The Community R-VI Lady Trojans basketball team picked up two final regular-season victories in the final week, moving their record to 16-8 in time for this week’s district tournament.
If the Lady Trojans won their semifinals game after press time, they will play for a district championship at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, February 24 in Madison.
On Senior Night, the Lady Trojans made 26-of-31 free throw shots going 84% from the line in a 55-31 win over Mark Twain.
“The girls laugh about some of our new free-throw drills that include mellow music and chants, etc. but we needed to change our outlook on free-throws from ‘oh boy here we go again’ to something we smiled and laughed about and did not dread to do,” said Community R-VI head coach Bob Curtis.
“It worked to the tune of 84% from the line.”
The win came in the final home game for senior Danie Jackson.
“Danie, throughout her career, has been a solid defender and the muscle of this team when we need to be tough and show our opponent that we were,” Bob Curtis said.
“Danie has always been a team player and been willing to help us win no matter what her assignment might be. She has won a district championship every year she has been in high school and would like her fourth Friday night.”
In the win over the Lady Tigers, the Lady Trojans led 20-14 at halftime before outscoring Mark Twain 35-17 down the stretch for a 55-31 win.
“The difference in this game was our defense as we held a good Mark Twain team to 31 points,” Bob Curtis noted. “In February, we are 6-1 and the difference is player’s like Taren Clark and Chelsea Hoyt, who have just quieted the other teams best player’s offensively. We have disrupted our opponents’ offense as they cannot get the ball into the hands of their best players to make plays because of the energy and effort of these two.”
Alissa Curtis led the team with a double-double of 21 points, 11 rebounds, three assists, and one block while Natalie Thomas had 13 points, three rebounds, three steals, two assists, and one block.
Dalaney Bowers tallied seven points, four rebounds, and one block; Taren Clark had three points, three assists, one rebound, and one steal; Deann Brooks added two points, six rebounds, six steals, and one assist; Chelsea Hoyt had two points, four rebounds, and one assist; Lauryn Robnett scored two points and one rebound; Bethany Schmidt added two points; Delanie Windmann had one point; Tayler Cope added two steals; Sadie Hoyt had one rebound and one steal; and Jackson had one rebound.
In a match-up with the No. 3 seed in their district, the Lady Trojans trailed North Shelby 21-15 at halftime before rallying late for a 48-37 win.
Community R-VI changed the pace into a transition game and took advantage of steals to outscore North Shelby 33-16 in the final two quarters.
Alissa Curtis scored 14 of her game-high 23 points in the final 16 minutes to pace the team to the big win. She finished with a double-double of 23 points and 11 rebounds.
Bowers added eight points and three rebounds; Thomas had seven points and four assists; Brooks scored seven points and five rebounds; Clark had two points; and Jackson scored one point.
Loss in Gary Filbert Classic
In the rescheduled Gary Filbert Classic, the Lady Trojans’ offense scored just 12 points in the second half of a disappointing 44-36 loss to Steelville.
Community R-VI led the game for 27 of its 32 minutes before key turnovers hurt them in the end.
They did lead 26-21 in the first half over a solid Class 3 program with 16 wins.
Thomas led the team with 16 points, six rebounds, five steals, one assist, and one block while Alissa Curtis had 12 points, three assists, three steals, two rebounds, and one block. Jackson added two points, six rebounds, two assists, and two steals; Brooks had two points, five rebounds, one assist, and one steal; Sadie Hoyt had two points and four rebounds; Bowers had two points and three rebounds; Chelsea Hoyt had two rebounds, two assists, and two steals; and Clark added two rebounds, one assist, and one steal.