When the Community R-VI girls basketball team entered last week’s Madison Tournament as the No. 1 seed, head coach Bob Curtis was hoping his team might have a chance to get revenge on Salisbury and find a way to win the title.
His squad did beat Salisbury in the semifinals but lost the championship game after Hallsville pulled away late.
“We had a good week beating Madison and a good Salisbury team that beat us on a last second shot a year ago,” Bob Curtis said. “This game was a one point game with about six minutes to go in the game. It was close throughout but we struggled to get over the hump and grab the lead. We missed a lot of free-throws tonight which is not typically a problem area for us. Down the stretch, missed free-throws and some easy buckets made by the Indians on the back of our press was the difference.”
Samm Jett opened the championship game for the Lady Trojans with a 3-pointer as they led 5-2 before Hallsville made an 8-0 run. Down by one point, freshman Alissa Curtis began to establish herself in the paint with six points. Rebecca Hagan added a 3-pointer and a total of five points but the Lady Trojans trailed 20-18 at halftime.
Community R-VI made just 7-of-23 shots from the first half while holding Hallsville to making just 9-of-28 shots from the field.
In the third quarter, the Lady Trojans could not get any closer than two points as Hallsville pulled ahead by five.
Community R-VI started the fourth quarter on a 9-5 run and cut the lead to 37-36 before a couple of turnovers led to Hallsville going on a 16-4 run to win the game by nine.
Jett led the Lady Trojans with 20 points, four rebounds, two assists, and one steal while Curtis tallied nine points, six rebounds, two steals, one assist, and one block.
Danielle Brooks scored all seven of her points in the fourth quarter as she also had seven assists, two rebounds, and two steals. Hagan had five points, two rebounds, one block, and one steal; Danie Jackson had two points, two rebounds, two blocks, and two steals; Chelsea Hoyt had two points, four rebounds, one steal, and one assist; and Samantha Jackson had two points and four rebounds.
When Community R-VI head coach Bob Curtis saw the brackets offered his team a chance for a rematch with Salisbury, his Lady Trojans couldn’t wait for the opportunity.
In the semifinals, the Lady Trojans struggled early and were down 5-4 after the end of the first quarter. Community R-VI responded in the second quarter by outscoring their opponent 15-8 to take a 19-13 halftime lead. The Lady Trojans held on in the second half to win the game, 43-37.
Brooks made 4-of-6 free throws in the fourth quarter and Hagan made two key 3-pointers in the second half to help seal the win.
“Salisbury is a great defensive team and we matched their effort so every bucket made took a lot of effort,” Bob Curtis said. “We have looked forward to this rematch for a year as they beat us on a last second shot a year ago in the semifinal. Girls really wanted to be in the championship game this year after missing out last year.”
Jett led the team with 18 points, 11 rebounds, and three steals. Brooks added 12 points, five rebounds, and five assists.
In the first round, the top seeded Lady Trojans knocked off the host Madison Lady Panthers, 55-11. Community R-VI jumped out to a 17-7 lead and extended it to 37-9 at halftime. The Lady Trojans’ defense held Madison to just two points in the second half and cruised to a 44-point win.
Curtis led Community R-VI with 22 points, 13 rebounds, and three steals. Jett added 16 points, six rebounds, and three assists.