After suffering a tough loss in recent weeks to EMO Conference rival Clopton, all the Community R-VI Lady Trojans did was take out their disappointment on two other EMO Conference teams.
The Lady Trojans outscored Silex and Montgomery County 128-60 in a pair of conference victories.
Against Silex, junior Alissa Curtis scored her 1,000th career point in a 70-20 road victory over the Lady Owls.
She scored the milestone basket on a 3-pointer after a time-out on a out-of-bounds play under the basket.
“As her coach and cousin, I am proud of her and her accomplishments as a player here at Community R-VI,” said Community R-VI head coach Bob Curtis. “She has two district titles, quarterfinals appearance, First-Team All-Conference and All-District honors, and now joins an elite group of players to reach this milestone at our school.”
She needed 17 points entering the game and finished with a 19 points in the win.
Community R-VI’s defense held Silex to eight points or less in all four quarters.
They led 18-2 at the end of the first quarter and were up 43-6 at halftime. The Lady Trojans then outscored the Lady Owls 27-14 in the second half with a running clock.
For the third game in a row, the Lady Trojans made 10 3-pointers and shot 45% from beyond the perimeter.
“I am proud of our energy and effort and when you make shots like we did Monday we are going to be very tough to beat,” Bob Curtis noted.
Natalie Thomas scored a team-high 22 points, five steals, three assists, and one rebound while Alissa Curtis added 19 points, with six rebounds, four assists, and three steals.
Dalaney Bowers had 15 points, six steals, and four rebounds; Deann Brooks added 10 points, five rebounds, two assists, and one steal; Taren Clark had three points, two rebounds, and one steal; Chelsea Hoyt chipped in three points, three steals, and one assist; Delanie Windmann added two points, one rebound, and one steal; Danie Jackson had four assists, two rebounds, and one steal; Sadie Hoyt had three assists and one steal; Tayler Cope had three assists; Bethany Schmidt added one steal; and Morgan Bryant had one blocked shot.
Beating Montgomery County
Thomas scored 24 of her team-high 30 points in the second half to pace the Lady Trojans in a big 58-40 victory over Montgomery County.
Early in the game, it was a defensive struggle as neither team scored in the first four minutes.
Foul trouble hurt the Lady Trojans in the second quarter as they found themselves trailing 21-18 at halftime.
Community R-VI’s players responded with a 23-point third quarter and never looked back in the 18-point win. They outscored the Lady Wildcats 40-17 in the second half.
“We just look poised to have a great February as we have now won four straight and by a significant margin versus some solid teams lately,” Bob Curtis said. “The defense that Taren Clark played on their best guard was fun to watch as Henke, their point guard, had eight points in the first nine minutes, and then after the adjustment, scored only three with the pressure that Clark applied.”
Thomas scored 13 points in the third quarter and finished with 30 points, six assists, and three steals.
Brooks added 10 points and six rebounds; Alissa Curtis tallied 10 points, nine rebounds, and four blocks; Bowers scored four points; and both Chelsea Hoyt and Jackson had two points.
Tough loss to
The Lady Trojans lost a tough 46-30 game to Clopton, the No. 1 state-ranked team in Class 2 in a recent contest.
“I thought the girls did an excellent job defending the Lady Hawks all night as they finished with 46 points and average 61 a game,” Bob Curtis noted. “For 16 minutes, we held Clopton to 15 points but could not manage much offense ourselves.”
Clopton jumped out to a 12-2 first quarter lead before both defenses held each other to a combined eight points in the second quarter.
Clopton led by five at halftime before outscoring the Lady Trojans 31-23 in the second half to pick up the win.
Thomas did hit a big 3-pointer to cut the lead to four with 10 minutes left in the game but the Lady Trojans couldn’t complete the rally.
Alissa Curtis led the Lady Trojans with 11 points, six rebounds, and one steal; Thomas had eight points, four steals, and one assist; Brooks added six points and eight rebounds; Jackson had five points and one rebound; Chelsea Hoyt added five assists, three rebounds, and three steals; Bowers tallied two blocks, one rebound, and one assist; Windmann had two steals and one rebound; Bryant added one block and one assist; and Sadie Hoyt had one steal.