CARSON CITY — The top two defenses in the Central Michigan Athletic Conference in girls basketball lived up to their rankings Thursday night.
In a game that saw only 19 field goals made between the two teams, the Laingsburg Wolfpack used their defense to beat Carson City-Crystal 33-25, handing the Eagles their first loss in the CMAC.
“The nice thing about games like this is it prepares you for the playoffs,” CC-Crystal coach Larry Farmer said. “It makes your team better.”
It was the Eagles’ defense that was on display in the first half. The Wolfpack (8-2, 5-2) got the first basket of the game 3:45 in, but was held off the scoreboard until 6:40 was left in the second period. By that time CC-Crystal (8-2, 7-1) ran off 12 straight points.
“We made some shots early,” Farmer said.
Laingsburg had only three field goals in the first half and trailed 18-11. But the Wolpack adjusted.
“He (Laingsburg coach Brandon Woodworth) made some defensive adjustments that took away some of the things that we were able to exploit in the first half,” Farmer said.
Those adjustments led to Laingsburg holding CC-Crystal to an Emily Ward field goal in the third quarter as they closed the gap to 20-19 with eight minutes left to go.
The Wolfpack hit the first of two field goals to start the fourth quarter and take a lead they would never give back. From there they were 11-of-16 from the free-throw line while allowing only a three-pointer to Emily Duflo and a short jumper to Mackenzie Geister for the win.
“They (Laingsburg) were physical, they played real physical and really outplayed us in the second half” Farmer said. “They deserved to win in my opinion.
Geister scored all six of the Eagles points in the first quarter and finished with a team-high 10.
“She (Geister) showed what she could do in the first quarter,” Woodworth said. “We had to adjust to her. That was the biggest adjustment we made at halftime.”
Shelby Hurst led the Wolfpack with 11.
“It’s her (Hurst’s) fourth game back (from injury) and I’m so glad to have her back,” Woodworth said. “She’s our floor leader and has been for the four years she’s been starting. The girls feel more calm when she’s on the floor, myself included.”
Laingsburg committed only four fouls in the game, allowing the Eagles to go to the free-throw line once — a Mikayla Dulfo free throw on a four-point play in the second quarter.
CC-Crystal will have a week off to prepare for their next game, which is at Fowler next Thursday.
Laingsburg 33, CC-Crystal 25
Laingsburg 2 9 8 14 – 33
CC-Crystal 6 12 2 5 – 25
LAINGSBURG (8-2, 6-2) – Chalker 1 0-0 2, Rove 0 1-2 1, M. Dingman 1 6-8 8, Schauer 1 3-8 5, Sh. Hurst 3 3-5 11, Sa. Hurst 2 0-0 6. Totals: 8 13-23 33. Three-point goals: Sh. Hurst 2, Sa. Hurst 2. Total fouls: 4. Fouled out: none.
CC-CRYSTAL (8-2, 7-1) – Ward 1 0-0 2, Duflo 2 1-1 7, Schneider 1 0-0 2, Christiansen 1 0-0 2, H. Geister 1 0-0 2, M. Geister 5 0-0 10. Totals: 11 1-1 25. Three-point goals: Duflo 2. Total fouls: 18. Fouled out: H. Geister.