After picking up another four victories last week, the Community R-VI Lady Trojans are now ranked sixth in the latest Class 1 state rankings by the Missouri Basketball Coaches Association (MBCA).
On Saturday, the Lady Trojans participated in the Gary Filbert Classic at Mexico High School.
In their battle with Harrisburg, the Lady Trojans’ defense held their opponent to seven points or less in three quarters. Community R-VI led 26-20 at halftime before cruising to the 19-point victory.
The Lady Trojans had their hands full early as their 16-5 first quarter was followed by Harrisburg cutting the lead by five points to trail by six at halftime.
Community R-VI responded with a 25-12 second half to win the game, 51-32.
“Brianna Beamer was really solid against their three-quarter court trap in the second half, breaking their pressure and pumping in eight of her 13 in the second half,” said Community R-VI head coach Bob Curtis. “Dalaney Bowers hit two big three’s against their zone that extended the lead to a comfortable margin both times. Sadie Hoyt had a double/double and guarded their best player all night holding her opponent to just seven, which is well under her points per game. She was a beast no other way to describe it.”
Hoyt did finish with 12 points and 14 rebounds. Bowers had 15 points and three rebounds; Beamer added 13 points and four assists; Natalie Thomas scored eight points; Kaley Diesel had two points; and Delanie Windmann scored one point.
On Friday night, the Trojans dominated North Shelby during on Courtwarming night as they won the game, 74-32.
Community R-VI jumped out to a 10-point first quarter lead before going ahead by 11 points at halftime.
They outscored the Lady Raiders 37-9 in the second half to cruise to the big 42-point victory.
“We had 12 different Lady Trojans score in the contest, which was exciting,” Curtis said. “We also finished 19-23 from the free-throw line, which was a key factor for us.”
Bowers led the team with 16 points and three steals; Hoyt had 13 points and seven rebounds; Thomas scored 10 points and five assists; Welch scored 10 points and four rebounds; Beamer had eight points and three assists; Taren Clark and Lauryn Robnett each had four points; Morgan Bryan scored three points; while Emma Hombs, Emma Angel, Kaley Diesel, and Emmi Johnson each scored two points.
Before those two big victories, the Lady Trojans won their first two games in the Central Activities Conference (C.A.C.).
Against a Sturgeon squad that seemed to have their number in the past, the Lady Trojans took it to Sturgeon last Tuesday night.
They jumped out to a 12-4 first quarter lead before the defense shut out the Bulldogs in the second quarter.
Up 21-4 at halftime, the Lady Trojans’ offense continued to pour it on in the second half to win the game, 48-30.
Beamer made four big 3-pointers in the win.
“Defensively, played very well and held them to four points at the half,” Curtis said. “We knew that would not hold up as they came out passionate about getting back in the game in the second half. They have played a tough stretch of games and tried to fight back but we weathered the storm.”
Beamer scored 16 points, five rebounds, and three steals; Thomas had 15 points; Hoyt and Bowers each scored six points; Deann Brooks and Morgan Bryant each scored two points; and Clark had one point.
Community R-VI started their week by crushing Slater, 78-12.
Thomas led the team with 13 points and four assists while Bowers added 13 points.
Beamer scored 10 points and three steals; Hoyt had seven points and six rebounds; Bryant had six points; Angel, Brooks, Johnson, and Robnett each scored four points; Welch had nine points and four rebounds; both Windmann and Diesel scored two points; and Hombs had one point.