Trojans hold off Glasgow at buzzer
The Community R-VI Trojans capped off an historic night for the district on Saturday when they knock off No. 1 seed Glasgow 36-33 in the Class 1, District 9 Championship Game.
Their win, along with the Lady Trojans’ title won before the boys game, gave the district its first ever district sweep in school history.
“This is the first time in the same year that the girls and boys have won a district championship together I hope the fun ride for our school, community, and players continues,” said Community R-VI Athletic Director Bob Curtis.
The district finals game with Glasgow was a rematch of the 2013 championship, where the Yellow Jackets won in overtime by just one point.
Community R-VI head coach Kenneth Jett knew his team would have to put forth its best defensive effort on Glasgow’s home court and his Trojans responded.
Community R-VI’s defense forced 17 turnovers and held Glasgow to just 11-of-32 from the field in a 36-33 low scoring victory.
“Both defenses were outstanding tonight,” Jett said. “It was really hard to get a basket. It was just our kids wanting it pretty bad. It was a hard fight, we got a couple of breaks at the end and that’s all that it takes…The guys ahve been working for this since this summer. They got to this point and now they have a chance to advance.”
Community R-VI entered the fourth quarter with a slim 25-22 lead before Glasgow regained an edge to go up one with 6:14 left.
After the Yellow Jackets missed a pair of key free throws, the Trojans took advantage.
Clay Thebeau made a pair of free throws and Lane Thebeau made a basket to push the Trojans ahead 29-26 with 4:58 remaining.
Kyle Curtis nearly converted a 3-point play two minutes later to keep the Trojans’ lead at four points.
With :13 seconds left, Conner Brooks made two free throws to move the lead back to three points.
The Trojans’ defense continued in the final seconds as Glasgow failed to get a shot off and the players ran onto the court in excitement after clinching the title.
“ (It was a) great effort by the boys,” Jett said. “…We controlled the ball in the fourth quarter without (having) a turnover was the difference for us.”
The Trojans started the game trailing 10-8 after making just 3-of-9 shots from the field.
Clay Thebeau scored five points and Brooks added four to pace the Trojans in the second quarter, as they trailed 22-19 at halftime.
Community R-VI’s defense forced Glasgow to miss all six of its shots in the third quarter, helping them outscored the Yellow Jackets 6-1 before entering the final frame.
The Yellow Jackets turned the ball over 17 times in their loss while the Trojans had just 12 turnovers.
Clay Thebeau led the Trojans with 12 points, three assists, three steals, and one rebound. Brooks scored 10 points with four assists, two rebounds, one block, and one steal; Lane Thebeau tallied seven points, two rebounds, one assist, and one block; Kyle Curtis added four points, six rebounds, two steals, and one block; Kaleb Harris had three points, five rebounds, and one steal; and Anthony Fairchild added two rebounds.
In the district semifinals, the Trojans beat a good Jamestown team, 68-60.
Community R-VI struggled early, trailing 15-8 at the end of the first quarter.
They responded by outscoring Jamestown 60-45 in the final three quarters to hold on for the eight point victory.
Jamestown had four starters who were 6’4” and above.
“Slow start for us (as we) had to adjust to their size with four starters 6’4” or above,” Jett said. “We were able to pick up the pace second quarter and that made all the difference. Great job by our guards on pressuring the ball and getting it to the basket. (It was a) great job by Kyle and Kaleb, battling bigger players all night.It was a total team effort tonight. Every one did their part tonight.”
Brooks led the Trojans with 30 points. Clay Thebeau scored 21 points, Lane Thebeau added 12 points, Kyle Curtis had 11 rebounds, and Harris added 10 rebounds.
Community R-VI made 12-of-20 free throws in the win.
In the first round of districts, the Trojans cruised to a 61-27 victory over Chamois.
Harris scored 10 points in the first quarter to set the pace for the Trojans.
Community R-VI led 35-15 at halftime and never looked back in their 34-point win.
Harris and Brooks both finished with 12 points while Lane Thebeau scored 10 points.
Lady Trojans’ defense stuffs Chamois
Community R-VI head girls basketball coach Bob Curtis knew his team needed a great defensive performance if it was going to beat 2013 state finalist Chamois in the Class 1, District 9 championship game.
His Lady Trojans responded by guarding Chamois’ two top players and holding them to just 12-of-33 from the field combined.
Meanwhile, Community R-VI’s defense held the rest of Chamois’ players to just two points in a 48-40 victory.
It’s the team’s first district title since 2006-2007 and its second with Curtis as coach.
“I thought Emmalee McCoskey, Ashley Steele, Amelia Knipfel, and Sam Jackson did a terrific job sticking to the game plan, defending them the way we discussed in practice,” Curtis said.
The Lady Trojans trailed 6-4 early in the game before making a 7-0 run. Jett scored eight points in the quarter and McCoskey added three more to give Community R-VI an 11-6 lead.
Chamois’ experience responded in the second quarter as they made a 6-0 run to regain the lead.
Jett paced Community R-VI by scoring all of her team’s five points before halftime to put her squad ahead 16-14 at halftime.
Jett continued her enslaught in the third quarter with 11 more points. In fact, at the end of the third, she had scored 24 of her team’s 31 points in the game.
In the fourth quarter, Chamois was forced to foul the Lady Trojans late and the team responded. Both Jett and Brooks made all four of their free throws, as the team made 11-of-13 in the final frame.
Community R-VI made 22-of-31 free throws in the eight point victory.
Jett finished with 30 points, four rebounds, two blocks, two steals, and one assist.
“She had a fantastic game,” Curtis said. “Samm Jett shot the ball extremely well in a huge game where we really needed her to play well. They tried several defenders but nothing changed as she continued to punish their man-to-man defense tossing in 30 in the district championship. Samm has had a great sophomore season this is just the start of a fantastic career for her in a Trojan uniform.”
Brooks scored six points, eight rebounds, four assists, and oen steal; McCoskey had five points, 14 rebounds, two steals, and one block; Jackson had two points and one rebound; Steele added two points and one rebound; while Knipfel tallied one point, two rebounds, two assists, and two steals.
Before winning the district title, the Lady Trojans dominated a solid Prairie Home team behind the post presence of McCoskey.
Community R-VI struggled in the first quarter trailing 12-11, though they were helped by McCoskey’s eight points.
She led the offense in the second quarter as the Lady Trojans outscored Prairie Home 16-4 to take a 27-16 halftime lead.
An unleashed McCoskey dominated Prairie Home, who decided to start fouling her. She answered by making 8-of-10 free throws down the stretch to seal the 57-38 victory. McCoskey had 22 points, 18 rebounds, and five blocks.
“Emmalee was fantastic tonight,” Curtis said. “She looked like a senior who didn’t want her high school career to end…Senior Amelia Knipfel also stepped up big hitting two big three’s in the middle of the game to help us get through a scoring drought.”
Jett finished with 12 points, Brooks tallied 10 points with five assists, and Knipfel added seven points. In the first round, the Lady Trojans jumped out to a 36-17 halftime lead and never looked back in a 61-31 victory.
Nine Lady Trojans scored in the win, led by Rebecca Hagan’s two 3-pointers and 10 points.
“Her best varsity game this season came at a great time,” Curtis said about Hagan’s performance.
Jett scored 19 points while McCoskey added a double-double of 12 points and 10 rebounds.