Nearly one year ago to the day, the Community R-VI Lady Trojans played against Sturgeon in the Sturgeon Tournament finals in a game featuring 45 personal fouls, 25 of them being charged to R-VI.
No wonder Community R-VI head coach Bob Curtis felt a case of deja vu when his Lady Trojans hosted EMO Conference rival Silex on Homecoming night last week. Not only did referee Jamie Hughes call both games, this time Community R-VI was again charged with 25 team fouls. Both teams combined for 42 team fouls and 63 free throw shots.
Like last year; however, the Lady Trojans were on the losing end, falling 60-52.
“It was the first time in my 11 years that the opponent shot 44 free throws in one of our home games,” Bob Curtis said. “We were in foul trouble early and could never recover. We only went to the foul line 20 times in a closely called ball game.”
Both teams traded baskets early as Brittni Brandwein led the Lady Trojans with seven points and Paige Curtis had five points.
Silex led late in the quarter before Shelby Curtis hit a 3-pointer at the buzzer to give Community R-VI an 18-16 edge.
Shelby Curtis continued to be a spark for the Lady Trojans in the second quarter when Paige Curtis left the game with her third foul. She scored six of Community R-VI’s eight points as Silex led 29-26 at halftime.
Remarkably, Silex already shot 25 free throws in the first half and made 15 of them to take a three point lead. While the Lady Trojans forced 10 turnovers in the third quarter, they could never overcome the Lady Owls getting to the free throw line.
Silex did lead by eight when Paige Harris completed a rare four-point play. Brandwein’s 3-pointer extended the run to 7-0 but Silex made the shots when they needed them for a 43-37 edge.
Silex made 8-of-10 free throws in the fourth while the Lady Trojans made just 6-of-18 shots from the field as the Lady Owls won by eight.
Three Community R-VI players fouled out of the game.
Brandwein led the Lady Trojans with 13 points, two steals, one rebound, one assist, and one block while Shelby Curtis had 12 points, two steals, two assists, and two rebounds.
Paige Curtis tallied 11 points, seven rebounds, one steal, one block, and one assist; Paige Harris had seven points, seven assists, four steals, and three rebounds; Amelia Knipfel added four points, one rebound, one steal, and one assist; Arens had two points, three rebounds, and one steal; Melissa McCoskey had two points, six rebounds, two steals, and two assists; Samantha Jackson had one point and one rebound; Julie Hale had one steal; and Bianca Stafford had two rebounds.
Before falling to Silex, the Lady Trojans took on a Monroe City team that was the No. 2 seed in the upcoming Palmyra Tournament and nearly upset the Lady Panthers. The Lady Trojans outscored Monroe City 17-13 in the fourth quarter but lost 51-49.
“We gave ourselves a chance to beat a really good Monroe City team on the road and just came up a little short,” Bob Curtis said.
Brandwein nailed five 3-pointers and scored a team-high 23 points. Shelby Curtis nailed three 3-pointers for her nine points, Harris scored seven points, and both Paige Curtis and Arens each scored five points.