CARSON CITY — Carson City-Crystal’s girls basketball team proved last season’s win over Portland St. Patrick was no fluke.
The Eagles beat the Shamrocks at home for the second straight time Thursday night, winning 48-32 to extend their season-opening winning streak to six games.
“We showed signs of improvement last year, but we had trouble finishing games,” CC-Crystal coach Larry Farmer said. “With the addition of a second guard on our team, it’s really made all the difference in the world.”
That second guard is freshman Mikayla Duflo, who scored a team-high 16 points for the Eagles, including four three-point field goals.
“It’s nice to get a few more points from the perimeter and that’s what we were lacking last year,” Farmer said.
The Eagles (6-0, 5-0) got eight points from Duflo in the first quarter and that alone would have outscored the Shamrocks (4-2, 3-2), who had just seven points in the opening quarter. But CC-Crystal led 12-7 after eight minutes.
The two teams then struggled to find the basket in the second quarter, as each team had just one field goal in the first seven minutes.
“Good defense, some mistakes,” Farmer said. “I felt like we had some good looks in the first half, and didn’t really shoot our normal percentage. We had some open threes. We took a little too many threes in the first half. Over 50 percent of our shots in the first half were threes.”
CC-Crystal opened the second half with a 7-0 run over the first 2:45, only to see St. Patrick make a 10-2 run until there was 57 seconds left in the third quarter. But the Shamrocks were still six points behind after three quarters.
“You’re facing a perennial good team and a state quarterfinalist in St. Pats, they’re going to make a run at you,” Farmer said. “I didn’t think they really got rattled too much. Especially for having a couple of sophomores and a freshman, I thought they handled themselves well.”
The Eagles closed the game out by going on a 14-0 run over the first 5:10 of the fourth quarter.
“We started hitting some shots, we got the ball inside, we were able to score inside and our defense has been really consistent this year,” Farmer said. “That (St. Patrick) is the leading scoring team in the league. To hold them down, I felt like we did a pretty good job of that.”
Mackenzie Geister added eight points to the win, all in the second half. The ‘Rocks were led by Courtney Dixon with nine.
The Eagles got all 48 points from the field, as they didn’t shoot a single free throw all game.
The 6-0 start comes on the heels of a 5-17 season last year and a 2-19 season the year before. Farmer said his team is using that as a focal point this season.
“The girls remember. The girls know they aren’t taking any of this for granted,” he said. “They know what it’s like to lose. Our motto has been to come play as hard as you can and in practice, too, and the rest will take care of itself.”
The next game for CC-Crystal isn’t until Jan. 3 when they host Shepherd.