Community R-VI head girls basketball coach Bob Curtis knew it was important for his team to set the tone early when they hosted rival Van-Far last Friday night.
His Lady Trojans responded by starting the game on a 17-0 run and never looking back in a 62-23 victory over the Lady Indians.
“A big first quarter set the tone for the evening as we outscored the Lady Indians 22-1,” Bob Curtis said. “The girls were very focused to start our conference schedule with a win as they have hopes to compete for a title.”
Samm Jett scored 10 of her game-high 25 points in the first quarter as six different players scored in the quarter.
Van-Far scored their first point in the game on Renee Nelson’s free throw with 1:14 left in the first.
Jett added seven more points before halftime and Alissa Curtis scored five points to push the Lady Trojans lead to 36-8 at the half.
Jayda Borgmeyer hit a 3-pointer and Kayelee Harrower added three points in the first half for Van-Far. The game could have been closer but the Lady Indians couldn’t take advantage of Community R-VI foul trouble as they made just 3-of-17 free throws in the half.
Meanwhile, Van-Far turned the ball over 15 times in the first two quarters.
“We struggled scoring and let it get to us mentally,” said Van-Far head girls basketball coach Kelly Orf.
Rebecca Hagan, Curtis, and Jett each made big 3-pointers in the third quarter to push the lead to 36 points, forcing the mercy clock to be in effect for the fourth quarter.
The Lady Trojans outscored the Lady Indians 8-5 in the final frame for the 39-point win.
Jett made four 3-pointers and finished with 25 points, four rebounds, two steals, and one assist.
Danielle Brooks had nine points, nine steals, five assists, and four rebounds.
“She has put up big numbers all year offensively and defensively in multiple categories,” Bob Curtis said.
Alissa Curtis had a near double-double with 12 points, nine rebounds, three steals, and one block. Hagan tallied eight points, four rebounds, and one block; Chelsea Hoyt had four points, five steals, three assists, two rebounds, and one block; Danie Jackson had two points, seven rebounds, three assists, and two steals; Samantha Jackson added two points, four assists, two steals, and two rebounds; Tayler Cope had two rebounds; and Bethany Schmidt had one steal.
The Lady Trojans made 22-of-55 shots from the field and 11-of-19 free throws.
Van-Far had 25 turnovers in the loss and made just 8-of-31 shots from the field and 6-of-23 free throws.
Hailey Hopke came off the bench and scored four points and three rebounds.
Borgmeyer added five points, five rebounds, one assist, and one steal. Abigail Gatson tallied five points, five rebounds, one block, and one steal; Harrower had three points, two steals, and one rebound; Annaliese Hubert scored two points, four rebounds, and one steal; Nelson had two points, three rebounds, and two steals; Janie Swarthout had two points and one rebound; Breanna Strange had five rebounds and three assists; Alexis DeTienne added two assists, one steal, and one rebound; and Autumn Sutton had one rebound.
“The girls that came off the bench for us played well and scored and that is something we have struggled with but definitely improved on Friday night,” Orf said. “Community is a good, solid team and yes we lost but tough games like those only help us get better.”
R-VI beats Madison
Before beating the Lady Indians for a 4-0 start, the Lady Trojans scored another 62 points in a 62-28 win over Madison.
The Lady Trojans jumped out to a 26-9 first quarter lead before holding on to win the game by 34 points. Community R-VI had a 14-0 run in the quarter.
This was a win over a district opponent.
“I was very pleased with our shot selection and tallying 55 points in the first three quarters,” Bob Curtis said. “Right now the girls really understand our offense and are making good decisions.”
Danie Jackson sparked the team defensively. Hagan had her best game of the season after missing several games due to illness. She had 10 points and three rebounds.
Jett dominated with 23 points, three steals, and two assists.
Brooks tallied nine points, six assists, six rebounds, and five steals.
The Lady Trojans made 25-of-53 shots from the field and 6-of-14 free throws.