Even though it isn't listed in the final Missouri Basketball Coaches Association poll for 2017-18, the Community R-6 varsity girls basketball team, 18-6 overall, was ranked for most of this season.
All that regular season success may be why the team had a bye, but its opponent on Thursday, Chamois, 17-9 overall, was no pushover and even got 19 points from Sydney Hilkerauser. The Lady Trojans weren't without their charms, though, which included home-court advantage, Natalie Thomas and her 18 points and the 14 points that came with Alissa Curtis, all of which added up to a 54-46 win for CR-6.
"We knew Chamois would be a nail biter. They finished their regular season at 16-9 with some wins over very good class 2 and 3 teams. They have complete players that are tough to defend," said CR-6 coach Bob Curtis. "The largest the lead got was 13 but they would not let us put them away. They would get a couple stops and it would be a six point game again."
Backing up all this hard work for the Lady Trojans was Delanie Windmann with a 13-point offering, Dalaney Bowers worked her way to four points and Taren Clark and Sadie Hoyt posted three and two points, respectively.
"Windmann had a big game for us inside scoring 13 points in the win on six or seven shots. Thomas had a great semifinal game where she inched toward a triple double," Bob Curtis said. "Senior Alissa Curtis had another big night, holding their best player to 12 points."
Madison, 20-6 overall, played in the finals on Saturday at Mexico against Community R-6.