By Clay Coleman
CAIRO—Community’s Lady Trojans triumphed last Friday night, defeating Cairo’s Bearcats 44 – 24, winning the Class 1, District 10 title for the third year in a row. The Trojans now advance to Sectionals, playing the Chamois Pirates this Tuesday in Harrisburg.
“Cairo came in with a plan of limiting the number of shots the Lady Trojans would make, and keep the score manageable by the 4th period and go on a late-game run,” said Trojan’s coach Bob Curtis, talking strategy.
That strategy seemed to take hold as the game started slow for both teams—Community only putting 5 points on the scoreboard by the end of the first quarter.
But Cairo’s strategy fell apart at the top of the second, when the Trojans top scorer, Natalie Thomas, got the ball. Thomas was the lead scorer for the night, putting away 11 points, 4 steals, and 5 rebounds by the end of the game.
“We generated 15 points in the second quarter despite still trying to play keep-away with Cairo,” Curtis said. “This was the third time we played each other, so we expected to see a game that limited offense possessions and was very creative on defense.”
But sticking to his game plan, Curtis put constant pressure on Cairo, limiting Trojan fouls, while getting enough lay-ups to put a healthy lead on the board. By the beginning of the third, Cairo’s strategy had all but fallen apart.
“Thomas has become such a great defender and passer to compliment her uncanny ability to score,” Curtis said about his star player, “but Bowers had a different gear on defense. She’s flying around, causing deflections and havoc on our opponents, leading to easy buckets.”
By the fourth period of the game, with Community leading Cairo by a score of 38 – 18, Deann Brooks, fresh off a medical injury, took charge by putting away 9 points, with 5 rebounds.
“Brooks has been a shot in the arm coming back off a meniscus tear,” Curtis said. “She is one of the smoothest posts I have ever coached finishing around the rim with great hands.”
But the game wasn’t complete without mentioning the rest of the Trojan pack, who throughout the season, has led Community to an excellent record of 26 wins, with one loss.
“Sadie Hoyt drew the tough assignment of guarding Chrisman, who had about 20 in the semifinal and as usual held her to single digits with outstanding defense,” Curtis said about his star defender. “Sadie does the dirty work for our team and is so unselfish. I couldn’t be more proud of a kid willing to do whatever it takes to win.”
As the clock ticked down the final seconds of the game, the Trojan fans took to their feet as their Lady Trojans brought home another district title, winning the game by a score of 44 – 24.
Sectionals are Tuesday at Harrisburg High School at 6 pm.