Carson City-Crystal girls upend No. 3 Saginaw Nouvel


By Bruce Bentley • Last Updated 9:48 am on Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Carson City-Crystal’s Hailey Geister, right, looks to make a pass during a game this season. The Eagles are 16-2 overall.

CARSON CITY — The Carson City-Crystal Eagles just keep winning.

Playing on Saturday, the Eagles won their 12th consecutive game. It was easily its biggest win of the year and more than likely one of its biggest wins in school history.

Carson City (16-2) defeated, then Class C No. 3 rated, Saginaw Nouvel Catholic Central 41-37 on the road. With the win, the Eagles jumped into the Class C top 10 at No. 7, while Nouvel (16-2) dropped to No. 5 (see latest girls poll in left column).

Tori Christiansen led the Eagles with 10 points and eight rebounds. Hailey Geister added 10 points and four assists, while Emily Ward finished with seven points and 10 rebounds.

“It was pretty cool. It was a good game for the girls,” Eagles coach Larry Farmer said. “They jumped out 18-11 on us. We settled down and tied it at 22 at halftime. It was tied after three quarters and we outscored them in the fourth 10-6.

“Emily Ward hit some big free throws. It was a pretty balanced game for us,” he added.

Carson City has played a tough schedule this season. They have defeated Class B schools Belding, Shepherd, Sparta and Tri County and now the No. 3 team in the state in Class C.

To gauge what kind of team Nouvel has, they handed Freeland (No. 1 in Class B) its only loss of the year, so far. Freeland reached the state semifinals last year.

The Eagles have not lost a game since a 50-45 loss at home against Portland St. Patrick (ranked No. 4 in Class D) on Dec. 20.

“I think we have a healthy view of the game. We know we can be beaten, but at the same time we are not intimidated,” Farmer said. “We have won 12 straight, but I think they understand the next game doesn’t matter how many they have won. They just go out and play as hard as they can.”

Carson City has just one game remaining this week. They host Coleman on Thursday in the regular season finale.

The Eagles’ game against Fulton on Feb. 11 was postponed due to the weather. Carson City wanted to reschedule, but Fulton refuses to make up the canceled game. That will leave the Eagles with just 19 regular season games.

A win against Coleman will clinch a share of the Mid-State Activities Conference title with Mount Pleasant Sacred Heart. That will be the first back-to-back conference (CMAC title in 2012) titles since 1982-1983.

“That will be a big deal,” Farmer said of winning another league title. “That is something that doesn’t happen very often and the girls are excited about that.”

Carson City-Crystal will face Laingsburg in the first round of the district tournament at Pewamo-Westphalia. The Eagles and Pewamo are the favorites to reach the district finals.

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