When the Community R-VI Lady Trojans won a nailbiter over Bowling Green on the road in December, head girls basketball coach Bob Curtis knew his team would have a chance at finishing a perfect 10-0 in conference play.
Then after beating Clopton, who ended up having two conference losses like Bowling Green, all the Lady Trojans needed to do was knock off Mark Twain in the regular season finale to go undefeated.
On Mark Twain’s Senior Night last Friday, the squad’s dream became a reality in their 57-42 win to give them a 10-0 conference record and 18-6 overall mark.
“This team kind of has a refuse-to-lose attitude that is special,” Bob Curtis said about his team that last won a conference crown in 2007.
“No matter what the score all year long they would fight and claw for 32 minutes and usually come out on top.”
As Mark Twain was led by senior Mackenzie Lathrom in the first quarter with a tied 11-11 game, the Lady Trojans were able to open up a five point lead at halftime behind the bench play of Brianna Bamer, Sadie Hoyt, and Delanie Windmann.
All three players sparked the team with their energy and effort.
Beamer hit a big 3-pointer to change the momentum and was key defensively guarding Lathrom when Taren Clark picked up some early fouls.
Community R-VI’s defense held Mark Twain to 11 points or less in each of the final two quarters as the Lady Trojans cruised to a 15-point win.
The Trojans’ defense held Lathrom to 21 points due to the defensive play of Taren Clark and Natalie Thomas.
Offensively, Alissa Curtis led the team with a double-double of 21 points and 11 rebounds. She also had eight steals and three assists.
Dalaney Bowers scored in double digits with 10 points, three rebounds, three assists, and two steals; Thomas scored nine points, two rebounds, and one steal; Sadie Hoyt scored six points, six rebounds, one steal, and one assist; Chelsea Hoyt added six points, five steals, four rebounds, and two assists; Beamer scored three points, two rebounds, and one steal; Windmann added two points and four rebounds; Bethany Schmidt added three rebounds; and Clark had six assists, one rebound, and one steal.
Picking up road win over North Shelby
Earlier in the week, the Lady Trojans’ defense held North Shelby’s offense to nine points or less in all four quarters during a 49-21 win.
“Out of halftime, we really played solid defense and took control of the game outscoring them 18-3 in that frame,” Bob Curtis said.
Bowers scored 13 points, two rebounds, two assists, two steals, and one block in the win.
Community R-VI senior Alissa Curtis added 12 points, six rebounds, three steals, one assist, and one block; Sadie Hoyt scored eight points and four rebounds; Thomas had eight points, four assists, four steals, and three rebounds; Clark scored four points, five rebounds, two assists, and one steal; Chelsea Hoyt had four points, three steals, two assists, and one rebound; Morgan Bryant had five rebounds, one assist, and one steal; Emma Angel added one rebound, one assist, and one steal; Windmann picked up one rebound; Emmi Johnson had one assist and one steal; and Beamer had one block.