In a clash of two of the best girls basketball teams in the EMO Conference, the Community R-VI Lady Trojans picked up a big victory over Montgomery County last week, 43-28, to keep their chances at a regular season championship alive. The win moved the Lady Trojans’ record to 9-0 in the EMO Conference.
During the victory, the Lady Trojans’ defense held the Lady Wildcats to eight points or less in three quarters.
“The most impressive part of the evening was our defensive effort and rebounding, two things that have not been super consistent for us this year,” said Community R-VI head coach Bob Curtis.
“If we get stops like we did tonight, the rest of February is going to be a lot of fun as we are playing our best basketball right now.”
Montgomery County got the best of the Lady Trojans early, taking a 12-8 lead at the end of the first quarter.
Community R-VI responded with a lot of energy in the second quarter as Natalie Thomas and Alissa Curtis combined to scored 15 of the team’s 17 points to help the Lady Trojans outscore the Lady Wildcats 17-2 before halftime.
One big play was Delanie Windmann taking a charge in the second quarter to get a Lady Wildcats’ guard to pick up a second foul.
Up 11, Community R-VI’s offense did just enough in the second half to get a 15-point win.
Alissa Curtis scored a double-double of 16 points, 16 rebounds, three blocks, three steals, and two assists.
She also held Montgomery County’s tall post player to just one point in the win.
Thomas had 15 points, nine rebounds, five steals, two assists, and one block; Chelsea Hoyt scored six points, five rebounds, one steal, and one block; Dalaney Bowers had six points, four steals, three rebounds, and one block; Taren Clark added two rebounds, two assists, and one steal; Windmann had two rebounds; Bethany Schmidt added one rebound and one steal; and Sadie Hoyt had one assist.
On Senior Night against Silex, the Lady Trojans had a big first and third quarters to pull away for a 53-20 win over the Lady Owls.
Community R-VI led 16-9 at the end of the first quarter before extending their lead to 10 at halftime.
The Lady Trojans dominated the third quarter with a 21-9 frame as they cruised to the big 33-point win.
The defense held Silex to nine points or less in all four quarters.
All three seniors scored in the big win. Alissa Curtis had six points, two rebounds, two steals, two blocks, and one assist; Bethany Schmidt added three points and three rebounds; while Chelsea Hoyt tallied seven points, six steals, two rebounds, and two assists.
Natalie Thomas scored a game-high 14 points, seven steals, six assists, and two rebounds; Bowers added 10 points, four steals, two rebounds, and one assist; Beamer had nine points, four rebounds, and one steal; Sadie Hoyt added three points, two rebounds, and one assist; Clark scored one point, three assists, two rebounds, and one steal; both Morgan Bryant and Angel had one rebound; Lauryn Robnett had two assists and two steals; while Windmann had one steal.
Prior to those two big wins, the Lady Trojans knocked off rival Wellsville, 69-30.
Community R-VI jumped out to a 26-6 first quarter lead and never looked back in the 39-point win.
Thomas led the team with 22 points, five steals, four assists, and three rebounds; Bowers scored 17 points, two rebounds, two assists; and one steal; Emmi Johnson had seven points, one rebound, and one steal; Alissa Curtis scored six points, five rebounds, two blocks, one steal, and one assist; Beamer had four points, two rebounds, and one assist; Windmann had four points, two rebounds, and one steal; Sadie Hoyt had three points, two rebounds, and one assist; Chelsea Hoyt tallied two points, five rebounds, three steals, and two assists; Angel scored two points, one rebound, and one assist; Kaley Diesel had two rebounds and two assists; Bryant tallied four assists, three steals, and one rebound; Emma Hombs had one assist; and both Robnett and Schmidt had one steal.