VESTABURG — Carson City-Crystal’s change of conferences to the Mid-State Activities Conference has worked out good so far.
The boys basketball team picked up their first conference win Thursday night, beating Vestaburg 55-43 in Vestaburg.
“We jumped out early on them (Vestaburg) and we held on for dear life,” CC-Crystal coach Ryan Fritz said. “We knew what kind of athletes they have and how hard they work. No lead was too big for us.”
That early run came in the first quarter, when the Eagles (2-0, 1-0) went on a 13-4 run over the first 5:10.
“Our defense wasn’t rotating where they were supposed to rotate,” Vestaburg coach Todd Halcomb said. “Guys were playing two positions instead of one. They weren’t playing their own position, they were helping out and help someone else and that led to overplaying and it gave them (CC-Crystal) some open shots and they made us pay.”
However the Wolverines (0-2, 0-1) finished the last 2:50 of the quarter on a 7-2 run for a 15-11 deficit.
That deficit ballooned quickly, as the Eagles went on a 14-2 run over the first 4:27 of the second quarter.
“Part of that was we weren’t running our offense right,” Halcomb said. “We weren’t using our screens and guys dribbling too much and not passing and moving.”
Meanwhile CC-Crystal hit their shots, Fritz noted.
“Our kids executed offensively in the second quarter,” he said. “We handled what they (Vestaburg) did to us well and we adjusted to it well. That has to do with the seniors. We have eight returning seniors on the team.”
The Eagles outscored the Wolverines 20-9 in that quarter for a 35-20 lead at the break.
CC-Crystal was able to hang on because Vestaburg was missing some open looks, noted Halcomb.
“Just before halftime we had three chances where we could have had layups to cut six points off the lead at halftime and we missed them,” he said. “They were layups and we missed them. In the second half it was the same thing. We had shots we didn’t finish. At times we were our own worst enemy.”
Brann Schmitt led the Eagles with 19 points and Mitchel Schneider added 15 more, including three triples.
“We want to work through our big guy in the middle, Brann Schmitt,” Fritz said. “We feed the ball to him and that sucks the defense in and we can throw it back out and shoot the ball.”
Only six Vestaburg players scored, led by Mason Darmody with 15 and Jared Hilden with 10.
The Eagles will have another conference game Thursday when they go to Ashley to face the Bears, while the Wolverines host Montabella that same day.
CC-C 55, Vestaburg 43
CC-Crystal 15 20 10 10 — 55
Vestaburg 11 9 11 12 — 43
CC-CRYSTAL (2-0, 1-0) – Clark 2 1-2 6, Haines 1 1-2 4, Schmitt 7 5-7 19, M.Schneider 4 4-4 15, Forist 1 0-1 3, Gage 2 3-4 8. Totals: 17 14-20 55. Three-point goals: Clark, Haines, M.Schneider 3, Forist, Gage. Total fouls: 7. Fouled out: none
VESTABURG (0-2, 0-1) – Ryckman 1 0-0 2, Johnson 1 0-0 3, McKinney 2 2-2 6, Darmody 6 0-1 15, Scott 2 2-2 7, Hilden 5 0-0 10, Palmer 0 0-0 0. Totals: 17 4-5 43. Three-point goals: Johnson, Darmody 3, Scott. Total fouls: 21. Fouled out: Palmer.