After starting the third quarter of the championship game against South Callaway with an 8-0 run to push their lead to nine points, it appeared the Lady Trojans were ready to give head coach Bob Curtis a tournament title at his alma mater.
Unfortunately, Community R-VI’s offense struggled during the rest of the Sturgeon Tournament Championship game as they lost 46-43 to the Lady Bulldogs and left with a second place trophy.
“We had a lead but not at the right time,” Bob Curtis said. “…If there’s any tournament I want to win, it’s going to be the district tournament and I’m okay with that.”
The Lady Trojans opened the game behind the hot shooting of Alissa Curtis, who made two 3-pointers. Danielle Brooks added one 3-pointer for a 13-9 lead.
Unfortunately, all-state player Samm Jett struggled as she missed her first six shots from the field.
In the second quarter, South Callaway responded with two 3-pointers of their own to close the gap to one at halftime. Brooks scored four points in the quarter for the Lady Trojans.
Meanwhile, Jett made just 3-of-14 shots from the field in the half.
Defensively, Alissa Curtis had the task of defending South Callaway’s 6’0” post player. After allowing the Lady Bulldog to score five points and grab six rebounds in the first quarter alone, she held her to just five shots in the final three quarters.
“(Alissa) gave us a chance to win,” Bob Curtis said. “…I thought she did a phenomenal job on defense.”
Brooks received the benefit of a South Callaway technical foul to start the third quarter as her two free throws sparked an 8-0 run.
Midway through the third quarter, the Lady Bulldogs responded with a 5-0 run.
South Callaway converted two of their three 3-point plays in the quarter to close the gap to 34-31.
In the fourth quarter, South Callaway started things on an 8-2 run to go up 39-36 and never looked back as they made 9-of-12 free throws.
Jett was unable to get a game-tying 3-pointer off at the buzzer as she settled for a two point shot.
The Lady Trojans made just 15-of-65 shots from the field and 10-of-14 free throws in the loss.
They did win the turnover battle, 20-11.
Alissa Curtis led the Lady Trojans with 12 points, 12 rebounds, two blocks, and one assist while Brooks had 11 points, four rebounds, three assists, one block, and one steal. Jett added nine points, eight rebounds, three assists, three steals, and one block; Danie Jackson had five points, six rebounds, and four blocks; Rebecca Hagan added four points, four blocks, and three rebounds; and Chelsea Hoyt had two points, three rebounds, three steals, and two assists.
Semifinals win over
The Lady Trojans played a solid New Franklin team in the semifinals and made 40% of their 15 3-point shots to win the game, 60-45.
New Franklin entered the game with a 12-4 record, which includes a win over a Cairo squad that beat Community R-VI in the Madison Tournament.
Community R-VI’s defense held New Franklin to just 16 first-half points as they led 29-16 at halftime.
The Lady Trojans held on in the second half to win the game by 15.
“Defensively, our girls executed the game plan perfectly and followed the scouting report to a tee,” Bob Curtis said. “…We refused to get out-muscled and our speed really hurt them.”
Jett scored a team-high 19 points, six rebounds, three steals, two blocks, and two assists while Alissa Curtis had a double-double of 17 points, 10 rebounds, five blocks, two assists, and one steal.
Hagan had 10 points, six rebounds, one block, one steal, and one assist; Brooks had seven points, eight assists, four rebounds, one steal, and one block; Jackson had five points, three rebounds, two assists, and one steal; Hoyt added two points, four rebounds, four steals, and one assist; and Tayler Cope had one assist.
First round win over Salisbury
With Hoyt not starting the game due to a wrist injury and Jackson leaving the game in the third quarter with an injury while up 15, the Lady Trojans had a lot of adversity to overcome.
Salisbury hit their shots in the second half and took the lead with four minutes left in the game as it was looking like the top seed could fall to the No. 8 seed.
Salisbury was playing with their now healthy point guard so their seed was deceiving.
Community R-VI held off the Salisbury charge as they hit key free throws down the stretch in the 47-45 win.
“I was proud of my girls as they weathered the storm and hit key free-throws in the fourth quarter to seal the win,” Bob Curtis said.
Jett scored 18 points and eight rebounds; Brooks added 12 points and five assists; Alissa Curtis had a double-double of 10 points and 10 rebounds; Hagan had four points; and Jackson had three points.