The Community R-VI Lady Trojans drew two tough games against state-ranked teams in the Madison Tournament this past week and lost both of them.
The Lady Trojans, who were ranked themselves ninth in Class 1, first took on No. 6 state-ranked Madison in the semifinals.
Unfortunately, the offense struggled the entire game of a 36-30 loss to the Lady Panthers.
The Lady Trojans led for about 25 of the 32 minutes played after an 11-3 first quarter.
Madison responded by outscoring Community R-VI 33-19 in the final three quarters.
“Both teams had a lot of trouble offensively as the defense on both sides did their job well,” said Community R-VI Bob Curtis of his team’s district championship game rematch from a year ago.
“The halftime score of 15-11 says it all. The potential rematch could be in the district finals in February, which was an overtime game a year ago. Two of the best teams in Class 1 clashed and it was epic.”
Natalie Thomas led the Lady Trojans with 10 points, four rebounds, four steals, two assists, and one block.
Alissa Curtis had eight points, six rebounds, three steals, one assist, and one block; Dalaney Bowers added six points and four rebounds; Delanie Windmann added five points, five rebounds, two steals, and one assist; Taren Clark tallied one point, six rebounds, and two steals; Chelsea Hoyt had two rebounds, two assists, and two steals; and Bethany Schmidt had two rebounds and one assist.
After Cairo was knocked off the in the first round, the Lady Trojans had to face the No. 9 state-ranked team in Class 2 in the third place game.
After both teams exchanged good quarters in the first half, the Lady Trojans found themselves down 29-25.
Cairo’s zone forced Lady Trojans’ turnovers in the third quarter to help Cairo pull away.
Community R-VI’s record is now 9-3 on the season.
“…We had chances to take down both of these teams just did not have good second halves,” Bob Curtis said. “Both games I felt like we were the better team offensively and defensively for 16 minutes or more but did not execute late. Playing good competition such as the Bearcats and the Panthers will benefit us come February and the playoffs as we need to be in close games and learn how to finish people off.”
Thomas led the Community R-VI Lady Trojans with 14 points, two rebounds, two assists, two steals, and one block; Bowers had nine points, three rebounds, two blocks, one steals, and one assist; Bryant had eight points, four rebounds, and three steals; Alissa Curtis had seven points, four rebounds, three assists, and one steal; Windmann added four points; Hoyt had two points, five rebounds, three assists, and one steal; Brianna Beamer had two points, three rebounds, one assist; Clark added eight rebounds, two assists, and two steals; and Schmidt had one assist for the Lady Trojans.