CC-Crystal cruises by Montabella, wins 14th straight

By Chip Burch • Last Updated 2:40 pm on Friday, February 14, 2014

BLANCHARD — The last time Montabella’s girls basketball team played Carson City-Crystal, the Mustangs didn’t make a field goal and lost 26-8.

For the first half of Thursday’s rematch, it looked like they may get shut out again.

But the Mustangs did make field goals to go with free throws, but it wasn’t enough as the Eagles cruised to a 64-29 victory.

The win was the 14th straight for CC-Crystal.

“They (CC-Crystal) played great on both ends of the floor, I thought the bench played great, it was a well-played game all the way around for us tonight,” CC-Crystal coach Larry Farmer said.

The Eagles (15-1, 8-1) held the Mustangs (11-7, 6-3) to just an Emily Lint free throw in the first quarter, jumping out to a 20-1 lead in the first eight minutes.

Montabella made only four free throws in eight attempts and missed all their field goals to trail 33-5 at halftime. That was six straight quarters CC-Crystal had kept the Mustangs from getting a field goal in two meetings this season.

“We had a different offense tonight,” Montabella coach Terry Larson said. “They (CC-Crystal) are a great defensive team. We got some shots, they didn’t go in in the first half. They started going in in the second half.”

Larson attributed the slow start to nerves.

“I think that was a lot of it,” he said. “And they (CC-Crystal) don’t give you a long look. They’re on you relatively quick so if you’re going to get a shot off it had better be in a hurry,”

Montabella finally made a field goal when Taylor Smith hit a three with 6:15 left in the third quarter. Larson said the difference between the two halves offensively was “halftime.”

“We told them (Montabella) they have to relax and play or they’re going to go eight quarters without a basket,” he said. “They started looking where they were supposed to be looking. We started attacking the basket quite a bit more.”

But the damage had been done at that point.

CC-Crystal more than doubled their offensive output in the rematch.

“We did make some adjustments to what they (Montabella) were doing defensively and I thought it opened up some areas for us to get good shots off,” Farmer said.

Tori Christiansen led the Eagles with 17 points and Mackenzie Geister added 11 to almost outscore the entire Montabella team.

Smith finished with a game-high 11 points. She and Sarah Miller, the two scoring leaders for Montabella, combined for 18 of the 29 Mustang points.

“Those are the two best players,” Farmer said. “If you can take the two best players down on the team and take their point average down you usually have a good chance to beat them.”

Miller’s seven points put her at 993 career points. If she scores seven against Farwell Tuesday she will become the second Lady Mustang to score 1,000, joining Mindy Sawyer, who did it in 1995.

CC-Crystal, meanwhile, will put their winning streak on the line Saturday when they host Saginaw Nouvel Catholic Central.

CC-Crystal 64, Montabella 29

CC-Crystal 20 13 19 12   — 64

Montabella 1 4 13 11 — 29

CC-CRYSTAL (15-1, 8-1) — Fisher 3 0-3 6, Assemany 1 0-0 2, Heckman 2 2-4 6, Duflo 3 0-0 9, Christiansen 6 4-6 17, Schneider 3 0-0 6, McAlvey 3 0-0 7, Geister 2 6-6 11, Ergen 0 0-1 0. Totals: 23 12-20 64. Three-point goals: Duflo 3, Christiansen, McAlvey. Geister. Total fouls: 15. Fouled out: none.

MONTABELLA (11-7, 6-3) — Wells 1 1-2 3, Cutler 2 0-0 5, Smith 3 2-2 11, Lint 0 1-2 1, Ripley 0 1-2 1, Miller 1 5-8 7, Anderson 0 1-2 1. Totals: 7 11-18 29. Three-point goals: Cutler, Smith 3. Total fouls: 17. Fouled out: none.

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