From start to finish, this one was all Red Devils.
Richmond scored the game’s first 19 points en route to a rout Wednesday night as the home team halted Franklin County 64-35 at Tiernan Center.
Destiny Perkins led all scorers with 16 points, and the freshman guard was eager to get back on the court one night after the Devils dropped a close one, 57-53 at Greenfield-Central.
“Last night was really hard for me losing. I played my heart out, so did my team,” Perkins said. “We fought back really hard.
“To get this win is really good, especially going into Saturday.”
Saturday marks the start of North Central Conference play for RHS as the Red Devils travel to Anderson.
Wednesday marked a dominating outing from Richmond.
Several Red Devils got in on the scoring act. Junior standout Mackenzie Taylor continued her valuable contributions by scoring 14 points on 5-of-5 shooting from the field, and 2-of-2 from the free-throw line.
Taylor, who has verbally committed to Wright State, is still seeing limited minutes because of an ACL tear in the summer.
“She’s a tough kid,” RHS coach Casey Pohlenz said of Taylor.
Bailey Hillard netted 10 points for the Red Devils, with Paetyn Claiborne scoring nine.
Brandi Sims, Kelsey Luce, Tahsiah Ferguson, Hannah Goddard and Sarah Richards also added points for RHS, with Goddard grabbing a team-high six rebounds.
Richards finished with five rebounds, and Hillard and Perkins had three each.
“They (Franklin County) made us better tonight,” Pohlenz said. “They really spread us out there at the end. We got a good chance to work on some things. We got a lot of kids minutes and I thought they responded well. I was happy with the second half.”
The start to the first half wasn’t too bad, either.
RHS surged to a 19-0 lead, holding Franklin County scoreless until an Alysia Powell basket with 2:22 left in the period.
Powell led the Wildcats (0-7) with 14 points.
RHS was up 23-5 after one quarter and took a 39-16 advantage into halftime.
“It helped us get focused,” Perkins said of building the big lead. “Last night we played well, but coming into this game (we said), ‘We’re going to win this game. We need a win’
“I like how fast we are. We’re not selfish at all. We always pick each other up.”
Richmond (4-2) visits an Anderson team on Saturday that is 4-2 overall and 1-0 in the NCC after a 63-34 win over Muncie Central on Dec. 7.
“Our conference is so competitive, and it’s so close,” Pohlenz said. “You don’t have enough games you can afford to give one up.
“We really need to go up there and get off on the right foot, and they’re really good.”