While it was expected that Alissa Curtis might continue to be a catalyst offensively for the Lady Trojans in 2016-2017, Community R-VI head coach Bob Curtis was looking to see who would step up to score the 30 points per game his squad lost to graduation.
He found some answers in the girls’ home opener against Sturgeon last Friday night. Alissa Curtis and freshman Natalie Thomas both scored 24 points and combined for 48 points in a 61-30 victory over the Sturgeon Lady Bulldogs. Community R-VI jumped out to a 14-0 first-quarter lead and held off a solid Lady Bulldogs’ charge before halftime for a 34-19 edge.
The Lady Trojans cruised in the final two quarters by outscoring Sturgeon 27-11 behind the play of their bench to seal the 31-point win.
Alissa Curtis nailed three 3-pointers and added five rebounds, one steal, and one block. Thomas hit two 3-pointers and added five rebounds, and three steals.
Freshman Sadie Hoyt added four points and three rebounds while freshman Dalaney Bowers added three points and two rebounds.
Danie Jackson had two points, five rebounds, and one steal; Chelsea Hoyt had two points, two rebounds, two assists, and one steal; Taren Clark had two points and one rebound; and Bethany Schmidt added two points, one steal, and one rebound.
Tayler Cope had three rebounds, Morgan Bryant had two rebounds, and Delanie Windmann added one rebound.
“The difference in this game was both teams were in foul trouble but our depth and ability to go deep into our bench and still get offensive production was a huge advantage for us over Sturgeon,” Bob Curtis said. “We can keep fresh legs on the floor and keep the tempo very chaotic. Our loan senior had a good game guarding much taller players and eliminating their ability to score in the post. She provided a toughness against a much bigger Bulldog basketball team that helped us win some wars on the boards.”