Even though it might feel otherwise for the Community R-6 varsity girls basketball team, 9-1 overall, the Madison Tournament will eventually come to an end this weekend one way or another.
Once it does, the Lady Trojans will have to get back to the business of Eastern Missouri Conference action, and that task commences Jan. 9 with a visit from Wright City, 1-6 overall. Theoretically, that might seem like an easy dip back into the league pool, but don't let CR-6's 49-37 win over Mark Twain, 3-6 overall, in round one of the Madison Tournament at the end of 2017 make you think that's what kind of team they really are, because they're not.
One constant that did hold true in that contest for CR-6 was Alissa Curtis scored 14 backed up by 13 points from Dalaney Bowers and Natalie Thomas added 12 points. What was off for the Lady Trojans is the rest of the cast generally has a higher rate of production than Chelsea Hoyt with four points and Bethany Schmidt, Taren Clark and Morgan Bryant with two points each.
The Lady Trojans also usually outscore the opposition by big numbers in each and every quarter, but in this game they got the better of the Lady Tigers by just 12-9 in the first, 8-6 in the third and 12-5 in the fourth. This is in addition to both teams scoring 17 in the second.
The Lady Wildcats are struggling this season and if it wasn't for their 29-26 win at Barat Academy on Nov. 28, this squad wouldn't have much to hang its hat on. Since Wright City also lost 90-21 on Jan. 1 to Clopton in Clarksville, the teams best chance for success is to play the best defense it can, focus on the Lady Trojans best players and spend as much time as possible practicing to handle an incredibly intense full-court press.