In a potential sectional round matchup on Senior Night, the Community R-VI Lady Trojans picked up perhaps their most impressive win of the season with a 51-47 victory over Marion County.
The Lady Mustangs led the game for more than 31 minutes when Amelia Knipfel picked up a steal with the Lady Trojans trailing by one at :52.2 seconds remaining in the game.
She was fouled and made both free throws to give the Lady Trojans their first lead of the game.
Emmalee McCoskey made a steal six seconds later and hit the front end of her one-and-one. Up three points, Knipfel picked up another steal with 1.5 seconds remaining and made a late free throw to seal the impressive four point victory.
“It was an exciting game from tip to finish,” said Community R-VI head coach Bob Curtis. “We went on a 16-2 run to the close the game and seal the win. Our seniors were huge tonight during their last home game of their careers.”
The Lady Mustangs had an 11-point first quarter edge after they made a 7-0 run.
Jett took over in the second quarter with two 3-pointers and 10 points to cut the lead to 22-20.
Marion County led 29-24 at halftime as the Lady Trojans made just 9-of-32 shots from the field.
Community R-VI maintained their pace in a low scoring third quarter before finishing the game on a 16-2 run
Jett scored a team-high 16 points, four steals, two assists, two rebounds, and one block. Knipfel added 13 points, five steals, three assists, and one block; McCoskey had five points, 15 rebounds, three blocks, and two steals; Danielle Brooks tallied seven points, eight rebounds, four steals, and one block; Ashley Steele added eight points, eight rebounds, and three blocks; and Rebecca Hagan scored two points with two rebounds.
The Lady Trojans moved their EMO Conference record over the .500 mark on Saturday when they knocked off the Silex Lady Owls 58-47 after making 20-of-24 free throws.
Community R-VI made 11-of-13 free throws in the fourth quarter to seal the victory.
They led 27-17 at halftime before holding on late.
“I’m very proud of the record the girls compiled in the regular season…,” Curtis said of his team who was 16-8 heading into districts.
Jett scored a team-high 22 points and four rebounds while McCoskey added a double-double of 10 points and 11 rebounds. Brooks scored nine points with four assists.
The Lady Trojans began their week with a victory over Westran at Moberly Area Community College.
Community R-VI led 13-6 at the end of the first quarter before Westran rallied to take a 25-22 lead at halftime.
The Lady Trojans’ defense took over in the second half, holding Westran to just 12 points, with them scoring only three points in the fourth quarter as they won 44-37.
“(It was a) nice win on a college floor in a neat atmosphere for the girls playing ahead of the Lady Greyhounds who played State Fair later that night,” Curtis said.
Jett scored a team-high 15 points and four rebounds. McCoskey had a double-double of 11 points and 12 rebounds with three blocks. Brooks tallied 11 points and five assists.
On Tuesday night, the Lady Trojans picked up an EMO Conference victory over Montgomery County, 54-36.
The Lady Trojans led 26-19 at halftime and never looked back in the 18-point victory.
Montgomery County put up a fight early with their defense but the Lady Trojans cruised to a victory.
Jackson made 5-of-6 free throws during a crucial stretch and finished with seven points and four rebounds. Jett had 18 points; McCoskey scored a double-double of 11 points and 13 rebounds; while Jackson had seven points and four rebounds.
“Sam (Jackson) really stepped up,” Curtis said.
The Lady Trojans lost to Bowling Green on Friday night, 53-34.
The Lady Trojans trailed 25-18 at halftime and couldn’t get much closer in the 19-point loss.
Both Brooks and Steele missed time in the game due to injuries.
“We looked tired from a long week with four games in six days,” Curtis said.
Both Jett and McCoskey scored 13 points.