The Community R-VI Lady Trojans shot near 50% from the field last week to pick up a big win over Monroe City, 59-41 after the Lady Trojans also made 14-of-22 free throws.
The Lady Trojans jumped out to a 17-8 first quarter lead before pushing things to 31-20 at halftime.
A solid third quarter helped the Lady Trojans pull away with an 18-point win. Samm Jett led Community R-VI with seven 3-pointers, stretching Monroe City’s zone for 23 points. She made 7-of-9 3-point attempts and also had four steals.
Danielle Brooks continued her relentless play and had 18 points after making 8-of-10 free throws. She also tallied six assists, five steals, and five rebounds.
Sam Jackson had a solid game of seven points and six rebounds.
“They have some good wins on the season and played in the championship of the Monroe City Tournament against Palmyra just a week ago,” said Community R-VI head girls basketball coach Bob Curtis. “I was very pleased to play well against an up and coming team with some young talent. We really set the tone with good defense in the first quarter, holding them to just eight points and breaking their press extremely well.”
The win moved the Lady Trojans record to 5-1.
Earlier in the week, the Lady Trojans struggled from the field, making just 12-of-51 shots in a tough 43-34 loss to Bowling Green.
The Lady Bobcats led 27-20 at halftime before holding on late for the win.
“We just struggled to score all night long,” Bob Curtis said. “…Even despite the shooting woes we still had a chance to win with two minutes left when what we thought was a 3-point play was called a controversial charge in a five point game. We had the momentum in our favor at the juncture in the game and if it is in fact a one possession game who knows how the game ends. As it stood, we had to start our foul game to stop the clock and Bowling Green made their free throws to seal the win. I was proud of the fight in my girls on a night where not much went right for us.”
Jett had 14 points and seven rebounds. Alissa Curtis scored nine points and six rebounds; and Danie Jackson had six points and nine rebounds.
The Lady Trojans made just 9-of-18 free throws in the loss.
Coming off a tough loss to large EMO Conference school Bowling Green, Community R-VI head boys basketball coach Kenneth Jett was looking to see his team respond against Monroe City.
The Trojans wasted little time getting after the Panthers as they outscored them 22-8 in the first quarter. Community R-VI led 34-22 at halftime before cruising in the second half to a 68-48 victory. The Trojans made just 12-of-21 free throws in the win.
“I think our defense was the difference as we held them to eight in the first quarter,” Jett said. “It took us a little while to settle in on offense.”
Conner Brooks scored a game-high 27 points. Lane Thebeau scored 17 points, Clay Thebeau had 12 points, Brandon Arens added four points, while two points were scored by Doug Davenport, Anthony Fairchld, Kyle Curtis, and Cordell Hollensteiner.
Earlier in the week, the Trojans hosted the Bobcats and fell behind early. Bowling Green led by eight points at halftime and held on late for a 67-59 win.
“It was a tough game to lose but their four players in double figures were tough to defend,” Jett said. “We came back a couple of times but they played better than we did tonight. We will use this to get better and move on.”
Clay Thebeau scored a team-high 25 points while Brooks scored 17. Lane Thebeau had nine points, Arens added six points, and Curtis scored two points.