Defense key to Lady Trojans’ success in 2012-2013
Community R-VI girls basketball team. Front row, from left: Samantha Jackson (So.), Amelia Knipfel (Jr.), Morgan Kuda (Jr.), Ashley Steele (Jr.), Paige Harris (Sr.), Paige Harris (Sr.), Bianca Stafford (Jr.), Julie Hale (Jr.), Leah Mays (Jr.), and Emmalee McCoskey (Jr.). Back row: Head coach Bob Curtis, Mikyla Wagner (Fr.), Danielle Brooks (Fr.), Courtney Bertels (Fr.), Stephanie Smith (Fr.), Rebecca Hagan (Fr.), Courtney Wieberg (Fr.), Karissa Graves (Fr.), and coach Holly Gemes.
Community R-VI varsity girls head coach Bob Curtis is expecting a solid defense to carry the Lady Trojans through conference competition.
The Lady Trojans squad moved to Class 1, District 9.
Curtis said Community R-VI will be among the larger schools in the district and the move will give the Lady Trojans squad a chance to play competitive schools with similar enrollments.
“I believe our defense will give us the opportunity to win each and every night as long as we don’t have scoring droughts like we had at times last year,” Curtis said.
He said key players for the season are seniors Paige Harris and Paige Curtis along with newcomers Ashley Steele and Danielle Brooks.
“We had a good summer winning a lot of close ball games and will be deeper than we have been in a few years,” Curtis said.
On defense, Curtis said the Lady Trojan program will make some changes this year on top of the move to a different class.
“The speed and the depth of this team changes the way we like to play a little bit,” he said. “We will be able to go nine or 10 deep and sub a lot as well to keep fresh players on the floor.”
Offensively, he said a revamping will allow the girls to cater to a solid post-core while extensive summer-time work on the Lady Trojan guards will make the program a bigger threat on the perimeter.
He said in the conference this year will be Bowling Green and Silex with Chamois and Glasgow being the coming tests within the new district.
The Lady Trojans finished 11-14 on the season last year with a 5-4 conference record.
“We have set our goals very high to be in the hunt for conference title and possibly a district title come February,” Curtis said.