two impressive wins

Richfield rebounded in positive fashion from a loss to Bloomington Kennedy in holiday girls basketball tourney action.ri10girlsbb

The Spartans boosted their record to 7-3 with two wins last week over North St. Paul and Minneapolis South.

The Spartans finished second in the Richfield Optimists Holiday Basketball Tournament Dec. 27-28.

Richfield defeated Cambridge-Isanti 65-40 in first-round action before losing 88-53 to Kennedy in the championship game.

“We bounced back well from that loss to Kennedy and turned it around offensively in our last two games,” said Richfield head coach Scott Stadem. “Our game with Kennedy was closer than the final score indicates.

“We were down by only six points in the second half. But Kennedy created turnovers that resulted in transition baskets and allowed them to pull away.”

However, Richfield demonstrated its resiliency twice last week. The Spartans beat host North St. Paul 75-35 Jan. 4.

“We created good shots and hit them in that game,” said Stadem. “We built a 56-21 halftime lead making 18 of 24 free throws and 18 of 34 field goals.”

Kyla Adams, a sophomore forward, topped the Richfield scoring chart with 22 points.

Senior point guard Jessica January continued her all-state skills scoring 21 points and dishing out six assists.

Sierra Ford-Washington, a senior guard, contributed nine points and five assist.

Hailey Lindblom, a senior guard, returned from an injury and pulled down eight rebounds.

“It was nice to get Lindblom back into the lineup,” said Stadem. “But we will be missing Leah Barnes for a few weeks because of a knee injury.”

Richfield had little difficulty posting a 65-25 victory over Minneapolis South Jan. 2. The Spartans bolted to a 19-0 lead and expanded that advantage to 55-11 by halftime.

Four Spartan players scored in double figures – January (18), Ford-Washington (13), Kailey Adams (10) and Kyla Adams (10).

Richfield split in its holiday tourney. The Spartans defeated Cambridge-Isanti 65-40 in first-round play.

January produced 23 points and six assists. Ford-Washington had 12 points and five assists.

But Richfield couldn’t contain Kennedy’s speed in the finals and dropped an 88-53 decision.

January netted 16 points and Ford-Washington finished with 13 points.

Richfield faces a busy upcoming schedule. The Spartans play Edina at 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 10.

Richfield travels to Tartan for a 7 p.m. Classic Suburban Conference contest Friday, Jan. 11.

The Spartans return home to battle Mahtomedi at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 15.