The Community R-VI Lady Trojans’ offense was a major reason the girls basketball team finished undefeated in the EMO Conference, earned a district crown, and picked up their 20th win of the season this past month. Unfortunately, their great run came to an end in the Class 1 State Sectionals when they made just 8-of-46 shots in a tough 32-24 loss to Glasgow. Glasgow, who also struggled offensively making just 9-of-31 shots, has since advanced to the Final Four.
In the defensive battle, neither team scored 10 points or more in any of the four quarters.
“It was a defensive struggle from the very beginning as no one seemed to be able to score on the opposing team,” said Community R-VI head coach Bob Curtis. “I was so proud of how our girls defended the 6’1 and 6’0 post players that two years ago in a quarterfinal match-up gave us so many problems playing over the top of us. We really did an excellent job guarding them all night; we were aggressive nabbing 11 steals in the contest, and rebounded well despite the obvious size advantage. Glasgow makes you play their tempo and we took some quick unnecessary contested shots rather than looking for a more open look. That happens a lot when you are trying to play catch up.”
In the sectional played at Sturgeon High School, Glasgow jumped out to a slim 9-6 first quarter lead before holding the Lady Trojans to just four second-quarter points.
Glasgow led 16-10 at halftime when the Lady Trojans began climbing back into the game in the third quarter. It wasn’t enough as Community R-VI missed all nine of their 3-point attempts in the game as Glasgow held on for the eight point win. Glasgow made 5-of-13 from behind the perimeter to hold off the Lady Trojans.
Natalie Thomas led Community R-VI with 11 points and three steals; Alissa Curtis had seven points and eight rebounds; Dalaney Bowers added four points and two steals; while both Sadie Hoyt and Delanie Windmann scored one point.
Community R-VI ended their season with a 20-7 overall record and will see more of Glasgow next season when they join the CAC Conference that also features Madison and Sturgeon.
“Looking out how the season unfolded, we are very excited to join the CAC Conference next year as some of our most exciting contests this season took place with Madison, Glasgow, and Sturgeon, who will quickly become healthy rivals of ours in the 2018-2019 season,” Bob Curtis noted.