After finishing a disappointing sixth place in the Sturgeon Tournament, Community R-VI Lady Trojans head coach Bob Curtis knew his team needed to turn things around quick in a week featuring a battle with a state-ranked opponent and a Homecoming game against a rival.
Fortunately, his team responded by outscoring Westran and Wellsville-Middletown, 112-79, in a pair of victories.
In a match-up with a 15-win Westran squad that is likely the No. 1 seed in the upcoming Class 2, District 7 Tournament, the Lady Trojans’ defense held the state-ranked squad to 12 points or less in all four quarters.
In fact, Westran scored just three points in the first quarter and four in the second quarter as Community R-VI led 22-7 at halftime. The Lady Trojans held on in the second half to win the game by 12 points, 43-31.
“I told them before the game that this would be the biggest win for us so far this year if we could execute the game plan,” Bob Curtis said. “I was never so pleased as our defense was excellent in the first half holding them to seven points at the half and holding their best two offensive kids, who average 27 a game, to just four points combined in the contest. I give a ton of credit to Deann Brooks, Chelsea Hoyt, and Taren Clark who shared the role of guarding their dynamic duo Burton and Denslow. Without their effort and intensity I am not sure we pull a win like this off.”
Natalie Thomas made 10-of-17 shots from the field for 23 points, three rebounds, two blocks, two steals, and one assist.
“Offensively, Natalie Thomas was dynamite all afternoon handling their pressure and making them pay for playing man-to-man defense as they could not contain one-on-one,” Bob Curtis said. “She had a game-high 21 points and showed up big for us every time the Lady Hornets tried to make a run.”
Junior Alissa Curtis made 7-of-8 free throws for 12 points, four rebounds, three assists, one steal, and one block.
Danie Jackson hit a big 3-pointer in the first half and finished the game with five points, seven rebounds, two steals, and two assists. Clark added three points, three rebounds, and one assist; Brooks scored two points, three rebounds, three assists, and two steals; Chelsea Hoyt had two points, three rebounds, three assists, and two steals; Dalaney Bowers added three rebounds; and Delanie Windmann had one assist.
Neither team could miss offensively in the first 16 minutes of the Lady Trojans’ Homecoming game against the Lady Tigers last Friday night. Community R-VI held a 28-19 halftime lead before Brooks took over the game in the second half. She scored 13 points in the third quarter and 16 in the fourth quarter for 29 second-half points.
In fact, she scored 29 of the team’s 41 points in the final two quarters to win the game, 69-48.
She also had a double-double as she added 11 rebounds and one steal.
“Since we inserted her in the starting line-up, she has affected games with her defense and now with an offensive effort that was only three points away from tying the school record of 35.”
Thomas was just two rebounds shy of a triple-double as she had 14 points, 10 assists, eight rebounds, four steals, and one block.
Alissa Curtis tallied 12 points, eight rebounds, two assists, one steal, and one block; Bowers scored six points, two rebounds, one assist, and one steal; Clark had four points, two assists, two steals, and one rebound; Jackson added two points, four steals, three rebounds, three assists, and one block; Chelsea Hoyt had nine rebounds, three assists, and two steals; Windmann had two rebounds; while Kaley Diesel and Lauryn Robnett each added one rebound.