Huskers Struggle Early Then Roll to Victory

| January 18, 2013
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Richmond would win the opening tip-off and lead at the half 30-28; but the second half was completely different.

The Richmond Spartans were on the road Friday night to Higginsville to take on the undefeated 14-0 Huskers of Lafayette County C-1.

The Spartans were 10-3 coming into this contest and started off with the opening tip-off in their favor. The Huskers struggled to establish a rhythm in the opening minutes but settled down midway through the first either tied with the Spartans or trailing by a possession. At the end of one it was 14-14.

The second saw more of the same though Tyrelle Thirkield would foreshadow what was too come in the second half by dropping 3 three pointers to keep pace with Richmond. LenDarrius Pritchett drained two three pointers which led to a 28-30 lead at the half.

When the third quarter started, that’s when the hammer dropped on the Spartans as Lafayette County would go on an 18-4 run. That was due to the suffocating defense of the Huskers led by steals and interceptions by Thirkield.

In the fourth it was more of the same as Pritchett was held to just 4 second half points, putting the burden on Reid Summers who struggled in the first half with his three point shots. Summers was able to drop two from outside the line in the second half but it was not going to be nearly enough as the Huskers roll to a 72-49 victory.

Richmond was led in scoring by Reid Summers and LenDarrius Pritchett who both put up 8. The Spartans are now 10-4 and will enter Hamilton Tournament play starting Monday.

The Huskers were led by Tyrelle Thirkield who put up 34 points in the victory with 11 points each from Landon Figg and Brett Nolte. Thirkield went 4 for 4 from the foul line and dropped 4 three pointers. The Huskers remain undefeated at 15-0 heading into the Slater Tournament as the number 1 seed and will face off against Slater Monday.

Mike Stone interviews Husker Tyrell Thirkield after a 34 point performance in a 72-49 victory.

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