Trojans vs. Thunderbirds sparks 'friendly' rivalry

The Community R-6 Trojans varsity basketball teams hosted their North Callaway Thunderbirds counterparts last night in a Ledgerland clash of conference opponents. Both match-ups featured aggressive defense and showcased offensive skill. Perhaps, the meeting between the two schools provided a spark for what will become a 'friendly' rivalry.
The Lady Trojans and the Lady Thunderbirds were the first teams in action on the night. North Callaway won this match-up 51-37. The game was much closer than the score indicates as the R-6 played with a never quit determination throughout the entire game.
Emmalee McCoskey registered a 'double-double' and led the Lady Trojans in scoring with 17 points and 15 rebounds. Samantha Jett added nine points and three rebounds. Ashley Steele had six points and six rebounds.
The Lady Thunderbirds were led by Jaida Gray who had 15 points and six assists. Tara Oberlag had 12 points, seven steals, and four rebounds. Kelsey Coil had four points and four rebounds.
After the game, Community R-6 Coach Bob Curtis emphasized the positives the team could take away from the game. "We knew North Callaway was ranked # 10 in the state for Class 3," he said. "We were down seven point after three quarters and had put ourselves in position to pull the upset. We had an offensive drought in the fourth quarter, took a lot of quick jumpers that did not fall, and quit attacking the rim. These are all things we need to improve on at the end of games." The Lady Trojans are now 8-5 on the season. The win moves the Lady Thunderbirds to 11-3 on the season with a 3-0 conference record.
The varsity boys game would be as thrilling as the girls game but the winning school was different. The R-6 Trojans defeated the North Callaway Thunderbirds 56-42 behind an aggressive rebounding effort and shooting that saw four Trojans reach double figures.
The Trojans were out to an early 12-4 lead at the end of the first quarter and extended that lead even further to a 26-8 halftime score. The Thunderbirds mounted a comeback in the third and fourth quarters cutting the Trojans lead down to only eight points late in the game. The Trojans made several free throws in the final minutes to seal the win.
Clay Thebeau had 17 points to lead Community R-6 in scoring. Kyle Curtis had a 'double-double' of his own adding 13 points and 13 rebounds.
Conner Brooks and Lane Thebeau both added 11 points. Kaleb Harris scored four points late in the fourth quarter to help the Trojans seal the win.
Chance Key led the Thunderbirds with 17 points and nine rebounds. Miguel Hudson had six points and five rebounds.
Justin Menard also had six points. Brett Metcalf added five points. Tanner Murphy, Steven Coleman, Michael Pezold and Tyler Taylor scored two points each.
After the game North Callaway Thunderbird Coach Tim Turlington praised the Trojans. "Community R-6 has a good team. They spaced the floor and moved the ball well, working for the open shot," he said. "We played a few good minutes, cut the lead down to only eight, but just didn't finish."
The win moves the Trojans to 10-3 overall with a perfect 4-0 conference record. The loss drops the Thunderbirds to 5-8 with a 1-2 conference record.