Girls reach 8-0 start; boys push streak to three wins

Richfield boys basketball is off a 5-2 start after an emphatic 103-55 win over Spectrum to open play at the Providence Academy Holiday Tournament on Dec. 26. 

The Spartans surpassed the previous season-high points total set in an 85-58 win at home over Minneapolis Roosevelt Dec. 20. That win began what was a three-game winning streak after Richfield turned away Milwaukee (Wisconsin) Vincent on Saturday 74-67.

Coach Omar McMillan spread the production around Spectrum with 10 different players factoring in the final score. Junior Lamar Grayson led the way with 29 points, Isaiah Casey Hammond had 17 points, Ryan Miles and Amir Evans each had 11 points and Jeff Moore had nine points. Richfield opened a 57-25 lead by the half and increased that by 16 points in the second half for the 48-point victory.

The weekend before Christmas began with another big opening half this time against Roosevelt as they started on a 17-2 run and extended the lead to 49-25 in the opening half.

Miles and Mitchell January paced the Spartans with 30 and 29 points, respectively.

The next day Richfield welcomed Milwaukee (Wisconsin), Vincent, to the Spartans gym for a Saturday doubleheader with the girls’ basketball team. 

Richfield completed the boys and girls program sweep as the girls improved to 8-0 on the season.

The boys emerged with a 74-67 win after leading by three points at the break. 

Grayson and January guided the Spartans with 23 and 22 points, respectively. Miles added 12 points and 6-foot-4 sophomore Jaden Wollmuth contributed 11 points. 

Girls reach 8-0

Richfield set a new program record with an 8-0 start following a 74-39 win over Milwaukee Vincent on Saturday.

The win came after a 66-61 victory over Jefferson on Dec. 17. The Powells, freshman Taleigha Powell and senior Tianna Powell led Richfield in scoring with 18 and 16 points, while seniors Molly Stark and Corrina Hartman each had 10 points.

The Spartans took part in a holiday tournament in Bemidji Dec. 27-28 opening against Detroit Lakes on Friday and Hibbing on Saturday. Look for a recap in the Jan. 9 edition of the Sun Current.

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