Trojans cruise to tournament final


Emma Angel on defense against Westran. The Trojans played a smothering press in the New Franklin Tournament opener. [Leslie A Meyer Photography]
By: 
Dave Faries
Editor

There are two things to know about Community R-6’s girls basketball squad.
 
First, like many teams they have struggled to field a consistent roster thanks to the ravages of COVID-19 and quarantine protocols. Second, that doesn’t seem to matter.
 
The Trojans pummeled New Franklin 60-31 on Wednesday night to advance to the New Franklin Tournament title game. They are now 8-0 on the season and third in the state’s Class 1 rankings.
 
Community jumped out to a 17-5 lead after one and went into the halftime break with a comfortable 35-14 cushion. Sarah Angel seemed to be everywhere, scoring 19 points, picking New Franklin’s pockets for 5 steals and dishing out 3 assists.
 
But it was the Trojans’ depth on display Wednesday.
 
“Our teamwork really stood out to me tonight,” Angel said. “It’s been very beneficial to have players that can play multiple positions, because we haven’t played a game yet with our whole team.”
 
No problem. Paige Meyer stepped off the bench to drop 6 points and grab 3 rebounds. In all, nine different Trojans scored.
 
“When the first group got a break there was still scoring going on from the next five that went in,” Brianna Beamer observed. “That is what’s so special about our team.”
Beamer threw in 15 points, making for a potent one-two Angel-Beamer punch on offense. She also moved the ball around well, racking up 5 assists.
 
Meanwhile Alexis Welch and Emma Angel added 6 points each, making for an easy run to the final buzzer.
 
“We are playing our best basketball of the year right now, which is exciting if we can make it last into February,” head coach Bob Curtis said.
 
Brynna Beamer, Emma Hombs, Kayla Jett, Emmi Johnson capped the scoring with 2 points each.
 
Points parade against Westran
 
The Trojans saw no reason to make it rain. In the first five minutes of the New Franklin Tournament against Westran, they made it pour.
 
Community R-6 scored 18 points in that brief span – 3.6 points a minute – while conceding nothing to the Hornets. They continued the old fashioned whupping throughout the rest of the game, cruising to a 69-18 victory.
 
“Going into every game we know we have a target on our back,” said Brianna Beamer. The win put the Trojans at 7-0 on the season, and they are drawing attention in the Class 1 coaches poll. “So we just have to prove to everyone why we are ranked third in the state.”
 
Community dominated in every aspect of the game. Their defense clamped down on the Hornets. Beamer and Sarah Angel combined for 10 steals that led to 22 transition points. Alexis Welch and Emma Angel were stout on the glass. And nine Trojans contributed to the scoring barrage.
 
“Our press was very good early, forcing turnovers,” observed head coach Bob Curtis. “Brianna really found the open Trojans when their defense collapsed.”
 
Beamer finished with 6 assists to go along with 12 points and 5 steals. Sarah Angel lead the charge with 17 points on the night. Welch added 10 to join the double-digit brigade.
 
Emma Angel hit for 8 points, Emmi Johnson tacked on 7. Brynna Beamer and Emma Hombs contributed 5 each. Paige Meyer with 4 and Kylie Brooks’ 1 rounded out the scoring.
 
“Honestly, I think because of the pandemic we have taken every game in and won for each other,” Brianna Beamer said. “This season has been anything but normal and we are just playing as hard as we can in the games we do get.”

 

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