After missing last year’s game in the Norm Stewart Classic due to an injury, Alissa Curtis was ready to show off her abilities in this year’s event at Columbia College on Saturday.
She took advantage of the big stage by being named MVP of the Lady Trojans’ game against Harrisburg in her team’s 56-33 win.
She scored 19 points, six rebounds, and four steals to help her team win in spite of them being without two starters.
“With two starters out to injury, I am proud of how the rest of the team has responded in the last few weeks grinding out wins for 32 minutes,” said Community R-VI head coach Bob Curtis.
“It is tough to win sometimes when players are playing out of position and learning how to play a spot that is not typical for them. I am also happy for Alissa that she won the MVP after missing this game a year ago with an ankle injury. It was super tough for her to watch this game and not be able to play in it last year.”
The Lady Trojans led 16-10 at the end of the first quarter before their defense held Harrisburg to nine points or less in the final three quarters.
Community R-VI won the rebounding battle 48-30 and made 16-of-27 free throws.
Natalie Thomas added 12 points, six rebounds, and four steals while Delaney Bowers had six points, six rebounds, and three blocks.
Avenging last season loss to Prairie Home
Earlier in the week, the Lady Trojans avenged a last season loss to Prairie Home by dominating them this year for a 58-24 victory.
Though Prairie Home lost two players to graduation from a Final Four run last year, they were led by a solid freshman class.
The Lady Trojans led 24-17 at halftime before outscoring Prairie Home 34-7 in the second half.
“Defensively, we adapted to how they were trying to carve our defense and we only allowed 12 points in the last 24 minutes,” Bob Curtis said.
Nine different Community R-VI players scored in the win, giving the team a chance to show off their depth.
Thomas led the Lady Trojans with 17 points and four assists; Alissa Curtis had 12 points and eight rebounds; Bowers had seven points; Taren Clark and Emma Angel each scored six points; Chelsea Hoyt had four points and four steals; Sadie Hoyt had three points; Morgan Bryant added two points; and Delanie Windmann had one point.