CARSON CITY — Carson City-Crystal’s girls basketball team is now the leader in the Mid-State Activities Conference – sort of.
The Eagles, who trailed Mount Pleasant Sacred Heart in the standings by a game, grabbed a share of the lead from the Irish with a 42-24 victory at home Wednesday night.
“I felt we played great on both ends of the floor,” CC-Crystal coach Larry Farmer said. “We were patient offensively, defended hard, hit some timely shots.”
The patience offensively was evident from the first quarter, as the Eagles (10-2, 5-1) and Irish (8-4, 5-1) combined for just five field goals in the first quarter. However, Sacred Heart didn’t get their second field goal until there was just under two minutes left in the quarter to make the score 8-6 Eagles.
“We’ve always held our hat on the defensive end,” Farmer said. “If you’re going to be any good you have to play defense.”
That defensive stand continued in the second quarter, holding the Irish to just a Sara Hansen three-pointer while the offense got 11 points for a 19-9 lead at halftime.
“When we lost to Portland St. Pats (St. Patrick) before Christmas break we committed ourself to that end of the floor and I think it’s really paid off for us,” Farmer said. “Defense is a friend that never leaves you. Offense can leave you here or there but defense never leaves you no matter what.”
The Eagles opened up the second half with a 10-2 run over the first five minutes of and was never seriously threatened after that despite Hansen getting eight points in the quarter.
“I thought we executed really well in the second half,” Farmer said. “It was good patience and we waited for the shot we wanted.”
Farmer tried to slow Hansen down.
“We just tried to stay with her (Hansen), get a hand up in her face,” he said. “She’s a good player. I believe she was all-state in Class D last year. We know how good she is and how good that team is and we wanted to take away their strengths the best we could.”
Each team had just four players on their eight-woman rosters score. Hansen had 13 points, while none of the other three had more than five.
Leading CC-Crystal was Hailey Geister with 13 points. Mikayla Duflo added 11 and Tori Christensen and Mackenzie Geister added nine each for the 42 Eagle points.
“That’s what I like about this team,” Farmer said. “You never know where it’s going to come from and different people step up and score for us. I think that’s a sign of a good team when you have balance. You can take one or two players away on a team but when you have balance it’s really difficult. (Wednesday night) Hailey did well. The next night it will be Tori, the next night it will be Kenzie.”
The Eagles will get back into action next Tuesday night at home against Bath, a former Central Michigan Athletic Conference opponent before CC-Crystal switched to the MSAC.
CC-C 42, MP Sacred Heart 24
MPSH 6 3 10 5 — 24
CC-Crystal 8 11 12 11 — 42
SACRED HEART (8-4, 5-1) — S.Hansen 5 0-0 13, Ma.Predum 1 1-2 3, Terwilliger 1 1-2 3, E.Hansen 2 1-1 5. Totals: 9 3-5 24. Three-point goals: S.Hansen 3. Total fouls: 16. Fouled out: Ma.Predum.
CC-CRYSTAL (10-2, 5-1) — Duflo 3 2-4 11, Christensen 3 3-4 9, H.Geister 5 3-4 13, M.Geister 4 1-2 9. Totals: 15 9-14 42. Three-point goals: Duflo 3. Total fouls: 7. Fouled out: none.