Community R-VI varsity girls basketball head coach Bob Curtis said the Lady Trojans’ 52-51 double-overtime bout against Elsberry proved to be a six quarter war with Amelia Knipfel sinking the game-winning bucket as the clock ticked away the final seconds of the contest.
“I knew tonight was going to be a big game for us if we wanted to stay in second place in the conference race behind undefeated-in-the-conference Silex Lady Owls,” Curtis said.
Elsberry advanced an early four-point lead in the first quarter and won the second with a 12-11 run for a 23-18 edge at the half.
“It was war all night long, as (Elsberry) always seemed to counter every run we made with a run of their own,” Curtis said.
The Lady Trojans were point-for-point with Elsberry’s Lady Indians in the third quarter at seven points apiece before Community R-VI won the fourth quarter 20-15 to tie Elsberry at 45.
“We were tied at 45 at the end of regulation to do two clutch free throws by senior Paige Curtis, and then Elsberry went the length of the floor in seven seconds to go and our defense came up with a key stop to send (the game) into double overtime,” Curtis said.
He said that was when Knipfel posted one-of-two free throws to put the Lady Trojans in the win column.
“Emmalee McCoskey was a monster in the middle, scoring 22 points and pulling down 12 rebounds in the win,” Curtis said. “(Knipfel) also had a huge game, scoring 11 points and dishing out four assists.”
Paige Curtis added eight points with four steals; Julie Hale, also with four assists, Paige Harris and Ashley Steele each added three points; and Danielle Brooks chipped in two points.
Falls to Silex
The Silex Lady Owls proved how they maintain a 22-1 record on the season to rank No. 1 in the state for Class 2 teams.
“They have multiple weapons, as anyone on their starting line-up can lead them in scoring on a given night,” Curtis said.
The Lady Trojans’ fell 65-38 on Courtwarming Friday night, Feb. 8.
Silex edged the Lady Trojans early after a 13-6 first quarter and followed suit in the second, posting 22 points for a 35-19 lead at the half.
“I thought we did a nice job on Natalie Fleming, holding her to 11 points, -which is half of her average point total for the season,” Curtis said.
“Unfortunately, the Millers combined for 30 points in the contest.”
Community R-VI held its ground in the third quarter but was held to four points in the final quarter in the 27-point loss.
McCoskey led with 17 points; Paige Curtis tallied six points; Harris chipped in five points; Brooks and Knipfel each had four points; and Samantha Jackson had two points.