Trojans extend record to 19-1

Dave Faries

The Trojans had practice scheduled on Thursday in anticipation of Saturday’s game against New Franklin. Instead, the Bulldogs showed up at Community R6’s gym ahead of schedule.

It was not unannounced, just a bit of short notice.

“The girls did not know til about noon we were going to play New Franklin today,” said head coach Bob Curtis.

But little seems to ruffle this season’s squad. Community brushed off the Bulldogs 50-31 to run their record to 19-1 a few days after topping Cairo.

The sudden change in schedule came about because of the week’s frigid temperatures. Pilot Grove canceled on New Franklin, so a decision was made to flip Thursday and Saturday.

Perhaps caught off guard, the Trojans ran into early trouble. The offense sputtered and New Franklin rushed out to a 7 point lead. But that didn’t last long, as Brianna Beamer, Sarah Angel and Emma Hombs began to find the range.

At intermission, Community had things going their way with a double-digit advantage. And in the second half Alexis Welch took charge, punishing the Bulldogs with 10 of her 16 points on the night.

“The girls finally found their stride,” Curtis said.

Beamer put 14 on the board, Angel and Hombs followed up with 8 and 7 points, respectively.

Emmi Johnson tacked on 5.

Cruising over Cairo

Alexis Welch turned the Bearcats inside out on Tuesday night.

Coach Bob Curtis had her post up low on both ends of the court and she proved to be a potent weapon, snatching rebounds and running up 12 points in the game’s first six minutes.

As Cairo began to hone in on Welch’s every move, things opened up for the Trojans’ other shooters.

“We hit four threes, getting much easier looks after pounding the paint,” Curtis noted.

With the Bearcats defense occupied by Welch, Community began to move the ball around at will – 6 assists and 20 points in the first quarter alone. By the end of three it was a 58-22 game.

Eight Trojans contributed points on the night, led by Brianna Beamer with 15. Welch recorded a double-double – 12 points and 10 rebounds. Sarah Angel joined the fun with 10 points. The Emmas combined for 14 points, as Emma Hombs and Emma Angel put up 7 each. Hombs grabbed 5 boards.

Paige Meyer dropped in 5 points, Shelby Clark 3 and Brynna Beamer 2.

Community went into cruise control in the final period. But Cairo’s double-digit outburst only dented the scoreline.

“I was very pleased with how the girls took care of business,” Curtis observed. “Defensively they looked ready for the playoffs.”


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