It was a season to remember for the Community R-VI Lady Trojans basketball team after they recently won back-to-back district championships for the first time in school history.
The team had 20 victories and were ready to give undefeated Mercer everything they had in the state sectionals last Tuesday in Kirksville.
Unfortunately, Mercer’s big second quarter helped them end the Lady Trojans’ season with a 60-45 victory.
“(It was a) great season,” said Community R-VI head girls basketball coach Bob Curtis. “(I’m) very proud of the girls and their accomplishments this season.”
The game began with both teams scoring nine points in the first quarter before Mercer went on a 22-5 run in the second quarter to take a 31-14 halftime lead.
In spite of beating Mercer by two points in 24 minutes played through three of the game’s quarters, the Lady Trojans lost the game by 15 points.
“Mercer was fantastic at the line, connecting on 26-of-28 free throws in the contest,” Bob Curtis said. “It is no surprise why they are 29-0 on the season.”
Samm Jett tried to spark a comeback in the second half as she scored 16 of her team-high 21 points. She also had four rebounds.
Freshman Alissa Curtis had 11 points, four rebounds, one block, and one steal. She also drew two charges against talented point guard Nicole Kost.
“We had talked prior to the game about how important it was to try and get them into foul trouble and it was clear that Alissa was going to try and make that happen when they got in the paint,” Bob Curtis said.
Danielle Brooks had nine points, four rebounds, and one assist; Chelsea Hoyt added four points, two rebounds, and one steal; Tayler Cope had two points; Danie Jackson tallied seven rebounds; and Rebecca Hagan had three rebounds.
Senior Sam Jackson played her last game in the loss. She had two steals, two assists, and one rebound in her final game.
“Our only senior Sam Jackson will be missed as she is a tough nosed player who defended the opponent’s best player each night and did all the dirty work for us,” Bob Curtis said.
The Lady Trojans finished the season with a 20-8 record.