13-0 Spartans take no prisoners to lofty heights 

Richfield is a perfect 2-0 in 2020 and a remarkable 13-0 after Saturday’s 66-61 win over neighbor Bloomington Kennedy.

Winter break was a busy stretch for the Spartans who traveled to Bemidji for a pair of games Dec. 27-28 to take part in the Bemidji Christmas Classic.

Intros

Richfield senior guard Tianna Powell, middle, high-fives her way through the introduction line before Saturday’s 66-61 win over Kennedy. Young members of the Richfield Girls Basketball Association show their support for the Spartans during intros.

Richfield led Detroit Lakes by nine points at halftime in a 65-50 victory at the neutral site game. Senior Molly Stark paced the Spartans with 18 points, followed by senior Tianna Powell with 12 points and freshman Taleigha Powell with 11 points. 

Saturday’s game was much closer, as Hibbing led 26-24 at halftime. But a 32-24 run in the second half closed out the victory for Richfield in a 56-50 final score.

The Spartans shot 35 percent from the field, converting 12-of-26 free throws. Stark led the team with 15 points, eight rebounds, three assists and three steals. Tianna Powell was one basket away from a double-double with seven points to go along with 10 rebounds, three steals and two assists.

Taleigha Powell

Richfield freshman guard Taleigha Powell hustles the ball up the court during the first of the 66-61 win over Kennedy to improve to 13-0. The Spartans won both games at the Bemidji Christmas Classic, defeating Detroit Lakes 65-50 Dec. 27 and Hibbing 56-50 Dec. 28. 

Richfield turned the ball over 17 times but forced Hibbing to turn the ball over 25 times, including 15 steals.

Opening tip

Kennedy sophomore Nariah Dismukes, right, reaches for the opening tip against Richfield senior Molly Starks during their non-conference game played at Richfield High School on Saturday. The Spartans defended the home floor with a 66-61 win.

One night before the key match up with Kennedy, the Spartans pulled away in the second half for a 72-59 win at Eau Claire North (Wisconsin) led by 17 points from senior Corrina Hartman and 16 points from Tianna Powell. Freshman Taleigha Powell finished with 13 points and Stark had 10 points.

Fametta Zubah

Richfield junior Fametta Zubah lines-up free throw during the first of Saturday’s win over Kennedy to improve to 13-0 on the season. The Spartans won 72-59 at Eau Claire North (Wisconsin) on Friday before returning home to take on the Eagles.

The Spartans will have a big test at DeLaSalle (4-3) on Friday in a Tri Metro Conference contest starting at 7 p.m. The Islanders are coming off a 79-70 overtime win at ranked Eden Prairie and faced Holy Angels in Richfield on Tuesday. 

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