Columbia Star

Lady Diamonds fly by A.C. Flora

The Lower Richland girls’ basketball team used a high-tempo game plan and a stingy press to cruise past A.C. Flora 56-29 Tuesday, January 10.

The Diamond Hornets outscored the Falcons 33-10 in fast break points and controlled play throughout most of the game.

“We were looking to do that…picking it up, pressing,” said Lower Richland head coach Debbie Stroman. “We had some intensity and enthusiasm tonight, and I think the players controlled their emotions really, really well.”

As for the tempo of the game, Stroman said her team is comfortable playing at either speed.

“We do like to run but what we’re doing now is slow- ing the pace down and running a little half-court set,” she said. “I think a lot of people see us as a running team, but we do have the ability to slow it down and run a great offensive set.”

A sluggish first quarter by both teams gave way to a 13-3 run by the Diamond Hornets to open the second quarter and a 25-13 halftime lead as seven players scored for Lower Richland (8-3, 3-1).

Despite the lopsided win, Stroman sees plenty of room for improvement when asked if her team is playing at the level she expects at this point in the season.

“Oh, gosh no!” she said. “I consider us a learning team. There’s no way we’re going to stall here at the beginning January. We have a lot of work to do.”

Senior guard Justice Nathan led all scorers with 12 points for Lower Richland—10 coming on the fast break— while sophomore Breshay Johnson finished with 10 points.

A.C. Flora’s Simoy Evans led the Falcons with 11 points while fellow senior Allie Gaddis finished with eight.

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