Community R-VI Lady Trojan senior basketball players competed for the final time on their home court last Thursday night and left a lasting impression with their fans.
The girls dominated Marion County by shutting them out in two quarters and holding them to just one point in the fourth quarter during a 60-6 victory.
Seniors Mikyla Wagner, Samm Jett, Danielle Brooks, and Rebecca Hagan have compiled a 74-31 record in there four-year run and two district championships hoping to play for their third in a row.
During their Senior Night win, Community R-VI jumped out to a 19-0 first quarter lead before pushing their edge to 28 points at halftime. The Lady Trojans outscored the Lady Mustangs 27-1 in the second half to cruise to an easy 54-point victory.
“It was clear from the tip that our seniors wanted to get a ‘W’ on Senior Night,” said Community R-VI head coach Bob Curtis. “They were aggressive and on the attack the whole night using our press to force turnovers that turned into easy lay-ups. I am proud of this group’s accomplishments and believe me they have put in the time it takes in the off season to have this kind of season.”
Jett finished with 25 points and seven rebounds while Alissa Curtis added a double-double of 16 points and 10 rebounds. Brooks had eight points and four assists; Danie Jackson scored five points; Hagan finished with four points and six rebounds; Chelsea Hoyt had two points; and Wagner had two rebounds.
In their final regular season game, the Lady Trojans defeated Mark Twain on the road, 61-34.
This was a game marked down on Bob Curtis’ calendar for the past year. It was last season that his team was up 11 points at halftime before falling apart in the final 16 minutes to lose the last game of the regular season. The win would have helped the team eventually pick up a 21st win after the playoffs.
“They were focused from the tip on playing an entire 32 minutes this year to win and keep a wining streak alive going into district playoffs,” Bob Curtis said. “I was very pleased with how we shared the ball in this win making the extra pass to get a better shot all night long.”
Community R-VI led 34-17 at halftime before holding on in the second for a 27-point win.
Jackson and Hoyt were solid in defending Mark Twain’s point guard, altering her shots and making it difficult for her throughout the contest.
“I thought Danie Jackson and Chelsea Hoyt did a nice job defending a great point guard in Mackenzie Lathrom,” Bob Curtis said. “Samm and Alissa really played well defensively and offensively as they got their post players in foul trouble by attacking on the offensive end every time they got an opportunity.”
Jett finished with 22 points and four assists while Alissa Curtis had a double-double of 20 points and 11 rebounds. Hagan had seven points, Brooks scored six points, and Hoyt tallied four points and three steals.
The team entered districts with an 19-5 record, just one win shy of its 20-win school record.
“They are creeping ever so close to breaking that record,” Bob Curtis said.