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R-VI teams split pair of first games

Posted on Wednesday, November 29, 2017 at 2:47 pm

Bobby Jett dribbles the ball behind his back to juke a Wellsville-Middletown defender in the Trojans’ home opener.

The Community R-VI Lady Trojans started their season last week at .500 after battles with rivals Sturgeon and Wellsville-Middletown.
In their home opener against the Lady Tigers, the Lady Trojans jumped out to an 18-6 first quarter lead.
Up 27-11 at halftime. the Lady Trojans outscored Wellsville 39-16 in the second half of a 61-27 win.
The Lady Trojans’ defense held the Lady Tigers to eight points or less in all four quarters.
“Had 11 different girls score in the win and the Lady Trojans bounced back from the poor shooting performance on Monday, connecting on 5-of-12 from behind the 3-point line and got to the line a little more with 12 attempts as opposed to four attempts on Monday,” said Community R-VI head coach Bob Curtis.
Alissa Curtis led the team with 19 points and eight rebounds; Natalie Thomas added 14 points and three assists; Dalaney Bowers had seven points and four steals; and Sadie Hoyt chipped in seven points and five rebounds.
In their season opener against Sturgeon, the Lady Trojans fell behind 23-11 at halftime. They rallied to outscore the Lady Bulldogs 24-15 in the second half but it wasn’t enough in a 38-35 loss.
“Ugly game that was a defensive war with little scoring throughout,” Bob Curtis said. “We did not shoot the ball well and they won the war in the paint and on the boards. It boiled down to they made more free-throws and got second chance opportunities with their size.”
As has happened many times in the past on Sturgeon’s court, the whistle seemed to blow more for Community R-VI than it did for Sturgeon. The Lady Bulldogs had 24 free throw attempts while the Lady Trojans took just four free throw shots in the loss.
The Community R-VI boys basketball team started its 2017-18 season last week by splitting its first pair of games.
Fortunately, its first victory of the season came in front of the team’s home crowd, a 59-50 win over rival Wellsville-Middletown.
“Really proud of our guys,” said Community R-VI head coach Matt Thomas. “They shook off the loss on Monday and came out and gave everything they had. We couldn’t hold a lead late in the game on Monday, but on Tuesday we had a little more composure and hit free throws to seal the win.”
The Trojans were paced by the return of Bobby Jett, who scored 27 points. Jett hit seven key free throws in the fourth quarter to help seal the win.
Cordell Hollensteiner added 20 points, Eric Hombs had eight points, and Evan Hartsock chipped in four points.
One night earlier, the Trojans lost a 53-48 heartbreaker on the road at Sturgeon. Their 20-point second half wasn’t enough in the five-point loss.
Jett scored a team-high 23 points after making four 3-pointers. Blaze Escamilla added 11 points behind three 3-pointers of his own.
Hollensteiner had seven points, Danny Kuda scored five, and Hombs added two points.