Madison Tournament girls basketball coaches were eager to see a hyped clash between two teams who won district titles and 20+ games a year ago when the Community R-VI Lady Trojans took on Cairo in the championship game. Cairo entered the game as the No. 7 team in Class 2 and battled an eight win Lady Trojans team.
Though Community R-VI rallied in the third quarter, they couldn’t complete a comeback in a 59-52 loss.
The Lady Trojans were in foul trouble throughout as Cairo took 33 free throw shots. In spite of the challenge, the Lady Trojans cut the lead to one with four minutes left in the fourth. Unfortunately, Cairo went to the free throw line on three straight possessions and extended the lead to kill Community R-VI’s momentum.
Earlier in the game, Cairo was up by double-digits and led 30-18 at halftime before the Lady Trojans outscored them 13-6 in the third, though it wasn’t enough.
“I was very proud of my girls as they were down 12 at the half and never quit grinding it out making the Lady Bearcats earn it,” said Community R-VI head coach Bob Curtis.
Danielle Brooks led the Lady Trojans in the title game with 18 points and four assists. She also made 9-of-14 free throws.
“I thought she did an excellent job handling the Bearcat pressure all night,” Bob Curtis added. “Her senior leadership was excellent tonight.”
Alissa Curtis added 12 points, 12 rebounds, three assists, and two steals. For the tournament, Curtis had 39 points in three games with 29 rebounds.
“Alissa had a great tournament…,” Bob Curtis said.
Samm Jett added six points, three rebounds, two blocks, and one steal; Rebecca Hagan had six points; Taren Clark added five points, two rebounds, and one steal; Danie Jackson added three points, three rebounds, and one block; and Chelsea Hoyt tallied two points, two rebounds, and one steal.
In the second round, the Lady Trojans led 28-19 at halftime over Paris before holding on late for a 45-39 win over a Lady Coyotes team that won 22 games a year ago and that was returning every player. Bob Curtis’ team used a committee to defend Paris standout Drew Lockhart and held her to just 13 points.
Jett and Alissa Curtis each had 10 points in the first half as they both finished with 14 points. Alissa Curtis also had eight rebounds.
“I thought we did a nice job against their press getting some easy buckets and not turning the ball over in the first half,” Bob Curtis said.
Hoyt added five points; Brooks had five points and four assists; Hagan had five points; and Jackson had two points. The team made 12-of-19 free throws in the win.
In the first round, the Lady Trojans got off to a strong start against rival Van-Far after creating turnovers with their press to take a 24-5 first quarter lead.
Younger Lady Trojans’ saw time in the final 24 minutes and helped the team pick up a 46-30 win. Jett scored 14 points, six steals, four rebounds, and one assist while Alissa Curtis had 13 points, five rebounds, four steals, two blocks, and one assist. Brooks added 10 points, three rebounds, three assists, and three steals; Hoyt added five points, four steals, and one assist; Jackson had four points, two rebounds, one steal, and one assist; Hagan had two rebounds; Lexus LaGesse, Bethany Schmidt, and Delanie Windmann each had one rebound; Cope had one assist; and Mikyla Wagner had one assist and one steal.