Community R-VI head girls basketball coach Bob Curtis knew it wasn’t going to be easy for his team to get at least two wins in a Sturgeon Tournament last week featuring six teams with winning records, three of which are state-ranked in Classes 1-3.
The field of teams were so strong that the Lady Trojans entered the tournament as a No. 6 seed.
Fortunately, they found a way to knock off a New Bloomfield team that has been state-ranked in Class 2 for most of the year in the first round.
They dropped a pair of close games to end the week, finishing fourth overall.
The Lady Trojans big win came in the first round over New Bloomfield to put them in the winner’s side of the bracket after their 56-48 victory.
It was a crazy first half for the Lady Trojans as they did not make one two-point field goal in the first two quarters.
They hit six 3-pointers and added three free throws to trail 27-21 at the break.
“I think that is the first game I have ever coached in where we did not hit a two-point field goal in the first half,” Bob Curtis noted.
The Lady Trojans’ offense outplayed New Bloomfield in the second half as they outscored the Lady Wildcats 35-21 to win the game by eight points.
Community R-VI made eight 3-pointers in the win as the Lady Trojans were forced to make outside shots due to the solid post play of New Bloomfield players in the paint.
Dalaney Bowers had a solid night with 24 points, five rebounds, two steals, one assist, and one block while Natalie Thomas added 14 points, six assists, five rebounds, one steal, and one block.
Sadie Hoyt returned after a six-week absence due to a fractured foot and scored nine points, six steals, two rebounds, one assist, and one block. She also had clutch free throws down the stretch to secure the win.
Alissa Curtis added eight points, seven rebounds, four assists, and two steals; Delanie Windmann had one point, two rebounds, and two assists; Brianna Beamer had three rebounds, one assist, and one steal; Taren Clark had two rebounds and one assist; Chelsea Hoyt had one rebound; and Morgan Bryant added two steals.
In the semifinals, the Lady Trojans had the chance to play Paris for the second time in two weeks.
The Lady Trojans led through most of the game, entering the fourth quarter with a one-point edge.
Unfortunately, Paris’ Allison Moore scored 10 of her game-high 29 points in the fourth to help the Lady Coyotes win the game, 50-44.
Natalie Thomas scored 21 points in the loss and added eight rebounds, two assists, one steal, and one block. Alissa Curtis tallied 10 points, eight assists, six rebounds, and one steal; Bowers scored nine points, four rebounds, two assists, and one steal; Chelsea Hoyt had two points and one steal; Windmann added two points; Clark had three assists, two rebounds, and one steal; and Hoyt had two rebounds, two steals, and one assist.
In the third place game, the Lady Trojans took on the host Sturgeon Lady Bulldogs.
Offensively, both teams struggled in the first, combining to score a total of 30 points.
In the second quarter, the Lady Trojans tied the game at 9-9 before Sturgeon went on a 7-0 run.
Just before halftime, Natalie Thomas was fouled on a 3-point attempt. She made 2-of-3 to cut the lead to 16-14 at halftime.
Sturgeon started to pull away early in the third quarter after making an 11-2 run to push their lead to 11.
Fortunately, the Lady Trojans ended the frame with a 6-0 run, which included Thomas’ 3-pointer she launched from near mid-court.
Community R-VI trailed 35-33 with 1:46 left before three bad turnovers in the next minute hurt the Lady Trojans’ chances of winning.
Clark assisted Bowers for a 3-pointer with :08 left to cut the lead to three.
After the Lady Trojans forced a turnover at mid-court, Alissa Curtis’ 3-point shot rimmed out to end the game in a 39-36 loss.
Bowers led the team with 13 points, six rebounds, two steals, and one assist while Thomas tallied 11 points, five rebounds, three steals, and one block. Windmann had four points and two rebounds; Alissa Curtis had four points, four rebounds, three blocks, three rebounds, and one assist; Chelsea Hoyt had two points and one rebound; Beamer added two points and two rebounds; Schmidt had one rebound and one steal; and Lauryn Robnett had two rebounds.
The Lady Trojans made 12-of-16 free throws in the loss but just 10-of-43 shots from the field.
“It is tough to lead the majority (of two of the) games we have played only to let them outplay us in the last two minutes to sneak away with two wins,” Bob Curtis noted.