Community R-VI head coach Bob Curtis knew it would not be easy this season for his Lady Trojans to win the Central Activities Conference (C.A.C.) regular season championship.
They were the new team on the block in a new conference featuring several state-ranked teams from Class 1 and 2.
But after splitting their final two C.A.C. games of the season last week, the Lady Trojans won at least a share of a conference title for the second year in a row. They won the Eastern Missouri Conference (EMO) championship last season.
“With this win, we are crowned co-conference champions as we split games with Cairo in conference, beating them at home and losing on the road at their place,” Curtis said after the win over Madison. “Both teams ran the table with everyone else in the conference this year. I am very proud of what the girls have accomplished this regular season, finishing with the best regular season record in school history (21-2), a conference title, and hopefully a long postseason run. What an accomplishment for this group to win the EMO Conference last year and join the C.A.C. and win it in the ‘18- ‘19 season.”
Against the Lady Panthers on the road, Community R-VI jumped out to an early eight point lead and extended their edge to 13 at halftime.
In the second half, the Lady Trojans outscored Madison 20-8 to cruise to a victory.
Natalie Thomas paced Community R-VI with a double-double of 18 points, 10 rebounds, and seven steals.
Sadie Hoyt had nine points and four rebounds; Brianna Beamer had eight points and four rebounds; Dalaney Bowers scored five points and two rebounds; Delanie Windmann added four points; Lauryn Robnett, Deann Brooks, and Alexis Welch each scored two points; and Emma Hombs had one point.
Against Cairo, the Lady Trojans’ offense struggled in the first half as they were outscored 22-12.
Though they cut into the lead in the second half, the team made just 4-of-14 free throws and lost to Cairo, 45-40.
“We struggled on offense and did not rebound the ball well at all giving Cairo multiple shots on just about every possession,” Curtis said. “Cairo was a final four team in Class 2 last year and not a team that you can give extra shots to they are just too good. They were just a little quicker to the ball and wanted it more than we did.”
Thomas scored 22 points in the loss. Bowers added 11 points; Beamer had three points; and both Sadie Hoyt and Welch had two points.