Community R-VI girls team ready for season
Community R-VI Lady Trojans. Front row, from left: Karissa Graves, Amelia Knipfel, Emmalee McCoskey, Ashley Steele, Sam Jackson, and Danielle Brooks. Back row: Head Coach Stacie Carroz, Danie Jackson, Samm Jett, Rebecca Hagan, Lexus LaGesse, Kalynn Hilderman, and Head Coach Bob Curtis. Not pictured: Mikyla Wagner.
Last season, the Lady Trojans won their season opener by beating the Mark Twain Lady Tigers, 34-27.
Two days later, the Lady Trojans beat the Van-Far Lady Indians 42-8, followed by a 50-18 win against the Madison Lady Panthers in their home opener.
Following a 16-10 season, Head coach Bob Curtis and assistant coach Stacie Carroz hope to contend for a conference and district title this season.
“We should be tough on the glass as this team rebounds very well. Also, we have very athletic guards that are going to put a lot of pressure on opposing ball-handlers. We hope to force a lot of turnovers with our defense that lead to easy transition lay-ups,” Curtis said.
Although the Lady Trojans lost both all-conference selections Paige Harris and Paige Curtis to graduation, they have returning starters and promising newcomers.
“The ability to shoot the 3 pointer and good post play will make us hard to guard as our starting five can all score the ball. We have good balance and are in the process of developing our bench to make us deeper,” Curtis said.
Returning starters are Mia Knipfel, Emmalee McCoskey, and Danielle Brooks. McCoskey was named second team, all-conference last season.
“Newcomers are Sam Jett, a sophomore new to our program that will make an immediate impact in our starting line-up. She is a very polished guard that will fit right in with Danielle and Mia as a Lady Trojan guard. Ashley Steele and Samantha Jackson will platoon at the four spot and add a great toughness to our team. Senior Emmalee McCoskey was our second leading scorer behind Paige Curtis a year ago and will cause trouble for opposing post players,” Curtis said.
The Lady Trojans’ season ended last year after a loss in the district semi-finals.