CARSON CITY — Turnovers will drive a coach mad, but more importantly, turnovers will cost a team the chance to win a ballgame.
Sometimes teams are able to overcome turnovers, other times not. On Thursday night, the Carson City-Crystal girls basketball team turned the ball over 17 times and could not overcome annual powerhouse Portland St. Patrick in a 50-45 loss at home.
“If it wasn’t for the turnovers and we get shots in those situations, it probably would have been a better outcome,” Eagles coach Larry Farmer said. “He (Al Schrauben) does a nice job. You don’t win six state championships and not know what you’re doing.”
Carson City spent most of the night playing from behind, but were close a handful of times, only to have turnovers derail any momentum.
“I’m trying to play with four forwards and a guard,” Farmer said. “I think we kind of exposed some of the poor passing and vulnerability tonight. Sometimes we just dropped the ball or just threw it right to them. They force you to make quick decisions in a small amount of time or you will get trapped.”
The Eagles trailed the Shamrocks by just one after the first quarter at 12-11. Mikayla Duflo’s basket at 5:27 in the second quarter gave the Eagles a 14-13 advantage.
But turnovers on three of the next four possessions turned a one point lead into a seven point deficit at 21-14.
“I thought we fought really hard and never hung our heads,” Farmer said. “You can not turn the ball over against a good team and give them that many extra possessions. That’s not good for anybody.”
Carson City battled early in the third quarter to get within two points at 29-27. But again, the Shamrocks responded and increased its lead to 34-27.
“I thought we hit some bigs shots along the way. Sometimes we got a little careless with the ball,” Shamrocks coach Al Schrauben said. “We would come back then and make a good pass for a bucket. It was just a matter of hitting shots and free throws in the last couple of minutes.”
Trailing to start the final quarter, the Eagles pulled to within one point at 40-39 on a basket by McKenzie Geister. Once again, Portland St. Patrick extended the lead to seven points at 46-39.
Duflo drained a couple of late three-pointers, but the Shamrocks sealed the game with four free throws as the clock ran out.
“Defensively, we were horrid. That might be as poor as we played defensively in a while,” Schrauben said. “But give them credit for the way they attacked us. I thought we were awful slow in our half court defense.”
Duflo tied a game-high with 14 points. Emily Ward added 10 points and Hailey Geister nine points.
Courtney Dixon led seven Shamrocks in scoring with 14 points. Danielle Simon added 10 points and Jennifer Bosworth finished with eight points.
“That is pretty much the way we play,” Schrauben said. “We don’t have anyone that is a guaranteed 10 points, but I feel I have eight kids that can score 10 points. Our scoring is pretty much spread out.”
Portland St. Patrick improved to 6-1 overall.
Well after the game had finished, Farmer still was thinking what could have been against a good Shamrocks team.
“Sometimes in the game you get good breaks and bad breaks,” Farmer said. “You always hate being on the wrong side of it. If we would have taken care of the ball and got shots vs. not getting a shot it would have been a different outcome.”
The Eagles (4-2) will travel to face Shepherd in their holiday tournament on Dec. 27.
PORTLAND ST. PATRICK 50, CC-CRYSTAL 45
St. Patrick 12 15 9 14 — 50
CC-Crystal 11 12 9 13 — 45
PORTLAND ST. PATRICK (6-1) — J. Bosworth 2 4-6 8, Mackowiak 3 0-0 7, Simon 3 3-4 10, Lehman 1 1-2 3, A. Bosworth 2 0-0 5, Goodrich 1 0-0 3, Dixon 6 2-2 14. Totals: 18 10-14 50. Three-point goals: Mackowiak, Simon, A. Bosworth, Goodrich. Total fouls: 10. Fouled out: None.
CC- CRYSTAL (4-2) — Ward 4 2-4 10, Duflo 5 0-2 14, Christiansen 2 4-4 8, H. Geister 4 1-2 9, M. Geister 2 0-0 4. Totals: 17 7-12 45. Three-point goals: Duflo 4. Total fouls: 13. Fouled out: None.