One thing we know for sure is that the Community R-6 varsity girls basketball team will play Knox County at 2 p.m. in the third contest of the six-game Gary Filbert varsity girls and boys basketball Classic this Saturday at Mexico.
We also know that prior to that matchup the Paris boys will face North Callaway at 12:30 p.m. and after that the CR-6 boys will take on Hallsville at 3:30 p.m. The rest of the details for this event aren't much of a secret, either, such as Gooch Gym will serve as the cheer warm-up room, concessions will be provided by the Mexico Booster Club and admission is $4 for $2 for students and seniors.
The one caveat that could be made regarding the information surrounding this event is that CR-6 head coach Bob Curtis has one of the smallest girls basketball programs in the state. Somehow he and the Lady Trojans never back away from the biggest events in the area, though. This includes participating in both the Norm Stewart Classic 48 Hours of Basketball event at Columbia College and the Gary Filbert Classic at Mexico for at least the past two seasons.
The fact Bob Curtis is always a step ahead of the rest of us was never more obvious than Dec. 13 when CR-6 won at Bowling Green 49-43. Even more surprising was that they did it on 19 points from Delaney Bowers when Alissa Curtis and Natalie Thomas are generally the fuel that drive this offensive engine. The secret this squad is trying to keep is that it has depth such as Taren Clark, Delanie Windman, Chelsea Hoyt, Breanna Beamer, Emma Angell, Morgan Bryant and Lauryn Robnett.
"This was a big conference win for us on the road in a tough gym. I'm proud of the resilience of our kids and the way they embraced the underdog role," Bob Curtis said. "Being the smallest school in the conference is exciting. (Bowling Green has) an intimidating roster of four girls with size any where from 5-foot-10 to 6-foot-2. It is hard to match with that Class 3 size. We had to throw multiple defensive schemes at them to keep them off balance for 32 minutes."
As for Knox County, according to maxpreps.com, it lost at Salisbury 53-41 on Dec. 12, on Dec. 5 the team fell 58-42 in Illinois at Mendon Unity and on Nov. 21 the Lady Eagles began the year with a defeat at Canton 51-44. This squads biggest issue is defense and that's why the Lady Panther's Amanda Nejedly was able to make 7-of-11 field goals to score 19.
The Lady Tiger's Olivia Jarvis also came through with 15 points, five assists and three rebounds, all of which equates to this teams need for the type of success they can not only feel proud of, but also build upon.