While the Community Lady Trojans’ defense was solid in last week’s Consolation Championship in the Sturgeon Tournament, their offense unfortunately stayed in Audrain County during a 36-32 loss to New Bloomfield.
Community R-VI made just 11-of-34 free throws and 10-of-48 shots from the field in the loss. Both teams combined to make just 18-of-54 free throws in the game.
Meanwhile, the Lady Trojans’ defense forced 27 turnovers as New Bloomfield made just 14-of-40 shots from the field. Community R-VI won the rebounding battle 40-31.
During the three games at the Sturgeon Tournament, Community R-VI did not score more than 35 points in any of the contests.
“We really struggled from the free throw line and that was the difference in the New Bloomfield game,” said Community R-VI head coach Bob Curtis. “How we managed to only lose by four points is a real credit to our defense…We have multiple players who have been hampered by injuries and we hope to get healthy come district time in a couple of weeks.”
The Lady Trojans missed all eight of their free throws and made just 1-of-13 shots from the field in the first quarter as New Bloomfield ended the frame with a 6-0 run for an 8-2 lead.
Community R-VI cut the lead to three points behind a big basket from Paige Curtis but a late 5-0 run gave New Bloomfield a 16-12 halftime edge.
The Lady Trojans made just 3-of-29 shots from the field and 6-of-20 free throws in the first half.
New Bloomfield kept their four point lead after the third quarter when Emmalee McCoskey took over the game for the Lady Trojans.
She scored six points, including a basket with 3:43 left to cut the lead to 29-27.
Unfortunately, the Lady Trojans wouldn’t get any closer as New Bloomfield made just enough free throws late to seal the win. They were 6-of-15 from the line in the fourth.
McCoskey led R-VI with 12 points, eight rebounds, and three steals while Paige Curtis tallied 10 points, 17 rebounds, and five assists. Paige Harris had six points, four reboiunds, two steals, and one assist; Amelia Knipfel added two points, five steals, and one rebound; Danielle Brooks had one point, six steals, four rebounds, and one assist; Leah Mays added one point and one rebound; Julie Hale had two rebounds and one steal; Ashley Steele tallied two rebounds; and Bianca Stafford had one rebound.
With injuries holding three of the Lady Trojans starting squad back, Community R-VI varsity girls basketball head coach Bob Curtis said the club punched through survival mode to beat Westran 34-21 and move into consolations to finish out the Sturgeon Tournament.
“The game was a defensive struggle, as both teams in my opinion do an excellent job on the defensive end of the floor,” Curtis said.
A solid Westran press held the Lady Trojans to just three points in the first quarter, allowing an early 9-3 lead.
“Their man-to-man was smothering, and we did not adjust until the second quarter when we started to get some back cuts and penetration to alleviate the ball pressure they were applying,” Curtis said.
The adjustments led to a 15-8 rally in the second frame for Community R-VI, ending the half with a 18-17 Lady Trojans’ edge.
Coming into the second half, the teams’ defensive battle ended with the Lady Trojans narrowly winning the third quarter, 6-4.
“The key for us was a good second quarter after some adjustments and a great fourth quarter,” Curtis said. “In those two frames we outscored (Westran) 25-8.”
Community R-VI finished the contest with a 10-0 run in the final quarter for victory.
Knipfel led the Lady Trojans with 10 points and the team’s lone three pointer; Curtis chipped in seven points; and Brooks had five points.
“We are nursing some injuries right now, so we are very much in survival mode until we get healthy,” Curtis said. “My hope is the ankle sprains and minor knee injuries we have incurred over the last two weeks will only get better as we move towards district time.”
Falls to Paris
The Paris Lady Coyotes had a two-point edge over Community R-VI in the final three minutes of the contest and finished the frame with a 13-2 run for a 44-31 Lady Trojans loss.
“We were really cold from the field, shooting less than 20 percent from the paint.” Bob Curtis said. “I was proud of our defensive effort but we really struggled offensively.”
Paris beat Community R-VI 9-5 in the first and added nine points in the second to finish the half up 18-9. The Lady Trojans came into the third quarter strong with a 14-7 run but fell 19-8 to finish the contest.
Emmalee McCoskey led with 12 points, followed by Paige Curtis with six points.