In a Sturgeon Tournament featuring the top six girls teams with a combined record of 58-15, the Community R-VI Lady Trojans had trouble finding a way to leave the event with a trophy.
The Lady Trojans lost contests with Paris and New Bloomfield but did pick up a lone win over host Sturgeon.
“It is the little things right now that are making a huge difference in a win and a loss for our team as we have been turning the ball over entirely too much mixed with putting our opponent on the line far to many times late in contests,” said Community R-VI head coach Bob Curtis. “We are a very young, talented team that is still working on the management of a game, the clock, and our emotions at the varsity level. We are explosive and our ‘A’ game can beat anybody. We have been careless with the ball and taken a lot of forced shots in the past week.”
Their lone win of the tournament came in the Consolation semifinals against a tough Sturgeon squad.
Taking on a much-improved Sturgeon team, the Lady Trojans’ Alissa Curtis received a pass from Natalie Thomas and scored a game-winning layup as time expired for a 39-37 win.
“Alissa new how much time there was left on the clock and didn’t panic,” Bob Curtis said. “Instead of pulling up for a jump shot, she got all the way to the rim for the sure bucket.”
Senior Danie Jackson set the tone by taking a charge in the third quarter in a close game. Morgan Bryant made 4-for-5 shots from the field coming off the bench to help the Lady Trojans.
After Sturgeon scored with :45 seconds left in the game and the Lady Trojans missed a wide open lay-up, a big steal and an inbound play set up Community R-VI’s game-winning basket.
Bryant finished with nine points, three steals, and two blocks while Alissa Curtis tallied nine points, three rebounds, two blocks, and one steal.
Taren Clark had five points and one rebound; Deann Brooks added eight points, seven rebounds, four assists, one steal, and one block; Thomas had five points, three assists, and three steals; and Sadie Hoyt had three points, three rebounds, and two assists.
Losing Consolation finals
After two fouls in the first :35 seconds, it appeared foul trouble would hurt the Lady Trojans early in their Consolation finals match-up with a 12-5 New Bloomfield squad.
New Bloomfield led 11-4 before Alissa Curtis hit a 3-pointer and added a basket for a 5-0 run to cut the lead to one at the end of the first quarter.
While the Lady Trojans failed to do much offensively in the second quarter, they were fortunate that New Bloomfield was missing free throws. They made just 3-of-10 in the quarter and 7-of-17 in the first half but still held a 24-20 edge at the break.
In spite of losing the energy of Deann Brooks, who picked up her fifth fail just :25 seconds into the third quarter, the Lady Trojans started to take control of the game.
Community R-VI put together a 5-0 run and eventually took a three point lead on Chelsea Hoyt’s basket. Eight turnovers hurt the Lady Trojans from increasing their edge.
Heading into the fourth quarter with a one point lead, things turned quickly as New Bloomfield put together a 13-0 run to go up by 10 points.
Community R-VI’s players showed some resolve with a 5-0 run to cut the lead to 41-37. Thomas made two free throws with :58.6 seconds left to trim the lead to one point. About :23 seconds later, the Lady Trojans were unable to pick up a critical rebound on a missed free throw.
Alissa Curtis hit a late 3-pointer with :4.5 seconds left but the Lady Trojans couldn’t complete the rally in a 49-45 loss.
“We were down one with :35 seconds left and fouled the right girl to send to the line based on her free throw percentage for the season,” Bob Curtis added. “She missed them both and in a lapse of effort we did not fight hard enough to come up with the loose ball to go have a chance to win one at the end of regulation. They secured the rebound and got it to their best free throw shooter and she proceeded to make them both to seal the win. It is the little things right now that are making a huge difference in a win and a loss for our team as we have been turning the ball over entirely too much mixed with putting our opponent on the line far to many times late in contests. We are a very young talented team that is still working on the management of a game, the clock, and our emotions at the varsity level. We are explosive and our ‘A’ game can beat anybody. We have been careless with the ball and taken a lot of forced shots in the past week.”
The Lady Trojans made 16-of-49 shots from the field and 11-of-17 free throws in the loss. They also had 22 turnovers. New Bloomfield made 10-of-41 shots from the field and 26-of-44 free throw attempts with 25 turnovers.
Alissa Curtis led the Lady Trojans with 19 points, seven blocks, four rebounds, and two steals. Thomas added eight points and two steals; Chelsea Hoyt had six points, seven steals, three rebounds, and one assist; Danie Jackson had three points, eight rebounds, three assists, and one steal; Clark had two points, two rebounds, one assist, and one steal; Brooks added two points, five rebounds, two assists, two steals, and one block; Dalaney Bowers added five points and four rebounds; Sadie Hoyt added two assists and one steal; Delanie Windmann had four rebounds and one assist; and Bryant had one block, one assist, and one rebound.
Falling to Paris
In the first round of the Sturgeon Tournament, the Lady Trojans lost a disappointing game to Paris, 55-33. Statistics were not made available at press time for the match-up with the Lady Coyotes.