JUST IN: St. Louis girls end CC-Crystal’s season

By Bruce Bentley • Last Updated 10:37 pm on Thursday, March 06, 2014

Carson City-Crystal junior Mikayla Duflo hits a three-point late in the fourth quarter to pull the Eagles within five points of St. Louis on Thursday night.

ITHACA — It’s been a remarkable run for the Carson City-Crystal girls basketball team.

In the past three seasons, the Eagles have won 59 games, three league and three district championships. On Tuesday, the Eagles won their first ever regional basketball game with a win over Grandville Calvin Christian.

Unfortunately, the Eagles run ended on Thursday night as they fell short of their first regional title with a 42-32 regional final loss to St. Louis at Ithaca High School.

Instead, it was the first ever regional title for the Sharks (19-4). St. Louis revenged its 2012 district final loss to the Eagles in which the Sharks blew an eight point fourth quarter lead.

Trailing by 14 points early in the fourth quarter, the Eagles tried to rally against the Sharks again with a 13-2 run. The run pulled the Eagles to within 33-30 with 2:47 remaining in the game.

St. Louis, though, was able to fend off the Eagles. Leading 35-32 with 1:17 left, the Sharks closed out the game on an 8-0 run.

Mackenzie Geister led the Eagles with 11 points, while Mikayla Duflo added 10 points and Tori Christiansen nine points. Jenna Schneider scored the other two points for the Eagles.

Bri Alspaugh and Ashtyn Maniez led the Sharks with 15 points apiece.

Carson City-Crystal finished the season 21-3.

St. Louis will face Saginaw Nouvel in the Class C quarterfinal in Tuesday at Reece. Nouvel defeated Sandusky 47-35 in its regional final on Thursday.


CC-Crystal 9 4 4 15 — 32

St. Louis 14 6 6 16 — 42

CC-CRYSTAL (21-3) — Duflo 3 1-2 10, Christiansen 3 2 -4 9, Geister 3 5-6 11, Schneider 1 0-0 2. Totals: 9 8-12 32. Three-point goals: Duflo 3, Geister 2, Christiansen. Total fouls:10. Fouled out: None.

St. LOUIS (19-4) — Smith 2 0-0 4, Holmes 1 0-0 2, Capen 1 0-0 2, Fagins 2 0-0 4, Maniez 4 5-6 15, Alspaugh 6 3-3 15. Totals: 16 8-9 42. Three-point goals: Maniez 2. Total fouls: 8. Fouled out: None.

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