Because Elsberry doesn't have enough players for a JV team and its' varsity girls' basketball game on Jan. 13 was on the road, it wound up falling 55-18 against Community R-6.
The Lay Trojan's outscored Elsberry 13-6 in the first quarter and 17-7 in the second to head into halftime leading 30-13. Community R-6 then claimed the third 22-4 to widen the gap to 52-17 while the fourth proved to be a very defensive-minded session.
For the game the Lady Trojans connected on 22-of-56 field goals, including 3-of-9 three-pointers, and went 8-for-15 from the free throw line. Community R-6 also racked up 26 rebounds, 19 steals, 16 assists and two blocks.
"I was very pleased with the offensive output. We had 10 different players score. We are starting to really be more efficient on offense and stingy on defense as we allowed 14 points Tuesday night and 18 Thursday," said coach Bob Curtis. "Elsberry was 5-7 going into the contest and plays a pretty solid schedule so we knew we had to come out and establish a lead and our tempo."
Guiding this offensive safari for the Lady Trojans was Alissa Curtis with a team-high 24 points and 10 rebounds, Natalie Thomas added eight points, six assists, three steals and two rebounds and scoring six each were Chelsea Hoyt and Taren Clark. Deann Brooks and Delaney Bowers also had four points a piece, Morgan Bryant and Bethany Schmidt were good for two points each and scoring one was Sadie Hoyt.
"Alissa Curtis had a double-double," Bob Curtis said. "With our depth, being able to play 12 comfortably, my assistants and I have preached to the girls maximum effort on each possession as we are not going to have to leave players out on the court much more than four minutes or so without a break, so don't conserve. Play hard, rest, then play harder."
As a team Elsberry had 12 rebounds, all on defense, and 18 bench points, which was everything.
Community R-6, 9-3 overall, 3-1 Eastern Missouri Conference, next took the court Tuesday at North Callaway.