CC-Crystal ready for regional tournament

By Bruce Bentley • Last Updated 9:33 am on Tuesday, March 05, 2013

Carson City’s Tori Christensen looks to make a pass over the head of an oppponent during a game this season.

CARSON CITY — The Carson City-Crystal girls basketball team has been on quite a roll the past two seasons.

The Eagles won 18 games last year, while winning league (CMAC) and district titles for the first time since the early 1980s.

This year, the Eagles are 20-2 overall with several signature wins. They won the MSAC in their first year in the league and won a second consecutive district title with a 35-29 win over Pewamo-Westphalia on Friday.

It was the first time in school history the Eagles have won back-to-back league and district titles. Their 20 wins are a school record, as well.

It took a come-from-behind win on Friday to advance to the Class C regional tournament tonight at Springport (south of Lansing). The Eagles were down 14-7 after the first quarter.

“We edged our way back and finally took a lead in the fourth quarter,” Farmer said. “Mackenzie (Geister) scored 11 in the fourth quarter and really hit a big three. Mikayla (Duflo) hit a big three. So the girls are just really tough minded and not afraid to make plays in big moments.”

With wins over four Class B schools and a road win over highly ranked Saginaw Nouvel, the Eagles are a confident team.

“They believe in each other and believe in what they are trying to accomplish,” Farmer said. “Last year in districts they fought back and again this year. We always say its not over till its over and that’s what they do.”

Their opponent tonight is Grandville Calvin Christian out of the O-K Silver. The Squires (17-6) tied Kent City for the league title at 11-1 with the teams splitting the season series.

Calvin Christian defeated Grand Rapids Covenant Christian 49-35 to win the district title.

“They are very long. They have three players six-foot and over,” Farmer said. “They start four girls over 5-9 and in girls basketball that is pretty tall.

“They rebound it well, get shots close to the basket and they have a big sophomore who is real agile and athletic. Defensively, they make it hard on teams,” Farmer said.

Both the Eagles and Squires have held opponents to below 10 points.

The Eagles held Laingsburg to nine points to start the district tournament, while the Squires held Wyoming Lee to five and seven points.

Farmer said the key is to play their game as they have all season long.

“I think at this time of the year, everybody is going to be who they are,” Farmer said. “I really think we got here playing good half court defense, playing together and executing. Taking what the defense gives us. We have five good offensive players on the court and if you take one away someone else will step up.”

Delton Kellogg will face Muskegon Western Michigan Christian in the first regional semifinal at 5:30 p.m. today.

“I think all four teams, anyone of them could win it. They are all good teams,” Farmer said. “It should make for an exciting region. Everyone has a chance, everyone is good enough to win and no one is so dominate that no one else has a chance.”

A win tonight would be the first regional playoff win in school history. With all the accomplishments of the Eagles the past two seasons, it’s not unlikely they will add more in the coming week.

Region No. 21 at Springport

Delton Kellogg vs. Muskegon Western Michigan Christian, 5:30 p.m.
Carson City-Crystal vs. Grandville Calvin Christian, 7:30 p.m.

Regional final, 7 p.m.

Note: Winner of region will advance to the Class C quarterfinals at Ithaca on March 12. They will face the winner of Region 22 at Merrill. The state semifinals and final take place on March 14 and 16 at the Breslin Center in East Lansing.

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