CARSON CITY — Different year, same result.
For the second year in a row, the Carson City-Crystal girls basketball team has won a share of a conference title. This time around it’s a share of the Mid-State Activities Conference title, claiming a share with a 50-14 drubbing of Coleman Thursday night.
The Eagles (16-3, 9-1) are sharing the title with Mount Pleasant Sacred Heart after the Irish escaped with a 28-26 buzzer-beater over Montabella.
“That hasn’t happened in school history that the girls won back-to-back league titles,” CC-Crystal coach Larry Farmer said. “The girls are excited, it’s been really fun and now our focus in on districts.”
The Eagles were playing a young Comet team that started two freshmen and had one senior on their team.
Coleman made only a Cameron Blake field goal with 3:57 left in the first period and didn’t score again until Carley Starnes hit two free throws with 4:35 left in the second quarter. By then the score was 18-4 CC-Crystal.
Starnes scored the only six points the Comets had in the frame and trailed 23-8 at the break.
“We’re going to have to continue to play good defense if we want to have a shot in the playoffs,” Farmer said.
Starnes scored the only basket of the third quarter while the Eagles scored 19 points to put the game away.
“I thought we played well in stretches,” Farmer said. “We defended well. We held them (Coleman) down to 14 points. That’s pretty good. We’re just trying to get ready for Monday.”
Senior Emily Ward, playing in her final home game, led CC-Crystal with 12 points, followed by sophomore Mikayla Duflo with 10.
Only three Comets scored: Starnes with eight, Blake with five and Amanda MacDonald hit a free throw.
Farmer was glad to see the Eagles win a second conference championship since 1983.
“As a coach what you try to do is give the girls the best chance to be successful,” he said. “When they are, when their hard work is realized that satisfaction to see their happiness and be a part of it.”
Now the Eagles prepare for the Class C district tournament Monday. They will go to Pewamo-Westphalia to open against Laingsburg, whom they shared a Central Michigan Athletic Conference title with last year.
“We just keep doing what we’re doing,” Farmer said. “We’ve been doing really well, we won 13 in a row. We just have to stay sharp, keep working together, stay sharp and whatever happens happens.”
CC-CRYSTAL 50, COLEMAN 14
Coelman 2 6 2 4 — 14
CC-Crystal 10 13 19 8 — 50
COLEMAN (1-19, 1-9) — Blake 2 0-2 5, Starnes 3 2-4 8, MacDonald 0 1-2 1. Totals: 5 3-8 14. Three-point goals: Blake. Total fouls: 16. Fouled out: none.
CC-CRYSTAL (17-2, 9-1) — Ward 6 0-3 12, Donahue 1 0-0 3, Duflo 3 2-2 10, Jolls 0 0-1 0, Christiansen 4 1-2 9, H.Geister 2 2-2 6, Schneider 1 0-1 2, M.Geister 3 2-5 8. Totals: 20 8-16 50. Three-point goals: Donahue, Duflo 2. Total fouls: 8. Fouled out: none.