Community R-VI head girls basketball coach Bob Curtis knows there is a target on his team back in the EMO Conference this season with several returning starters from a year ago that came up just short from winning a title.
Their first test came on the road last Friday night when they took on rival Van-Far. The Lady Trojans responded as they jumped out to an early 17-point lead and never looked back in a 63-23 victory.
Community R-VI’s defense forced Van-Far to score six points or less in three of the four quarters.
“Our defense is getting better every time we take the floor as we gave up only seven field goals in the contest on the road,” Bob Curtis said.
Van-Far’s Reaghan Case made an early 3-pointer to stop a 6-0 run in the first quarter before the Lady Trojans ended the quarter on a 14-0 run. Danielle Brooks scored five straight points midway through the second quarter to help the Lady Trojans to a 37-13 halftime lead.
“Danielle Brooks had a solid first half compiling all of her eight points and dishing out four assists in the first 16 minutes, helping set the tone,” Bob Curtis said.
Foul trouble hurt Van-Far throughout the game, with Borgmeyer picking up three fouls in the first half alone.
Alissa Curtis and Jett hit back-to-back 3-pointers in the third quarter to push the lead to 31 points.
A 13-0 run carried the Lady Trojans into the fourth quarter before winning the game by 40 points.
In a physical game, there were 43 fouls called between the two teams.
The Lady Trojans made jsut 10-of-23 free throws.
For the fourth game in a row, eight Lady Trojans scored.
Alissa Curtis scored a team-high 18 points and eight rebounds while Jett had 18 points and six rebounds. Brooks finished with eight points and four assists; Rebecca Hagan had six points; Chelsea Hoyt had five points; Danie Jackson scored four points; Delanie Windmann had three points; and Maddie Gastler scored one point.
“We definitely struggled against R-VI,” said Van-Far head coach Kelly Orf. “Fouls and rebounding really hurt us this game. We got some great looks at the basket but couldn’t get anything to fall. Community is a good team but I expected to play better against them and hopefully when we face them in the Madison Tournament after Christmas, we will look more like thet eam I know we cane be.”
Jayle Jennings led Van-Far with nine points and seven rebounds while Case tallied seven points, two rebounds, and one assist. Borgmeyer had five points, seven rebounds, and one assist; Jordan Garner had two point, six rebounds, and one steal; Renee Nelson had seven rebounds; and both Hailey Hopke and Alexis DeTienne added two rebounds.
Before knocking off the Lady Indians, the Lady Trojans picked up their third win of the season after nine players scored in a 53-16 road victory over Madison.
Community R-VI set the tone in the first quarter by outscoring the Lady Panthers, 20-3. The Lady Trojans led by 24 points at halftime before holding on late for the 37-point victory.
In the win, the Lady Trojans shot 69% from the field and 50% from the 3-point arc.
“Girls shot a nice percentage all night long from the field,”Bob Curtis said. “It was nice to shoot well in that gym as we have had nights we couldn’t throw it in the ocean in that gym.”
Defensively, the Lady Panthers were held to just six field goals in 32 minutes.
Jett led the way with three 3-pointers and 19 points, two rebounds, and one assist while Alissa Curtis had nine points, four assists, one steal, and one rebound. Hoyt scored eight points, four assists, and four steals; Jackson added five points, two steals, and one assist; Lexus LaGesse tallied five points; Hagan had four points, two assists, and one rebound; Mikyla Wagner had two points; Tayler Cope had one point, two assists, one rebound, and one steal; Bethany Schmidt added one rebound; Brooks tallied four steals, three blocks, and two assists; and Ivy Stathem had one block and one steal.