When the Community R-VI Lady Trojans basketball team entered last week’s Madison Tournament, head coach Bob Curtis was hoping his team could make a run into the championship game.
Unfortunately, a loss in the final second to Salisbury in the semifinals was too much for the Lady Trojans to overcome. They dropped their final two games to finish in fourth place.
After taking an early 1-0 lead, Cairo put together a 7-0 run in the first quarter.
The Lady Trojans responded with a 5-0 run. A late 3-pointer by Amelia Knipfel kept the lead at four. Unfortunately, Cairo’s two late 3-pointers, including one at the buzzer, but Cairo up 20-12.
Community R-VI trailed 36-28 at halftime in spite of Emmalee McCoskey’s 10 first-half points.
The Lady Trojans’ offense went cold in the second half as they made just 4-of-33 shots from the field and just 1-of-8 free throws. They also turned the ball over nine times in the final two quarters of a 48-37 loss.
“It was hard for us to let go of the Friday night loss to Salisbury by one point on a last second shot,” Curtis said. “The girls really wanted to play for the Championship against Hallsville. It really took the wind out of our sails and we didn’t play well against Cairo.”
McCoskey led Community R-VI with a double-double of 14 points, 21 rebounds, and two steals while Danielle Brooks had 10 points, three rebounds, three assists, and two steals. Knipfel had seven points, two rebounds, one assist, and one steal; Ashley Steele had three points, seven rebounds, and one steal; Samantha Jett had two points, three steals, and two rebounds; Samantha Jackson scored one point, four rebounds, one steal, and one assist; Danie Jackson had two assists and one steal; and Rebecca Hagan had one steal and one assist.
The Lady Trojans led a low-scoring first half 19-12 before outscoring the Lady Indians in the third quarter 19-2.
Community R-VI struggled early in the first round game but held on late for a 49-27 victory.
Jett made four 3-pointers to score a team-high 17 points. Ten of Jett’s points came in the third quarter. Knipfel made 5-of-8 free throws for 13 points.
In the absence of injured point guard Danielle Brooks, who had a minor foot injury, freshman Danie Jackson helped lead the offense in the victory.
“I was extremely pleased with freshman Danie Jackson’s play when she stepped in (for Danielle Brooks)…” said Community R-VI head coach Bob Curtis.
In the semifinals, the Lady Trojans led 23-19 at halftime but were unable to hold off Salisbury in a 35-34 loss.
Jett finished with 12 points and Brooks had nine points.
“It will take awhile to get over this one as we led the game under a minute a made some bad decisions when the game was on the line,” Curtis said.
“We did a nice job containing Hannah Nicolay who averages 21 a game to 10 points but let a weak side rebound and stick back by Haley Kendrick beat us with a few seconds left,” Curtis said. “We did a nice job keeping Hannah off the glass but let another Panther sneak in and hit the game winner without boxing her out.”