Entering a week featuring match-ups with serious contenders for the EMO Conference title in Bowling Green and North Callaway, Community R-VI head coach Bob Curtis was hoping his team’s dreams of winning a championship during the 2017-18 season would still be alive at week’s end.
Last year, the Lady Trojans lost heart-breakers to both squads.
In spite of losing Deann Brooks to an ACL tear and Sadie Hoyt to a fractured foot, the current group of Lady Trojans had the poise of a veteran squad and picked up two major road victories, keeping their dreams alive this season.
The Lady Trojans went to Bowling Green early in the week as the smallest school in the conference and knew they were the underdogs in the contest.
Going up against an intimidating Lady Bobcats’ roster of four girls who stand between 5’10” and 6’2”, the Lady Trojans’ multiple schemes kept the bigger squad off balance for 32 minutes.
Community R-VI led 19-14 at halftime before Bowling Green responded with a big third quarter to take three point lead.
The game was tight in the fourth quarter but the Lady Trojans were able to make 7-of-8 free throws in the final two minutes. Alissa Curtis and Natalie Thomas were clutch on the line as the Lady Trojans were able to run off clock and win the game, 49-43.
“Big conference win for us on the road in a tough gym to win in,” Bob Curtis said. “I am so proud of the resilience of our kids and the way they embraced the under dog role.”
The win was the Lady Trojans’ first at Bowling Green since 2007, when they last won a conference title.
Dalaney Bowers led the team with 19 points, three rebounds, two blocks, two steals, and one assist; Thomas had 11 points, five rebounds, four assists, and three steals; Alissa Curtis added eight points, six steals, three rebounds, two assists, and two blocks; Delanie Windmann had five points, five rebounds, and one steal; Chelsea Hoyt had a solid post game and scored four points and two rebounds; Taren Clark had two points, four steals, three rebounds, and one assist; Brianna Beamer added two rebounds and one assist; and Morgan Bryant had one rebound and one assist.
In the road contest against North Callaway, the Lady Trojans exerted a lot of energy against a tough North Callaway squad.
Fortunately, the Lady Trojans took a 15-11 first quarter lead. North Callaway responded during the next two quarters to take a 34-33 lead heading into the fourth.
Community R-VI’s young players responded with a 22-11 final frame for a 55-45 win.
Thomas scored 19 points and four assists; Bowers had 10 points and three steals; Alissa Curtis added nine points and eight rebounds; and Chelsea Hoyt had eight points and six rebounds.
In less than 24 hours, the Lady Trojans had to take on a tough Knox County squad in the Gary Filbert Classic at Mexico High School.
Though Knox County refused to go away, the Lady Trojans led 24-19 at halftime before holding on late for a 47-39 win.
“The fun part about this 17-18 team is they just refuse to quit and can have a 20-plus point quarter at any time with their offensive firepower,” Bob Curtis said.
Alissa Curtis had a double-double of 12 points and 10 rebounds; Thomas had 12 points and three steals; Bowers added 10 points and three steals; Chelsea Hoyt scored five points; while both Windmann and Clark added two points.