Carson City-Crystal girls fall in regional semifinals


By Bruce Bentley • Last Updated 10:31 am on Wednesday, March 07, 2012

Carson City-Crystal’s Mikayla Duflo tries to slow down a Morley Stanwood fastbreak during the Class regional semifinal on Tuesday night at Kent City. Morley Stanwood (24-0) won 67-38.

KENT CITY — The Carson City-Crystal Eagles girls basketball team had a tremendous season.

They won their first conference (CMAC) title since 1983. They won their first district title since 1984 and they tied a school record for wins with 18 when they defeated St. Louis on Friday.

The Eagles’ reward was a trip to the regional semifinals and a game against the No. 1 rated team in Class C.

In the end, the Morley Stanwood Mohawks (24-0) were too much for the Eagles as they lost 67-38 on Tuesday night at Kent City.

The Mohawks remained undefeated as senior all-stater Alexis Huntey dropped a season-high 30 points on the Eagles.

“That is a good team. That is a really good team,” Eagles coach Larry Farmer said. “We needed the game to be like a snails pace, but we kind of got caught up in the regional atmosphere and started taking some shots that were quick.”

The Eagles were down just 11-9 when the Mohawks began their run and finished the first quarter with a 23-9 lead.

“We knew this was going to be tough and we needed to play almost perfect,” Farmer said. “They just kind of held us down. Their center (Alexis) Huntey is good. She is a good basketball player.”

Eagles senior Allison Seals goes up for a shot against the Mohawks’ Mekayla Carey on Tuesday.

Huntey also grabbed 10 rebounds and dished out six assists.

“They hurt us in transition, they hurt us in the post and they hurt us shooting three’s,” Farmer said.

Morley Stanwood led at halftime 38-18. They outscored the Eagles 29-20 in the second half.

Farmer said this is a tough way to end the season, but also is a way to see what it takes to be really successful.

“This is a tough way to end your season, especially if you are competitive,” Farmer said. “I told them that is the level we are trying to get to. Either we can say it’s too far of a gap to get to or we can try to get to that level.

“I just tried to encourage them and tell them how proud I am of the season they had,” he added.

Elyse Starck had 13 points and Bailey Cairnduff 12 points for the Mohawks,

Mikayla Duflo led the Eagles with 14 points. Tori Christiansen grabbed seven rebounds and Mackenzie Geister had four assists.

The season was a nice run for the Eagles who were predicted to finish seventh in a nine team league prior to the season.

“I would have never, you always want to hope, but I never would have started the season saying we are going to win our league and win our district,” Farmer said. “I couldn’t be prouder.

The Eagles finished the season 18-5 overall. They were 5-17 a year ago.

The Mohawks will face Kent City (24-0) in the regional final on Thursday.

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