CARSON CITY — The Carson City-Crystal girls basketball team won a lot of low scoring defensive games a year ago. This year, it looks like the offense is poised to be a consistent threat.
Led by Mikayla Duflo’s 18 points, the Eagles cruised to an opening night 53-29 victory over the Central Montcalm Hornets at home.
Like most first games, each team played well at times and at not so well at other times.
“It is a good starting point. There were some good things and some bad things,” Eagles coach Larry Farmer said. “We executed well at times and then there were times we fouled too much, turned the ball over a little bit, but it’s a good place to start for us.”
Down 7-6, Duflo drained a basket to give the Eagles the lead, which would last the remainder of the night. She finished with eight first quarter points as the Eagles led 15-9.
Central Montcalm coach Kevin Everingham took blame for the loss.
“I think we just need to polish some things up,” he said. “It’s my fault we had some areas where we weren’t ready. I probably underestimated this team a little bit and I needed to find a way to isolate their shooter (Duflo), which didn’t happen.”
With a 29-18 halftime lead, the Eagles came out of the lockerroom and allowed just 11 second half points.
“That’s what we talked about at halftime,” Farmer said. “I thought we were out of position defensively in the first half, didn’t cover and we cleaned that up in the third quarter.”
In a low scoring third quarter, the Eagles outscored the Hornets 9-7 to expand their lead to 38-25.
“We had opportunities to get the ball inside and we didn’t attack,” Everingham said. “We stayed back too much. We needed to go after them. When we did it worked out, we just have to keep it up.”
The Eagles’ offense picked it back up in the final quarter as five players tallied points. In all seven of eight Eagles ‘players score points in the win.
“This summer we have been scoring more than last year. Our offense has improved a lot,” Farmer said. “Defensively, we are not as good as last year and that is where we will have to improve.”
Farmer feels he has a team that can score consistently with multiple players, not just Duflo.
“She (Duflo) is a special player, but you can always take someone way if you want to,” Farmer said. “Our total improvement has made the team better. I think we have six players that can be in double figures in any given game.”
Tori Christiansen score 11 points, while Mackenzie Geister added eight points.
Savanna Case led the Hornets with six points. Kaden Everingham and Breanna Collins each had five points.
“The girls did a decent job with what they were prepared to do,” Everingham said. “There are some things I need to work on.”
Central Montcalm’s junior varsity team defeated the Eagles 25-22.
Molly Wiles led the Eagles with nine points, while Clarissa Mezquitic, Kalika Wernette and Mackenna Myers each scored four points for the Hornets.
Carson City will be welcomed to its new league (MSAC) with a tough conference battle at Mount Pleasant Sacred Heart on Friday.
“They have never lost a league game since they have been in the MSAC,” Farmer said.
Central Montcalm is off until Tuesday when the host Tri County.
CC-Crystal 53, Central Montcalm 29
C. Montcalm 9 9 7 4 — 29
CC-Crystal 15 14 9 14 — 53
CENTRAL MONTCALM (0-1) — Everingham 2 0-0 5, Crooks 0 1-2 1, Bohen 2 0-0 4, Flint 0 3-4 3, Christensen 0 2-4 2, Singh 0 3-4 3, Case 3 0-8 6, Collins 2 1-1 5. Totals: 9 10-23 29. Three-point goals: Everingham. Total fouls: 15. Fouled out: None.
CC-CRYSTAL (1-0) — Ward 2 0-0 4, Donahue 1 0-4 2, Duflo 7 1-3 18, Jolls 1 1-2 3, Christiansen 3 3-3 11, H. Geister 1 5-8 7, M. Geister 4 0-0 8. Totals: 19 11-12 53. Three-point goals: Duflo 3, Christiansen. Total fouls: 21. Fouled out: M. Geister.