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Lady Trojans pick up pair of big victories

Posted on Wednesday, February 8, 2012 at 3:26 am

Brittni Brandwein finds a lane against Sturgeon.

The Community R-VI Lady Trojans saw their record drop below .500 after finishing a disappointing fourth place in the Sturgeon Tournament.
Community R-VI head coach Bob Curtis was hoping his team could get back on track in their EMO Conference matchup with rival Wellsville. Fortunately, his team responded by holding Wellsville to four points or less in three quarters for an easy 51-17 victory.
Community R-VI led 27-8 at halftime and never looked back in teh 34-point victory.
“Eight different girls scored on a night where we shot the ball a lot better from the field,” Bob Curtis said. “It is my hope that we continue to make shots on a nightly basis because if we do I feel like our defense gives us a chance against just about anybody.”
Brittni Brandwein led the Lady Trojans with 17 points after making four 3-pointers and also had four steals.
Shelby Curtis had 14 points and five assists; Paige Curtis tallied seven points and seven rebounds; while Paige Harris added seven rebounds.
The Lady Trojans also picked up a huge victory over a South Callaway team that was successful in the Sturgeon Tournament as they won 49-42. The Lady Trojans traveled to South Callaway and led 29-23 at halftime and held on late for the seven point victoyr.
In the first half, the Lady Trojans shot 47-percent from the field.
“It was one of the better games for us this season,” Bob Curtis said. “…South Callaway is a much improved ball club from a year ago. Beating them on the road maybe just the boost we need going into the second half of our season.”
Brandwein made three 3-pointers and finished with 20 points and seven rebounds. Paige Curtis had 11 points, Alisha Arens had six points, and Shelby Curtis added four assists.
The Lady Trojans finished their week with a competitive game through three quarters against a 13-5 Sturgeon squad.
The game was tied at 42 heading into the fourth before Sturgeon pulled away behind a 13-0 run and won the game 64-52. Community R-VI made 14-of-20 free throws in the loss.
“There’s a reason they’re 13-5,” Bob Curtis said. “They got good depth…One of the positives is we shot free throws a lot better his evening.”
It was a game of runs as the Lady Trojans took a four point lead with a 6-0 run before Sturgeon answered and led by six when Shelby Curtis nailed a 3-pointer near the buzzer.
In the second quarter, Brandwein sparked a 5-0 run on her second 3-pointer of the game to keep the lead at three points. The Lady Trojans trailed by two with two minutes to go before halftime and used the full time left to eventually  tie the game before halftime.
Brandwein scored 14 points in the first half and nailed a 3-pointer midway through the third to give the Lady Trojans a 38-36 lead.
Shelby Curtis later converted a 3-point play to push the lead to 41-36 after a 6-0 run before Sturgeon made a late run to tie the game at 42. The Lady Trojans made 14-of-20 free throws and 16-of-46 shots from the field in the loss. Brandwein led Community R-VI with 22 points, four steals, and one rebound while Shelby Curtis tallied 19 points, four assists, two rebounds, two steals, and one block. Paige Curtis had nine points, eight rebounds, three steals, and one block; Amelia Knipfel had three points, two assists, and one rebound; Arens tallied three rebounds, two steals, and one assist; Paige Harris had four assists, one rebound, and one steal; and Emmalee McCoskey added four rebounds and two steals.
“Shelby played extremely well,” Bob Curtis said. “…We liked to have her have a big game in a big game.”