Even though the Community R-6 varsity girls basketball team is always looking to improve, on Tuesday at home in a non-league game against Prairie Home the squad looked like it was already in midseason form.
Prairie Home, on the other hand, couldn't keep up and got outscored 17-12 in the first quarter and 7-5 in the second to head into halftime trailing 24-17. Once the Lady Trojans then widened that gap to 45-20 by claiming the third 21-3, what came next was a 13-4 scoring advantage in the fourth to earn a 58-24 victory.
"Defensively we adapted to how they were trying to carve our defense and we only allowed 12 points in the last 24 minutes. I thought we ran the floor better in this game than our first two and made free-throws at a much higher rate," said coach Bob Curtis. "We had nine different girls score. Our depth is going to be one of our strengths this season."
Setting all of this in motion for CR-6 was natalie Thomas with 17 points and four assists, Alissa Curtis had 12 points and eight rebounds and Delaney Bowers added seven points. Taren Clark and Emma Angel also had six points each for the Lady Trojans, Chelsea Hoyt chipped in with four points and four steals and Sadie Hoyt scored three.
"Prairie Home was a final four team a year ago and we knew they lost a lot in Shianne Rhorer and Rachel Distler to graduation," Bob Curtis said. 'We also knew they had a solid freshman class coming in lead by a dynamic freshman named Kourtney Kendrick so we did not take them lightly. It was a good thing as we lead by only seven at the half and it was no surprise they had one their first contest of the year with Northwest Hughesville."
CR-6, 2-1 overall, next plays on Dec. 2 at 6 a.m. against Harrisburg in Columbia at the Norm Stewart Classic.