Because players like Alissa Curtis came through with 13 points and eight rebounds on Friday in Eastern Missouri Conference competition against Van-Far, the Community R-6 varsity girls basketball team was able to score 22 points in the first quarter and take an 11-point lead.

When the Lady Trojans then had an 18-point second session fueled, in part, by Chelsea Hoyt's 12 points and five rebounds for the game, that left the Lady Indians trailing 40-22. After halftime this game could only realistically play out in one of two ways, and while Van-Far definitely would've chosen otherwise, what followed was CR-6 posting a 13-7 scoring advantage in the third to stretch its advantage to 53-29 before claiming the fourth 8-3 to win 61-32.

"Offensively we definitely fired on all cylinders in the first half, pumping in 22 points in the first quarter and 18 in the second," said Community R-6 coach Bob Curtis. "Hoyt also had a big game from the forward position.  Alissa (Curtis) was dominant in the post. We wanted to get more points in the paint against their zone defense rather than settling for perimeter jump shots. She did an excellent job with that adjustment."

The other headliners for the Lady Trojans featured Dalaney Bowers with nine points and three steals, Natalie Thomas scored eight with four assists and Taren Clark and Morgan Byant added six points each. Brianna Beamer also chipped in with three points and posting two points apiece were Bethany Schmidt and Emmi Johnson."

"Bowers had a great first quarter, getting her hands on a lot of balls in the press and scoring seven points in the first five minutes," Bob Curtis said. "The girls are settling into their roles and we are getting better each day."

CR-6 is now 4-1 overall.