The Community R-VI Lady Trojans basketball team lost a lot of scoring from a 23-6 squad that won a third straight district title last year and fell just short of reaching the Final Four.
Instead of rebuilding though, the 2016-2017 program has reloaded.
Returning to the program are starters Alissa Curtis, Chelsea Hoyt, Danie Jackson, Taren Clark, and Delanie Windmann. Mixed with an impressive crop of freshmen giving the team incredible depth, this Lady Trojans group of players might just be the right mix to help the program reach their postseason goals.
“My hope sights are always pretty high,” said Community R-VI head coach Bob Curtis. “We want to go for a fourth district title and we feel like what’s different with this team is it is more of a veteran group at this point of the season…We would like to challenge 20 wins, get a district title, play well in the playoffs, and hopefully get back to sectionals and the quarterfinals. The Final Four is always one of the things to be excited about and look forward to.”
Some key newcomers include Deann Brooks, Natalie Thomas, Sadie Hoyt, and Delaney Bowers. This gives the team about 10 players at least who can score, giving the Lady Trojans multiple weapons to put up points on the board.
In noting that Alissa Curtis is one of the more elite Class 1 players in the state, the bench production will make this year’s squad difficult to guard.
Defensively, the depth will help Coach Curtis’ team not be as worried about foul trouble as they have in the past.
“So when someone picks up a foul or two in the first half, we’re not overly concerned because of our depth,” he added.
As other teams wear down, the Lady Trojans are looking to take advantage this season.
The team was 7-3 in the EMO Conference though size may hurt them in some match-ups with the bigger schools.
Bob Curtis did note that some of the success of the younger players relates to them learning some of the basics with the Middle School program. That work prepares them and appears to be a big reason his young players can adjust so quickly to the varsity level.