After beating four state-ranked teams in a row å this past week’s Sturgeon Tournament, the Community R-VI Lady Trojans moved themselves up to No. 2 in Class 1.
As if their recent schedule wasn’t brutal enough, they entered a tough Sturgeon Tournament where they knew they could battle some tough Class 3 schools as well as other state-ranked teams.
The Lady Trojans dug deep and found a way to pick up a double overtime victory over Class 3 South Callaway and they crushed the host Lady Bulldogs, who normally find a way to beat them in the tournament every year.
Unfortunately, with effort exhausted in the semifinals game along with two starters not at 100 percent, the Lady Trojans lost their first game of the year in the championship game. Salisbury’s defense forced the Lady Trojans’ offense to score under 10 points in three quarters and managed to pick up a 50-31 victory.
Community R-VI’s offense was an ugly 7-of-52 from the field in the loss that dropped their record to 17-1 on the season.
“We could not throw it in the ocean and played really tight,” said Community R-VI head coach Bob Curtis. “It hurts to break up the undefeated season, but it might allow us to breathe and relax a little before the playoffs get started. We just have to forget about this game as we just uncharacteristically shot the ball terrible. Credit goes to Salisbury as they played well all week beating three solid teams to claim the title. I think our double overtime win took a lot out of us and we were a little banged up with two starters not at 100%.”
Salisbury led 24-11 at halftime before winning the game by 19 points.
Natalie Thomas led the team with 13 points, Dalaney Bowers had six points, and Brianna Beamer added five points.
In the semifinals, the Lady Trojans took on the No. 2 seed from South Callaway, who won the tournament last season.
South Callaway took a 13-8 first quarter lead before the Lady Trojans becomes the aggressor in the contest.
Tied at 42 after regulation, both teams scored seven points in the first overtime session before the Lady Trojans pulled away late in the second overtime for a 62-59 win.
Thomas and Bowers combined to score 13 points combined out of the team’s 20 total points in the two overtime sessions.
“We ramped our defensive effort, led by Taren Clark and Lauryn Robnett, who got us back in the game in the second quarter with their defensive effort,” Curtis added.
Thomas led Community R-VI with 27 points and seven assists; Bowers had 20 points and four steals; Sadie Hoyt had nine points and six rebounds; and Deann Brooks scored four points and five rebounds.
In the opening round, the Lady Trojans played Sturgeon for the third time this season.
Community R-VI’s defense held the Lady Bulldogs scoreless in the second quarter to take a 19-3 lead into halftime.
Bowers made three big three-pointers to help the Lady Trojans pull away for a 45-20 win.
“I thought our defense was really good for the first 16 minutes of this ball game, holding them to just three at the half,” Curtis noted.
“Executing the game plan defensively has helped us through a tough stretch of games the last two weeks.”
Bowers led the team with 14 points and two steals; Thomas had nine points and three steals; Hoyt and Beamer each scored seven points; Brooks added four points and seven rebounds; while Alexis Welch had four points.