RICHMOND — Over the first third of the season, the Richmond High School girls’ basketball team struggled to find a consistent offensive rhythm.

Since that 0-6 start, the Bobcats have discovered several strategies that have worked, winning five of their last six Mountain Valley Conference contests, including Wednesday’s 54-23 victory over winless Wiscasset.

Richmond (5-7) scored the game’s first 27 points, held a 33-3 halftime lead and coasted to the victory, using a patient, pass-first offense, along with smart shot selection.

“The girls played well and we were able to work on some stuff,” said Richmond coach Mike Ladner. “Our confidence has grown and we have developed some chemistry.”

Hannah Moholland had the hot hand in the first quarter for the Bobcats, scoring 13 of her game-high 15 points as Richmond darted out to a 21-0 lead.

Wiscasset (0-12) missed all seven of its first-quarter shots and turned the ball over 11 times.

Sydnie Thayer finally made Wiscasset’s first basket, a 3-pointer with 5:17 remaining until halftime. The Wolverines made just 1-of-15 from the field and committed 19 first-half turnovers.

“At halftime, we realized that we weren’t ready that first half,” said Thayer.

Richmond forward Macy Carver had eight points at the half, while point guard Caitlin Kendrick dished out seven assists.

“Now, we have patience on offense, and that has worked for us,” Ladner said after his team made 15-of-36 shots through 16 minutes.

Jade Rego had six rebounds for Wiscasset, while Zoe Waltz had five points, five rebounds and three assists.

Ladner used his bench throughout the second half, with starters Carver and Bryannah Shea picking up seven points apiece. Carver was solid inside, pulling in eight rebounds and matching Moholland with 15 points. Bryanne Lancaster chipped in eight points and nine boards, while Kendrick finished with four points, nine assists, five rebounds and four steals.

“Early in the season, we played nervous,” said Ladner of his team’s turnaround. “They need to believe in themselves and have patience on offense while continuing to play good, sound defense.”

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