Last Friday night’s match-up of undefeated EMO Conference girls basketball teams meant that either Community R-VI or Clopton would end the evening sitting in the driver’s seat for a regular season championship with just a few games remaining.
With :04 seconds left in regulation, Natalie Thomas’ shot fell a little short, sending the game into overtime tied at 44-44. In overtime, Alissa Curtis made a big basket before Clopton’s Maya Street hit a 3-pointer to put the Lady Hawks up by one point.
With :20 seconds remaining, Dalaney Bowers hit a runner in the lane to give Community R-VI back the lead for good.
Clopton then took a last-second shot that fell short, giving the Lady Trojans the win to move their record to 6-0 in the EMO Conference.
Later in the week, the Lady Hawks lost a second EMO Conference game to better help the Lady Trojans’ road to a conference crown.
“Some games will get lost in the memories of fans, this one will not as the crowd roared on every bucket scored in a big game that saw the top two teams at this time in the EMO face off,” said Community R-VI head coach Bob Curtis.
During the regular session, the Lady Trojans jumped out to a 9-4 first quarter lead before Clopton rallied to take a one-point lead at halftime.
Clopton had a 20-point third quarter before a late Lady Trojans’ rally tied things at the end of regulation.
Thomas finished with 13 points, one rebound, and one assist while Bowers tallied 11 points, two rebounds, two steals, and one assist.
Alissa Curtis had 10 points, six rebounds, six assists, three steals, and two blocks.
Chelsea Hoyt had six points, seven rebounds, and one assist; Delanie Windmann added six points and three rebounds; and Taren Clark scored three points, five rebounds, five assists, and four steals.