Paige Curtis goes up for a jump shot.
Community R-VI head coach Bob Curtis said possessions and fresh players were key for the Lady Trojans’ 42-8 victory at Van-Far Thursday, November 29.
Community R-VI outscored Van-Far in all four quarters. The Lady Trojans led 8-2 in the first quarter and put up another 16 points by the half to hold a commanding 24-5 lead. Community R-VI went the fourth quarter 14-3 with the Lady Indians scoring no points in the fourth quarter after not taking a single shot.
“I think our press kind of helped speed up the game. We like to play full court,” Curtis said. “This season our defense is hopefully going to be our MO and generate good offense. One thing that stuck out for me in the second half, we ended up having 10 people score. We started the half with Jackson, who hit a three off the bench. Our back up point guard got a couple steals off the press and a couple lay ups. That gave us a quick seven.”
He said depth of scoring with multiple players helps the squad, of which stems from strong leadership in the Lady Trojan program.
“I think depth but we also have good seniors. Seniors Paige Harris and Paige Curtis have lead us scoring,” Curtis said. “We get sparked by those two ladies. This is not a new situation for them, they practice hard and play hard and it rubs off on everybody else.”
Curtis had nine points, 10 rebounds, four steals, and two assists. Harris had eight points, four rebounds, and two steals. Emmalee McCoskey tallied eight points, four rebounds, and two steals. Danielle Brooks had six points, three rebounds, three assists, and one steal. Samantha Jackson had three points, two rebounds, and one steal. Amelia Knipfel had two points, five steals, six rebounds, and one assist. Bianca Stafford had two points, three steals, and one rebound. Ashley Steele had two points, three rebounds, one block, and one steal.
Leah Mays added two steals and two assists. Morgan Kuda had one rebound, one steal, and one assist.
In the first half, the Lady Trojans were 3-for-19 shooting from the field and 6-for-9 from the line with three turnovers. Overall, Community R-VI was 16-for-52 from the field and 9-18 from the line with 11 turnovers.
Van-Far head coach Sarah Asbury said passing and shooting problems led the Lady Indians to the loss.
Asbury said the young squad is having issues with the basics of the game including mental preparation for a win.
“We had a lot of better help on defense,” Asbury said. “We were taking on defense better and we’re willing to play better as a team. We have a lot of work still to do. We’re still a young team.”
Renee Nelson had four points and four rebounds. Breanna Strange had three points, three rebounds, three steals with one block, and one assist. Ciara Craven had two rebounds and one assist. Kambrie Hartsell had two rebounds and Brooke Johnson had one point and seven rebounds.
Van-Far was 2-for-12 shooting from the field in the first half and 1-for-5 from the line with 13 turnovers. For the game, the Lady Indians were 3-for-19 from the field and 2-for-10 from the line with 28 turnovers.
“We had a lot of good looks,” Asbury said, referencing less forced shots in the game against the Lady Trojans than Mark Twain. “The shots just didn’t make it into the basket. They knew and I knew it would be a long season coming. I just told the girls we still have a lot of hard work in practice. We have a lot to improve on.”
Lady Trojans win season opener
Community R-VI team traveled to Mark Twain for their season opener to knock off the Lady Tigers 34-27 Tuesday, November 27.
Community R-VI led 11-2 by the start of the second quarter and picked up another six points by the end of the half to leave Mark Twain trailing 17-7. The Lady Trojans outscored the Lady Tigers 9-8 in the third quarter with Mark Twain outscoring Community R-VI 12-8 in the fourth quarter.
“As expected Paige Curtis and Paige Harris provided great leadership and lead us in scoring in our first game of the season,” Curtis said. “Defense was solid in the first half allowing only seven points to the Tigers at break.”
Curtis had nine points with eight rebounds and Harris had seven points. Other leading scorers for the game were McCoskey with six points and Knipfel with five points.
“McCoskey did a nice job off the bench in the third quarter when we had a bit of foul trouble, scoring six points in that time frame,” Curtis added.
Community R-VI had 14 fouls for the game against 13 fouls committed by Mark Twain.
The Lady Trojans knocked off Madison 50-18 in the squad’s home opener on Friday, November 30.
Community R-VI led 20-2 in the first quarter and finshed the second quarter with a 17-2 drive against the Lady Panthers. Madison rallied in the third quarter and outscored Community R-VI 11-8 but the Lady Panthers still trailed by 30 points coming into the fourth quarter.
“We shot around 50 percent and had 20 points in the first quarter. That really set the tone for the game,” Curtis said.
Curtis led Community R-VI with 12 points for the game. Other leading scorers were Harris and McCoskey with 8 points. Brooks had five points and Knipfel tallied four points.
“I was really excited about the first half,” Curtis said. “They were in the zone. We hit our first shots from the perimeter very well. Perimeter shots opened up the inside lanes for Paige Harris and Paige Curtis.”
The Lady Trojans were 15-for-30 from the field in the first half and 4-for-7 from the line. Overall, Community R-VI was 19-for-48 from the field and 10-for-18 from the line.