R-VI’s Danielle Brooks dribbles past a Hallsville defender during the third place game.
Community R-VI varsity girls basketball head coach Bob Curtis knew the Lady Trojans would have to weather the storm in the first round of the Madison Tournament against opponent Cairo.
With Paige Curtis’ double-double and Community R-VI’s bench depth, the Lady Trojans pulled out a late 49-44 win over the Lady Bearcats.
Cairo won the first frame edging out Community R-VI 12-9 and went 14-10 in the second quarter for a 26-19 lead by halftime.
The Lady Trojans went 10-9 in the third quarter to trail 36-28 before scoring 20 points in the fourth quarter for a Lady Trojan victory.
“The Lady Bearcats came out on fire, hitting seven threes in the first half and taking a lead of 26-19 into the locker room,” Curtis said. “I knew we would have to weather the storm and eventually (Cairo’s) terrific perimeter shooting was going to end if we could just hang around with a few possessions.”
Paige Curtis posted 17 points with 10 rebounds; Emmalee McCoskey tallied nine points with eight rebounds; Paige Harris chipped in six points with three steals; Amelia Knipfel added six points; and Danielle Brooks had five points with three assists. Julie Hale had four points with Ashley Steele contributing two points in the Lady Trojans victory.
“One of the keys for us tonight was our depth,” Curtis said. “Cairo can really apply full-court pressure that can wear you down if you don not have a deep bench.”
Falls to Salisbury
After knocking off Cairo in the first round of the Madison Tournament, the Lady Trojans faced No. 1 seed Salisbury in the semifinals and lost 45-15.
Community R-VI was held to just five points in the first half, as the Lady Panthers posted 25 points. Salisbury outscored R-VI 12-3 in the third quarter and added another eight points in the final frame for the win.
“I can see why Salisbury is the No. 1 seed and at the same time has received votes for state ranking in Class 2,” Curtis said. ”(The team) is well coached and the best defensive team we have played this season.”
McCoskey posted seven points; Harris chipped in five points; and Curtis, Samantha Jackson, and Knipfel each had one point.
Falls to Hallsville
Against a physical Hallsville squad, Community R-VI dropped its third-place bout 53-34 to finish fourth in the tournament.
Hallsville took an early lead, 16-9 in the first quarter, and won the second quarter after holding the Lady Trojans to just two points for a 28-11 edge at halftime. Community R-VI posted 11 points in the third quarter, adding another 10 points in the fourth quarter.
Paige Curtis led with nine points and seven rebounds; McCoskey had seven points; and Harris posted six points with three steals.
“Hallsville is a very physical team that at times can put three six-footers on the floor,” Curtis said. “They made a trip to the Final Four in Class 3 last year and have reloaded with a cast of new players, who are getting better with every game. It was a good test for us against a much bigger school. We will bounce back after a couple of tough losses.”