The Community R-6 varsity girls basketball team has been ranked in the top 10 virtually all season by the Missouri Basketball Coaches Association.
On the flip side of that, Eastern Missouri Conference rival Wellsville-Middletown has, at times, struggled to come up with the necessary five players required to even take the court for these kinds of contests. What that translates to is that while one of these squads is smiling and enjoying itself, the other is struggling just to maintain a program. So, when these teams play one another this Friday at the Lady Tigers in league action, it has the potential to be the type of upset dreams are made of.
One of the Lady Trojans biggest challenges this season came on Jan. 24 when they were upset by Paris 50-44. While it actually wasn't that big of an upset because the Lady Coyotes are still playing quality ball, some of the things that went right that day for CR-6 included Natalie Thomas with 21 points, eight rebounds, two assists and a steal, Alissa Curtis had 10 points, eight assists and a steal and Delaney Bowers added none points, two assists and one steal.
"This was a well played game by both teams. In the last two minutes of a tie ball game Paris' Allison Moore took over, scoring 10 points," said CR-6 head coach Bob Curtis. "She had a game high 29 points in the win. It is tough to lead the majority of both games we have played them only to let them outplay us in the last two minutes to sneak away with two wins."
The Lady Trojans biggest downfall in this contest was getting outscored 16-9 in the fourth quarter. Prior to that CR-6 had a one-point lead, 35-34.
Wellsville-Middletown's season was looking even ledd prosperous than it is now until it earned its first win of the season on Jan. 22 against Missouri School for the Deaf 55-15 on Jan. 15 according to www.maxpreps.com. Prior to that the Lady Tigers had been on a losing streak that included 66-24 at home to Mark Twain on Jan. 12, on Jan. 5 in the consolation round of of the Clopton Tournament the team lost 56-37 to Louisiana and on Jan. 1 the squad fell to Elsberry 42-30.
In placing these teams head-to-head, Wellsville-Middletown is ranked 512th in the state and 16,972nd in the country and CR-6 is listed as 140th in Missouri and 5,288th in the nation.