CARSON CITY — The Carson City-Crystal girls basketball team is off to an incredible start this season. Maybe an even surprising start.
At 4-0 overall, the Eagles have nearly matched last season’s win total of 5 (against 17 losses). Eagles coach Larry Farmer said last season’s record was a bit deceiving.
“Two years ago they won twice, but they lost by an average margin of 30 points,” he said. “Last year we lost close. Most of our games were around the five point mark. So we started to improve.”
The Eagles also finished the season strong and that has carried over through summer ball and the start of this season.
“We won a couple of games late last year including our first playoff game,” Farmer said. “We worked hard this past summer and the work is beginning to pay off.”
Farmer said the wins have been important.
“The wins show the girls that hard work does pay off,” he said. “If we don’t have any wins sometimes kids start to get down and question whether the work is worth it.”
It has definitely been worth it.
The Eagles first win came at Central Montcalm. Carson City-Crystal defeated the Hornets 41-28 with Sara Schneider leading the way with 14 points. Mackenzie Geister added 12 points.
In game two, the Eagles used a 35-13 second half to blow open a CMAC game against Potterville to win 57-33. Schneider led in scoring with 20 points and freshman Mikayla Duflo added 13. Tori Christiansen pulled down 17 rebounds.
Tuesday might have been the Eagles biggest victory in years. At perennial power Pewamo-Westphalia the Eagles pulled out a 27-26 victory. The first time the Eagles girls basketball team has ever beaten the Pirates.
And they did it in stunning fashion.
Trailing the entire game Duflo was fouled with just three seconds left. She promptly knocked down both free throws for the win.
“That was huge watching a freshman in that situation hit those free throws,” Farmer said. “The girls went crazy. It was a great win.”
The Eagles continued the streak on Thursday at home against Fulton. The final score was 56-23 in favor of the Eagles. Schneider scored 20 points, Duflo had 14 points and Geister had six points, four assists and four steals.
The Eagles are now 4-0 overall and 3-0 in the league. They travel to Bath on Tuesday.
The Eagles are leaving the CMAC next year for the MSAC. At this rate, the remaining members of the CMAC will be happy to see the Eagles go.