Though the Community R-VI Lady Trojans basketball team lost three starters to graduation from last year’s district champion squad that went 20-7, instead of rebuilding, they are only reloading for the 2018-19 season.
Leading scorer Natalie Thomas will be joined by all-conference and all-district player Dalaney Bowers.
Bowers was known for her work in busting zones last year while also making several 3-pointers.
Deann Brooks is also returning from an ACL tear while Sadie Hoyt is coming back.
She missed six weeks with an ankle fracture in 2017-18.
A large group of JV players will also help this year’s team one year after they finished their season undefeated.
“We get two kids back who were in our top seven a year ago and didn’t play much of last year, so that’s a huge bonus to the 18-19 season,” head coach Bob Curtis said.
“We’re going to be a very deep team. Our young kids are talented.”
Curtis also noted his team’s depth will help them in avoiding foul trouble.
“The way I like to play, we finally have a roster that fits that,” he noted.
The goals for his fast team included competing for a conference and a district title, get 20 wins, and go deeper than any team has went in the program’s history.
Some of their speed was on display during their Jamboree when they knocked off Silex, Montgomery County, and Wright City by double digits.
This year, the Lady Trojans will be competing in the Central Activities Conference (C.A.C.), which features a lot of strong girls basketball programs.
Community R-VI is part of the C.A.C. East, which also includes Sturgeon, Madison, and Cairo. They will play a home-and-away schedule with those teams.
The Lady Trojans lost four of their seven games last year to Cairo, Glasgow, and Sturgeon (twice).
Meanwhile, they will play the C.A.C. West teams just one time. Those teams include Glasgow, Slater, Pilot Grove, and New Franklin.
“They’ve put in the work to have a good year,” Curtis said of his team.
“We have 18 girls that push each other. We’re definitely ready to start competing against somebody else..”