Trojans unbeaten behind play of Welch, Angel

Trojans unbeaten behind play of Welch, Angel
Community R-6 sophomore Sarah Angel dribbles the ball in the fourth quarter against Wellsville-Middletown on Dec. 10. [Theo Tate]
Dave Faries

It’s quite possible Slater’s starting five still have nightmarish visions of Alexis Welch and Sarah Angel.
The pair combined for 35 points – 18 for the former, 17 for the latter. To add to the carnage, Welch nabbed 10 rebounds and Angel picked Slater pockets five times as Community overwhelmed the Wildcats 52-21 on Friday.
Much of the damage came during at 22-9 third quarter charge. Head coach Bob Curtis attributes the surge to the Trojans play on the defensive side. Harrying Slater with a zone press, they created multiple turnovers leading to fast breaks, leading to points.
But he is also seeing the results of gym time.
“Our conditioning is producing better finishes this week as we are getting more face to face practice time after our quarantine early in the season,” the coach said. “That has led to us being able to play hard for 32 minutes.”
The Trojans jumped out to an early 10-4 lead. But the Wildcats were in the game until Community’s third quarter outburst.
While Welch and Angel put up enough points to finish off the visitors, they did have quite a bit of help. Emma Angel contributed 7 points and grabbed four rebounds. Shelby Clark and Brynna Beamer dropped in 3 each, while Kylie Brooks and Olivia Kuda added 2 apiece.
The Trojans are unbeaten at 4-0 on the young season.
Triumphant return against Wellsville
Trojans standout Alexis Welch made her return to the court count in a big way on Thursday against Wellsville-Middletown. The All-Conference, All-District performer tallied 15 points and 8 rebounds, helping Community R-6 to a dominating 53-18 win over the Tigers.
Having Welch back and in form was crucial for coach Bob Curtis’ squad. Three of his starters were sidelined due to COVID-19 protocols. So all 11 girls played and eight different Trojans put points on the board.
Fresh legs worked in the team’s favor.
“Our press was very shifty and we rotated to pressure the dribbler really well all night long,” Curtis said.
Community took control from the start, building a 19-3 advantage at the end of one. But if they had any notion of riding on that, the Tigers snuffed it out, closing to within 10 at the break.
But from the second half inbound it was all Trojans. Olivia Kuda dominated the post. Meanwhile Sarah Angel created four breakaway opportunities – tacking on 10 points of her own.
Kuda dropped in 8 when she turned her mind to offense while Emma Angel added 7.
Contributing to the offensive frenzy were Paige Meyer (4), Shelby Clark (4), Brynna Beamer (3) and Kayla Jett (2).
The Trojans headed into conference play at 3-0.



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