All of the stars appeared to line up for the Community R-VI Lady Trojans in this year’s Class 1, District 10 Tournament.
The team had won six of its previous seven games and entered as the top seed with a good chance to win its fourth straight district title.
Unfortunately, the Lady Trojans faced the host Madison Lady Panthers in the district finals and they had other plans.
Offensively, the Lady Trojans struggled all night long and lost 43-36 in overtime in their bid for a fourth straight district title.
“I thought we played really well defensively but could not find the rim on offense as we struggled the entire night to score,” said Community R-VI head coach Bob Curtis. “We looked tight and a bit nervous hopefully we will learn from this experience and be a little more settled the next time we get an opportunity like this. We have a lot to look forward to over the coming years with a young team that is very talented.”
The Lady Trojans only scored two points in the opening quarter and found themselves down 17-12 at halftime.
Community R-VI started the second half with an 11-5 run to take a one point lead.
In the fourth quarter, a tight game was tied late when Dalaney Bowers made two free throws with just seconds remaining to send the game into overtime.
Madison took over from there with a 9-4 run to win the game.
Bowers came up big for the Lady Trojans with 13 of her team-high 17 points in the second half.
“Dalaney Bowers had a monster game on the biggest stage of her high school career,” Bob Curtis said. “I was so proud of the way she answered every run Madison made with a bucket of her own; she had 13 points in the second half 17 for the game and sent the game into overtime with two free throws with a few seconds left. We had a couple chances to win it in regulation and fell short.”
Alissa Curtis added 12 points, nine rebounds, five steals, two assists, and two blocks; Brooks added eight points, four rebounds, two steals, one assist, and one block; Natalie Thomas added two points, two steals, two rebounds, and one assist; Sadie Hoyt had two points; Chelsea Hoyt had three assists and one rebound; Taren Clark added two assists and one rebound; and Danie Jackson added two assists.
“We had a great season and will miss our lone senior Danie Jackson as she had a great career playing in a district title (game) all four years she was in high school,” Bob Curtis noted.
In the semifinals, Chamois’ best player picked up four first-half fouls and they never recovered against the Lady Trojans.
Community R-VI outscored them 34-12 in the first half before a 21-2 third quarter paced them to a dominant 60-23 victory.
“Chamois plays predominately man-to-man defense and we wanted to attack that match-up early to try and get her into foul trouble,” Bob Curtis said.
“It worked, holding her to 11 points when she gets about 23 a game was big in our first district game as we got a bye in the first round due to being the one seed in the district.”
Nine Lady Trojans scored and shot 42% from the field.
Including the first round game, the Lady Trojans had allowed just around 34 points per game in eight contests.
Thomas scored 15 points, six assists, two rebounds, and one block while Alissa Curtis tallied 11 points, five rebounds, five steals, and three assists.
Brooks scored 10 points and one rebound; Jackson had seven points, three rebounds, three assists, and two steals; Bowers tallied seven points, two rebounds, two steals, and two blocks; Sadie Hoyt added three points, three rebounds, and one steal; Chelsea Hoyt had three points, three assists, and three steals; Windmann tallied two points and two rebounds; Alissa Craig had two points; Clark added three rebounds, three assists, and one steal; while both Kaley Diesel and Lauryn Robnett had one rebound.