Field goal percentage can be a tricky thing for a varsity girls basketball team to manage, but when you only make 25 percent of your shots like Community R-6 did on Saturday in the third place game of the Madison Tournament against Northeast, what was once complicated becomes easier to understand.
The Lady Trojans also didn't do themselves any favors by only making 6-of-22 three pointers and 10-of-20 free throws. While Northeast also didn't shoot the lights put, it did manage to connect on 15-of-49 shots from the floor, including 5-of-19 triples. The Lady Bearcats went 23-for-34 from the charity stripe, as well, and while it wasn't much of a difference, it was enough to defeat CR-6 58-46.
"This was a match-up of state ranked teams as both entered the week ranked ninth in the Missouri State Basketball Coaches polls. Cairo is ranked ninth in Class 2 and Community is ninth in Class 1," said coach Bob Curtis. "This game was tight throughout but saw us get careless with the ball against their zone in the third quarter. We gave them about four run-out layups do to bad passing to people who were not open. The rest of the game was pretty even."
Standing on the front lines of this battle for the Lady Trojans was Natalie Thomas with 14 points, two steals, two rebounds, two assists and a block, Dalaney Bowers charted nine points, three boards, two blocks, one assist and a steal and Morgan Bryant had eight points, four rebounds and three steals. Alissa Curtis also gave a seven-point performance, Delanie Windmann scored four and adding two points each were Chelsea Hoyt and Brianna Beamer.
"(Last week was) tough because we played to state ranked teams in Madison, ranked sixth Class 1 and Cairo. We had chances to take down both of these teams just did not have good second halves," Curtis said. "Both games I felt like we were the better team offensively and defensively for 16 minutes or more but did not execute late. Playing good competition such as the Bearcats and the Panthers will benefit us come February and the playoffs as we need to be in close games and learn how to finish."
Community R-6, 9-3 overall, hosted Wright City for an Eastern Missouri Conference contest on Jan. 9 and on Jan. 12 the team is at Elsberry.