With leading scorer Alissa Curtis suffering an ankle injury that would keep her out of Community R-VI’s match-up with Harrisburg in the Norm Stewart Classic, head coach Bob Curtis knew he needed different players to step up to fill the void of a player averaging 25 points per game.
Fortunately, five freshmen combined to score 40 points in a game played on ESPN3 as the Lady Trojans cruised to a 52-34 victory.
As an MVP was named for each game, Deann Brooks earned that honor after scoring 15 points, five rebounds, three steals, and one block.
“Super proud of her as she made her first start of the year after recovering from an ankle injury herself that sidelined her for multiple weeks,” Bob Curtis said. “We had eight different people score and no one played over 22 minutes as our depth showed up once again in keeping fresh legs on the court at all times.”
The Lady Trojans scored 12 points in each of the first two quarters to take a 24-9 halftime lead.
Harrisburg tried to make a game of it in the second half but the Lady Trojans still cruised to a 52-34 win.
Community R-VI’s defense had 18 steals in the victory.
Sadie Hoyt had nine points and five rebounds; Natalie Thomas added nine points, four steals, three rebounds, and one assist; Danie Jackson had five points, one rebound, and one steal; Delanie Windmann tallied five points and one steal; Dalaney Bowers tallied four points, six rebounds, one block, and one steal; Chelsea Hoyt had three points, three rebounds, and three steals; Morgan Bryant had three points, two steals, one rebound, and one block; Taren Clark added three rebounds and two steals; Tayler Cope had one rebound and one steal; and Kaley Diesel added one rebound.
Falling to Prairie Home
In a potential state playoff match-up earlier in the week, the Lady Trojans took on a Prairie Home squad that was ranked sixth in the state in Class 1.
Prairie Home is the same team Glasgow knocked off last year in the State Sectionals before Glasgow beat Community R-VI to reach the Final Four.
With :30 seconds left in a game tied at 46-46, a player from each team dove to save a ball on the sideline.
Officials called an R-VI player for a pushing foul on an effort play, which sent a Prairie Home player on their home court ot the free throw line to ice the game in a 49-46 win.
“In such a well played game by both teams I wanted the players to decide the outcome in the last minute not a 50/50 ball on the sideline that led to two free-throws for their best player on a judgement call,” Bob Curtis noted.
“I am proud of the way our young team played and if there is a rematch, I think it will be a fantastic game to watch as neither team led by more than six points in the contest. These kind of games help our younger players grow and react with everything on the table against a good team. This will serve us well.”
Prairie Home led by one point at halftime before the Lady Trojans rallied in the third quarter to take a four point edge.
Prairie Home outscored Community R-VI 16-9 in the fourth quarter in the win.
Alissa Curtis led the Lady Trojans with 22 points and nine rebounds.
Chelsea Hoyt added five points, three steals, and two rebounds; Brooks had five points; Windmann added four points, one rebound, and one steal; Sadie Hoyt tallied three points, two rebounds, and two steals; Clark had three points, one rebound, and one steal; Jackson added two points, six rebounds, and one steal; Thomas had two points, one rebound, and one steal; and both Bowers and Tayler Cope had one rebound a piece.