Now that the Community R-6 varsity girls basketball team, 3-1 overall, is in its final season of Eastern Missouri Conference competition, many of its on-court rivalries will be coming to a close.
For example, when the Lady Trojans travel to Van-Far on Friday for an EMO contest, that will be the final time these squads play each other while striving towards the same title.
Recent action might not be the best indicator of what's to come for CR-6 because at the Norm Stewart Classic last Saturday at Columbia College the squad had two starters out because of injury.
"I am proud of how the rest of the team has responded in the last few weeks grinding out wins for 32 minutes. It is tough to win sometimes when players are playing out of position and learning how to play a spot that is not typical for them," said coach Bob Curtis. "I am also happy for Alissa (Curtis) that she won the (Gary Filbert) MVP (against Harrisburg) after missing this game a year ago with an ankle injury. It was super tough for her to watch this game and not be able to play in it last year."
Part of the Lady Trojans problems against the Lady Bulldogs came on defense, which is how Sydney Fischer got her 11 points and five rebounds. When not out in the open CR-6 had a much better game than the score indicates because it outrebounded Harrisburg 48-30 and made 16-of-27 free throws.
Even though it's still early in the season, the Lady Indians have already experienced some ups and downs that began on night one when the team fell at home to Western/Seymour from Barry, Il., 67-41. That trend then continued at home last Tuesday with a loss to South Callaway prior to defeating Louisiana 50-38 last Thursday.
When things go right for the Lady Indians generally either Jayle Jennings or Jordan Garner are right in the middle of things. For being such a small school, the Lady Trojans have plenty of diffferent ways to approach this problem, as well. This includes Emmi Johnson, Emily Hoyt, Brianna Beamer, Kaley Diesel, Lauryn Robnett, Morgan Bryant and Emma Angell.
Currently Van-Far is 1-2 and next hosts North Callaway after playing CR-6 at home later this week.