It was a rematch from the New Franklin Tournament championship game when the No. 2 state-ranked team in Class 1, the Community R-VI Lady Trojans, took on the No. 6 state-ranked team in Pilot Grove last week.
While Pilot Grove was looking for revenge, the Lady Trojans’ offense was relentless and played the role of aggressor all evening in the 82-53 win.
“We shot the ball extremely well and made the extra pass multiple times tonight to get a better look,” said Community R-VI head coach Bob Curtis. “I was extremely proud of how the girls responded from our first loss of the season last Saturday where we shot the ball really poorly. I was extremely proud of how the girls responded from our first loss of the season last Saturday where we shot the ball really poorly.”
Community R-VI opened up the game with a 19-13 first quarter lead before pushing ahead by 14 at halftime.
The Lady Trojans then outscored Pilot Grove 43-28 in thee second half to seal a 29-point victory.
Dalaney Bowers played the role of “zone buster” with three big three-pointers and making 6-of-9 free throws. She finished the game with 17 points and four steals.
Needing 21 points to enter the 1,000-point club before the game, Natalie Thomas scored 22 points and six assists as she joined the elite club. Her three-pointer in the quarter gave her the points she needed in the fourth quarter.
Brianna Beamer had 10 points and four rebounds as she made all six of her free throws.
Sadie Hoyt tallied eight points and five rebounds; Deann Brooks scored eight points and five rebounds; Kaley Diesel had eight points; Lauryn Robnett had three points; Alexis Welch scored three points; Taren Clark added two points; and Delanie Windmann scored one point.
On Friday night, the Lady Trojans moved their record to 19-1 overall and 6-0 in the Central Activities Conference (C.A.C.) with a 50-33 win over New Franklin.
During their Homecoming game, the Lady Trojans struggled early playing their second game in two nights.
After scoring less than 10 points in each of the first two quarters, New Franklin led 15-14 at halftime.
Fortunately, Bowers took over the second half of the game after scoring 19 of her team-high 23 points in the 17-point victory.
Community R-VI outscored New Franklin 36-18 in the final two quarters. Bowers also had four steals in the win.
Thomas scored all nine of her points in the second half and added two assists. Hoyt scored nine points and four rebounds; Beamer had four points; Hombs had three points; and Brooks scored two points.
“Taren Clark, Sadie Hoyt, and Alexis Welch did a great job on their two best offensive players, holding them to just 17 combined for the game,” Curtis said. “… I feel like we are playing great basketball here at the end of the season. If we can stay healthy over the next two weeks, the playoffs should be a lot of fun.”