STANTON — It took Carson City-Crystal’s girls basketball team until mid-January to get their first win last season.
The Eagles needed just one to get their first win this season, as they beat the Central Montcalm Green Hornets 41-28 Tuesday night.
“For a first game I thought they (CC-Crystal) did pretty well,” Carson City-Crystal coach Larry Farmer said. “They played pretty good defensively.”
Central coach Marty James was disappointed in the effort of his Hornets.
“They outhustled us period. That was the difference in the game,” James said of the Eagles. “They wanted it more than we did.”
The Hornets were held to just one field goal by CC-Crystal in the opening quarter, as the Eagles led 9-5 after one quarter.
“Your first game is always like that,” Farmer said of the sluggish start. “Your defense is always ahead of your offense early on.”
After CC-Crystal outscored Central 11-10 in the second quarter, the Eagles gave up only five points in the third — all to Savannah Case — and led 28-20 with one quarter left.
“I thought we hit some shots,” Farmer said. “We were able to get some shots to fall for us and we were able to defend pretty well.”
Led by seven points from Sara Schneider, the Eagles finished off the Hornets in the fourth despite the press defense James put in.
Schneider finished with 14 points and Mackenzie Geister added 12 to the win, as five of the eight CC-Crystal players scored.
Central, which made only nine field goals, got 17 of their 28 points from Case.
“Savannah played on varsity as a freshman last year and we just had a feeling that last year was kind of a feeling-out for her,” James said. “We had a feeling she was going to come alive. We have to compliment that with an outside game, and we couldn’t (Tuesday night).”
In fact, shooting was a problem for Central. James lamented all the missed shots in the paint.
“We couldn’t finish,” he said. “When you get that many opportunities inside the paint, we have to finish some of those. So we have to get better at that.”
CC-Crystal will face Potterville in their home opener and Central Michigan Athletic Conference opener on Friday, while Central will host Vestaburg on Thursday.