Community R-VI head coach Bob Curtis was hoping his Lady Trojans could get revenge on district foe Paris last week in the third place game of the Sturgeon Tournament.
Paris knocked off the Lady Trojans to take third place in the Madison Tournament earlier in the month and unfortunately repeated their feat last Friday night after holding on for a 49-42 victory.
The game was decided on the free throw line as Paris took 12 more free throws than the Lady Trojans and made 17-of-24. Community R-VI made just 5-of-12 in a game with 36 total fouls.
“I think the kids played well,” Bob Curtis said. “Still we’ve got to get the first look at the basket more…Free throws have been an issue for us all year…”
It appeared early that Community R-VI was ready for their rematch with Paris as Brittni Brandwein nailed two quick 3-pointers to pace the Lady Trojans to an 8-0 early lead.
Shelby Curtis added a 3-pointer as Community R-VI led 15-5 at the end of the first quarter.
The Lady Trojans’ defense forced the Lady Coyotes to make just 1-of-15 shots from the field in the quarter.
Foul trouble began to catch up with the Lady Trojans in the second quarter as both Shelby Curtis and Alisha Arens picked up their third fouls.
Paris took advantage with their aggressive play and questionable officiating when the Lady Trojans were near the basket on offense as several times Community R-VI players weren’t receiving the benefit of possible foul calls from the officiating crew.
Paris outscored the Lady Trojans 20-10 in the quarter to tie the game at 25 heading into halftime. The Lady Coyotes made 7-of-9 free throws and had a 12-0 run in the quarter.
The Lady Coyotes started the third quarter with a 7-0 run. Paige Curtis ended the run with four points during a 6-0 run for R-VI to cut the lead down to two points before Paris ended the third on a 3-pointer.
Brandwein was the go-to player for the Lady Trojans down the stretch as she scored eight points, included a late 3-pointer to cut the lead to 44-42.
Paris then made five free throws in the final two minutes to seal the victory.
Brandwein led the Lady Trojans with 28 points, three rebounds, and two steals while Paige Curtis tallied six points, 14 rebounds, three assists, and one block. Shelby Curtis had five points, five rebounds, one assist, and one steal; Paige Harris had three points, four rebounds, four assists, and two steals; Arens added seven rebounds, one block, and one assist; Amelia Knipfel had one assist and one rebound; Leah Mays had one rebound and one assist; and Emmalee McCoskey added one rebound.
Before the loss to Paris, the Lady Trojans let a late lead slip away in the semifinals before falling to district foe New Bloomfield 43-36.
Community R-VI was tied with New Bloomfield at 34 with two minutes left in the game before New Bloomfield went on a 9-2 run to seal the win. The Lady Trojans made just 11-of-23 free throws in the loss.
“Poor shooting from the field and again missing 10 free throws was the back breaker tonight,” Bob Curtis said.
“Lately it has taken two or three offensive rebounds to make a field goal. It’s hard to win when the ball simply will not go in the basket.”
Brandwein led the Lady Trojans with 18 points after making four 3-pointers.
Paige Curtis had eight points and 16 rebounds, Shelby Curtis scored eight points, and Alisha Arens had 11 points.
In the first round, the Lady Trojans held on for a 40-30 victory over a tough Westran team.
Brandwein nailed four 3-pointers and led the Lady Trojans with 26 points.
Community R-VI led 19-9 at halftime before holding on for the 10-point win.
“We played a lot of different lineups and got all players involved,” Bob Curtis said.