STANTON — The first girls basketball game of the season for Carson City-Crystal and Central Montcalm saw two teams going in opposite directions.
The Eagles continued their rise by beating the Green Hornets 50-25 Tuesday night.
“It was a good start for us,” CC-Crystal coach Larry Farmer said. “I thought we played well in stretches. We still have a lot of things to work on, but I was proud of their effort. They played hard the whole game I thought.”
The Eagles started the game with an 18-4 first quarter, led by four triples from Mikayla Duflo.
“We aren’t quite as polished as we planned to be,” Central coach Kevin Everingham said. “Just a lot of little things, things that we need to do that should automatically be happening. We didn’t attack them (CC-Crystal) and just stayed back and let their defense happen.”
That defense held the Hornets to just a field goal and two free throws by Savannah Case in the first quarter and an Ashten Bohen three-pointer and two Case free throws in the second.
“That’s what we kind of built our program on,” Farmer said. “Offense will come and go but defense is consistent and I think they (CC-Crystal) played well and took away the strengths of Central.”
At the half the score was 34-9 in favor of Carson. At that point Duflo had six triples as part of 20 points in the first half.
“She’s a tough girl to stop,” Everingham said. “We tried to get girls to double(-team) on her. We started out with a trap at the beginning and that was specifically because of her (Duflo). Then they (CC-Crystal) had screens going left and right for her and we were trying to go above them and it wasn’t working.”
Duflo picked up one last three before being taken out to let other bench players play. She finished with 23 points.
“She was a special mention all-state player last season for a reason,” Farmer said. “She’s a really good player and the nice thing is seeing the compliments around her that makes us a pretty good team.”
Case finished with 15 of the Hornets’ 25 points.
“We just pointed out the things we were missing, like the under-the-basket passing and one girl trying to do everything,” Everingham said. “We tried to look at other girls. They were in a 1-3-1 (defense) for a long time and there are openings in a 1-3-1. We were looking at that kind of stuff.”
Central won’t have any time to practice before their next game, since they play again today at Tri County.
The Eagles, meanwhile, will face a tough Mount Pleasant Sacred Heart team Friday at home.
“We’ll prepare for them and do our best,” Farmer said. “I think we know each other pretty well. We’ll see what happens.”
CC-Crystal 50, Central Montcalm 25
CC-Crystal 18 16 12 4 – 50
Central Montcalm 4 5 5 11 – 25
CC-CRYSTAL (1-0) – Fisher 1 0-1 2, Duflo 8 0-0 23, Jolls 0 2-3 2, Christiansen 2 3-4 7, Schneider 3 0-0 6, McAlvey 1 0-0 2, Geister 3 2-2 8. Totals: 18 7-10 50. Three-point goals: Duflo 7. Total fouls: 15. Fouled out: none.
CENTRAL MONTCALM (0-1) – Bohen 1 0-0 3, Everingham 2 0-0 4, Christensen 0 2-2 2, Wernette 0 1-2 1, Case 5 5-6 15. Totals: 8 8-10 25. Three-point goals: Bohen. Total fouls: 16. Fouled out: Christensen.