On an emotional night for the Vandalia area community after the sudden passing of Felicity Goodpasture-Culwell along with a cancer awareness event for her husband Shannon Culwell, Jr. called “Shannon Strong,” the Community R-VI Lady Trojans knew the evening could be challenging in its match-up with Van-Far.
In a strong show of support, the Lady Trojans’ players and coaches wore “Shannon Strong” T-Shirts.
Fortunately for the Lady Trojans, the girls were able to answer the challenge with a 22-11 first quarter lead.
They added 18 more points in the second quarter to take a 40-22 halftime lead.
“Offensively, we definitely fired on all cylinders in the first quarter pumping in 22 points in the first quarter and 18 in the second,” said Community R-VI head coach Bob Curtis.
“Dalaney Bowers had a great first quarter, getting her hands on a lot of balls in the press and scoring seven points in the first five minutes.”
The Lady Trojans’ defense closed in on the Lady Indians in the second half, holding them to seven points or less in the final two quarters for a total of just 10 points.
Community R-VI had a solid game and eventually cruised to a 61-32 road victory.
“Chelsea Hoyt also had a big game pouring in 12 points from the forward position,” Bob Curtis said.
“Alissa was dominate in the post as we wanted to get more points in the paint versus zone defense rather than settling for perimeter jump shots and she did an excellent job with that adjustment. Girls are settling into their roles and we are getting better each day.”
Alissa Curtis led the Lady Trojans with 13 points and eight rebounds; Chelsea Hoyt had 12 points and five rebounds; Bowers added nine points and three steals; Natalie Thomas tallied eight points and four assists; Taren Clark scored six points; Morgan Bryant had six points; Brianna Beamer added three points; and both Bethany Schmidt and Emmi Johnson scored two points.
The Lady Trojans are now 4-1 for the season.