Lady Trojans get big win over Van-Far
Van-Far’s Ciara Craven and Community R-VI’s Julie Hale do battle.
Two days after their defense allowed just eight points to Wright City, the Community R-VI Lady Trojans basketball team continued their dominating defense with an impressive 43-5 victory over rival Van-Far. Van-Far’s five points ties them for the fourth lowest total in a game by a team in state history.
The Lady Trojans also forced 38 turnovers.
“Our defense was very solid again tonight,” said Community R-VI head coach Bob Curtis. “In four of our first six games we have held our opponent to under 20 points.”
While Van-Far head coach Sarah Asbury was disappointed with the result, she was encouraged with how the team reacted in their next practice.
“The girls came in ready to practice and they’re ready to get better,” Asbury said. “They’re tired of losing. We’ve got to work on the basics.”
The Lady Trojans forced 20 turnovers and held Van-Far to just seven shots from the field before the Lady Indians scored their first basket of the game. Renee Nelson made a basket with 1:15 in the first half as Community R-VI led Van-Far 24-2 at halftime.
Senior Paige Curtis was dominant in the first half as she led with 10 of her game-high 14 points.
The Lady Trojans made just 9-of-35 shots from the field in the first half.
Van-Far made three straight free throws early in the third quarter but the Lady Trojans finished the game by scoring the final 10 points in the 38-point victory.
Amelia Knipfel had three points, four steals, two assists, and one rebound; Samantha Jackson had two points, four rebounds, one block, and three steals; Julie Hale had two points, one block, one assist, and one steal; Ashley Steele added one point, three rebounds, two assists, and one steal; Morgan Kuda had one rebound; Danielle Brookse added six points, seven rebounds, one steal, and one assist; Emmalee McCoskey scored six points, four rebounds, four steals, and one assist; Bianca Stafford had two points, three rebounds, two assists, and one steal; Paige Curtis had 14 points, seven rebounds, and one assist; Paige Haris had five points, six rebounds, and four steals; and Leah Mays scored two points with one steal.
Annaliese Hubert had six rebounds and one steal for Van-Far. Ciara Craven had two steals; Nelson had two points, one rebound, and one steal; Katelyn Allen had one rebound; Kambrie Hartsell had one point, one steal, and one rebound; Breanna Strange had five rebounds; and Brooke Johnson added two points and six rebounds.
Defeats Wright City
The Community R-VI varsity girls basketball team shutout Wright City in the final two quarters of their December 11 game against the Lady Wildcats to post a 41-8 victory.
The Lady Trojans led 11-2 at the end of the first quarter and finished the half at 25-8.
Community R-VI made a 12-0 run over Wright City in the third quarter and closed the fourth quarter 4-0 for the Lady Trojans’ victory.
“The key again tonight was our defensive effort,” Bob Curtis said.
“In our first four games, teams were averaging 15 points per game against us. We have been very solid on the glass, not giving up many offensive boards.”
Curtis tallied 17 points, shooting five-for-five from the line with seven rebounds and five steals; McCoskey posted six points; and Mays added five points.
Falls to Monroe City
The Lady Trojans faced Monroe City on Thursday, December 13 for the squad’s first loss of the season.
The Lady Trojans were down 13-9 at the end of the first quarter with an 11-0 run by Monroe City to close the half at 24-9.
The Lady Panthers won the third quarter 11-7 with Community R-VI down 35-16. The Lady Trojans’ late 19-point rally in the fourth quarter came up short for a 46-35 Monroe City win.
“We just had a terrible second quarter that we did not score from the field or the line,” Curtis said.
“Monroe City was in foul trouble and we just couldn’t capitalize. The rest of the contest was even at 35 (points) a piece with the exception of that 11-0 second quarter, that was horrendous for us.”
Knipfel posted 10 points to lead the Lady Trojans; Curtis tallied nine points; and McCoskey had six points for Community R-VI.