Trojans win defensive battle, CAC title

Trojans win defensive battle, CAC title
The Lady Trojans were crowned the Central Activities Conference Champions last night in Glasgow after being victorious against the Yellow Jackets. The team members are: front row: Alexis Welch, Emmi Johnson, Emma Hombs, Brianna Beamer, Emma Angel, Shelby Clark and Bronson Curtis. Back row: Manager Aaliyah Welch, Assistant Coach Stacie Carroz, Manager Ivy Hays, Kayla Jett, Sarah Angel, Paige Meyer, Olivia Kuda, Brynna Beamer, Brooklyn Glasgow, Assistant Coach Haley Larson, Head Coach Bob Curtis. Not pictured: Kylie Brooks, Alyssa Beamer. [Leslie A. Meyer Photography]
By: 
Dave Faries
Editor

A pattern emerged shortly after the Trojans took the court at Glasgow on Saturday afternoon with the Central Activities Conference title at stake.

The Yellowjackets tried to move the ball up the court, Brianna Beamer stole it back. They tried again, Beamer intervened again. Another turn on offense for Glasgow, Sarah Angel picked it off. Attempt to pass across the paint, Alexis Welch is there to intercept.

On a day when Community R6’s offense butted up against a solid Yellowjackets zone, it was defensive play – first with a full court press, then with a flexible 2-3 – that insured a 46-21 Trojans win and a conference championship.

“We knew what they were running,” Beamer said, giving credit to the game plan. “The ball was going to end up in Carmack’s hands.”

For a time it seemed as if Glasgow’s Malia Carmack was the only threat to the Trojans’ title hopes. Community jumped ahead 7-0 and held the home side silent until almost four minutes had expired. That’s when Carmack hit from three point range.

Welch responded with a put back of her own miss, but the Glasgow junior reeled it back with a fast break layup.

Beamer sank a three to give the Trojans a 14-5 lead over Carmack after one.

Community started fast in the second quarter. Welch stole the ball and found Angel breaking down court. She was fouled and converted one of two. Beamer engineered a steal – a familiar sight in the first half – and drove coast to coast for two, making it 17-5 before two minutes had passed.

But it would be almost three minutes before the Trojans pierced the net again, Welch and Beamer on back-to-back lay ups.

“They really were prepared,” said Community head coach Bob Curtis of the Yellowjackets, who also entered the game unbeaten in conference play. “They made it tough all day.”

Yet it amounted to a 7-0 Trojans run, broken just before the break by Carmack, who sank a short jumper to make it 21-7.

With the offense struggling, Curtis decided to bank on his defense in the second half. As the third quarter got underway, the Trojans backed off the pressure.

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