The Community R-VI Lady Trojans basketball team started its season in the right direction when it played a tall, physical Sturgeon team on the road last Friday night.
The Lady Trojans’ defense held Sturgeon to nine points or less in all four quarters as they cruised to a 56-28 victory.
Community R-VI led 25-14 at halftime before blowing the game open in the second half by outscoring the Lady Bulldogs, 34-14.
“(I was) very pleased with our defensive effort forcing turnovers and allowing very few open looks at the basket,” said Community R-VI head girls basketball coach Bob Curtis.
The Lady Trojans dominated the game at the free throw line, making 15-of-17 shots.
“One of the keys for us in this season opener was terrific free throw shooting,” Bob Curtis added.
“We would take 15-of-17 from the free-throw line on almost any given night.”
While Sturgeon had one player scoring 21 of the team’s 28 points, the Lady Trojans had eight players contributing on the offense.
Sophomore Alissa Curtis made 5-of-7 free throws and had 18 points and eight rebounds.
“Alissa also took a charge in this contest to get their best player in foul trouble,” Bob Curtis said.
“Alissa is my first cousin and she understands how big of a game this is for me as I am a graduate of Sturgeon and look forward to this game every year. A year ago, she poured in 20 points and 20 boards as a freshman in a win over the bulldogs.”
Samm Jett and Danielle Brooks both finished with 10 points, Danie Jackson scored seven points, and Mikyla Wagner added four points.