The Community R-VI Lady Trojans basketball team tied a school record with their 20th win in a single season last Saturday when they won back-to-back district championships.
This year, the Lady Trojans overcame their offensive struggles to hold off LaPlata, 39-28, to win the Class 1, District 11 Championship.
“LaPlata’s got a nice ball club,” said Community R-VI head girls basketball coach Bob Curtis. “To win with 39 points shows a pretty good defensive effort.”
Bob Curtis said his squad put in a lot of time studying film to get ready for the title game and it paid off early.
The Lady Trojans defense forced six turnovers in the first quarter as LaPlata made just 2-of-10 shots from the field.
Community R-VI opened the game with a 6-0 run after LaPlata missed their first seven shots and led 10-5 at the end of the first quarter
In the second quarter, Alissa Curtis scored four points during a 13-0 run.
LaPlata missed all seven of their shots in the quarter and only made 2-of-17 from the field in the first half while turning the ball over 12 times.
“We studied their tendencies on offense and tried to take away what they really like to do,” Bob Curtis said.
“I couldn’t have been more happy with our effort in the first 16 minutes.”
Though Chelsea Hoyt hit a shot at the buzzer on a pass from Rebecca Hagan for a 23-6 halftime lead, all-state player Samm Jett picked up her third foul moments earlier and it would affect the game in the second half.
LaPlata opened the third quarter on a surprising 5-0 run.
Jett picked up her fourth foul with 4:34 left in the third while Danielle Brooks picked up her third foul just :40 seconds later.
LaPlata took advantage by closing the gap to 12 points. Their defense forced several half-court turnovers in the third.
In the fourth quarter, LaPlata cut the lead down to nine points as Brooks picked up her fourth foul early in the quarter.
Fortunately for the Lady Trojans, LaPlata couldn’t overcome Jett’s performance on the free throw line.
Jett scored seven of her 11 points in the fourth to help seal the 11-point win. She did foul out of the game in the final seconds.
The Lady Trojans only scored 16 points in the second half.
“Our two primary ball handlers picked up four fouls,” Bob Curtis said. “That can get really mucky down the stretch.”
Community R-VI made just 10-of-22 free throws in the win while the defense forced LaPlata to make just 10-of-42 shots. They also turned the ball over 22 times.
Jett finished with 11 points, three steals, two rebounds, and two assists while Brooks had 10 points, five steals, five rebounds, two blocks, and one assist.
Alissa Curtis tallied nine points, seven rebounds, five blocks, and three steals; Hoyt had four points, five rebounds, four steals, and one assist; Hagan tallied four points, two rebounds, one block, and one assist; Danie Jackson had one point, seven rebounds, two steals, and one assist; and Samantha Jackson had five rebounds, one assist, and one steal.
The Lady Trojans took on Mercer in State Sectionals at Kirksville after press time.
With a win, the Lady Trojans will play in the State Quarterfinals at 7:45 p.m. March 7 at Salisbury High School.
In the semifinals, the Lady Trojans jumped out to a 17-0 first quarter lead over Atlanta and never looked back in a 57-18 victory.
“The first eight minutes, we executed our game plan defensively to a ‘T,’” Bob Curtis said.
“Danie Jackson was outstanding defensively tonight. She was everywhere diving on loose balls helping on the drive and playing tough as the Jackson sisters typically do.”
The Lady Trojans led 33-9 at halftime before outscoring Atlanta 24-9 in the second half.
First round win
In the first round, the Lady Trojans avenged a playoff loss from last season to Marion County after beating the Lady Mustangs, 64-29.
Community R-VI jumped out to a 23-6 first quarter lead and led 34-14 at halftime. The Lady Trojans outscored Marion County 30-15 in the second half on their way to a 35-point win.
Bob Curtis said he was proud of the defensive effort of Samantha Jackson in the win.
“I thought Sam Jackson did a nice job guarding a really good post player, Roxanne Tabias, who played in the final four a year ago,” Bob Curtis said.
“Sam made everything hard for her all night long taking their best threat to score away.”
Jett tied a school record for points in a single game after scoring 34 points. She also had four steals, one rebound, and one block.
Alissa Curtis scored 17 points in her first district game. She also had six blocks, five rebounds, and five steals.
Brooks had five points, nine assists, five steals, two blocks, and one assist; Danie Jackson had four points, three rebounds, and one block; Samantha Jackson had two points, five rebounds, and two assists; Hagan had two points, three rebounds, three steals, and two blocks; LaGesse added two rebounds; and Hoyt had two assists and two steals.