In all its years in the Eastern Missouri Conference the Community R-6 varsity girls basketball team never acquiesced anything to any other squad regardless of how much smaller it was.
Now that the Lady Trojans are in the Central Activities Conference it would be hard to believe that the idea is to do anything but ride over and through the competition just like they have every other season, so when Sturgeon came to town for a league game last Saturday it knew what it was in for. Even though CR-6 is a fast team known for mass substitutions and a full court press, the focus of this evening was defense despite the fact Deann Brooks was good for 12 points and six rebounds.
The defense against the Lady Bulldogs was so tight, in fact, The Lady Trojans outscored Sturgeon 10-3 in the first quarter and 14-5 in the second to take a 24-8 lead into halftime on their way to earning this CAC home victory 36-21.
"Sturgeon always has a solid game plan of limiting your possessions and causing you to defend for a long time hoping you break down and give up a lay-up," said coach Bob Curtis. "Their style is good for us to show some discipline and take good shots on offense and not waste possessions with bad shots and risky passes."
Another reason CR-6 was able to take a 16-point lead into the break was the 10 points, five rebounds and two assists posted by Natalie Thomas, all of which was made easier by the opportunities created from Sadie Hoyt's eight points and six boards. Mix in the two points each charted by Delanie Windmann and Emma Angel and the one point a piece entered by Dalaney Bowers and Shelby Clark and the overall aesthetics become a little more evident.
"One of the keys to this win is Hoyt, Brooks and Windmann were so good rebounding the basketball and guarding Sturgeon's solid post players holding them to just six combined points when most nights these players combine for around 22 a game," Curtis said. "Deann and Sadie stepped up big combining for 20 of our 36. It is hard to beat a good team twice but we happened to run into Sturgeon in tournaments this year so this was our fourth meeting which makes it even tougher."
In the third quarter the Lady Trojans were able to keep the momentum and won the session 7-3 to extend their advantage to 31-11. The fourth quarter was another story all together, though, as Sturgeon claimed that Stanza 10-5 to make it a 15- contest at the end.
"This was also senior night for two very special seniors. Senior Guard Taren Clark who has been a defensive stopper and the first player to take a charge to help her team win her entire career," said Curtis. "Also, Delanie Windmann who always sets the tone of toughness and physical play for the Lady Trojans and has great hands to catch and finish around the rim. Both will be missed and have made an impact on our program."
Community R-6, 20-1 overall, 7-0 CAC, is ranked second in Class 1 and plays a league game Thursday at Madison, which is 14-6 overall and is listed on the current top-10 rankings list among, "Others Receiving Votes" by the Missouri Basketball Coaches Association.