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PREPS: Carson’s win streak ends at 5 in girls basketball

Darrell Moody
dmoody@nevadaappeal.com

Carson High’s five-game winning streak came to an ugly end Friday night.

The Senators shot an ice cold 26 percent from the floor, turned the ball over 22 times and went scoreless in the final quarter in a 53-25 loss to Juneau-Douglas (Alaska) in a nonleague girls basketball game at Morse Burley Gym.

Carson dropped to 5-3 and will be off until they go to a tournament in Las Vegas on Dec. 27. Juneau-Douglas is 2-0, and was scheduled to play McQueen today, but that may not happen because of Friday’s heavy snowstorm.

“I thought we would give them a better game than we did,” Carson coach Todd Ackerman said. “We had shots, we just didn’t score. We missed layups. We missed 2-footers; missed 4-footers. They are the best team we’ve played this year.

“They ran the floor well; their bigs ran well. Their bigs are very athletic. I thought we defended well in the half-court. We had a tough time with their pressure.”

Watching Juneau-Douglas run its offense, it was hard to believe it was only the second game of the season for the Crimson Bears. They ran their sets without hesitation, while Carson failed to run its offense through much of the night.

“We had our minds made up what we were going to do with the ball instead of reading and reacting,” Ackerman said.

Carson hung for the first six minutes of the game, trailing just 14-11 with 2:12 left in the opening quarter. Whitney Nash got off to a fast start, scoring all six of her points in the first 3 minutes 55 seconds of the game.

Juneau scored the next five points to take a 19-11 lead after one. The Senators had no answer for Nani Ostrom, who dropped in 11 of her 15 points in the opening quarter.

The Crimson Bears upped their lead to 31-17 at the half, outscoring Carson 10-4 in the final 5:34 of the first half.

The pace was much too quick for the Senators, who found themselves beaten down the floor way too often.

“We try to run all the time,” Juneau coach Lesslie Knight said. “We play on a college-sized court, and that’s an advantage for us when we get to state. Three of our bigs are very mobile.”

Juneau opened the second half 0-for-3 with a turnover, allowing Carson to cut it to 31-21 after two free throws by Jazmyn Stokes. But the Alaskan squad started pounding the ball inside and scored four straight baskets for a 39-21 lead with 3:50 to go in the quarter. Taylor Larson, a second-team all-state performer had six of her game-high 17 points in that span.

“We’ve been trying to get her to go right, but teams aren’t stopping her from going left,” Knight said.

And, Carson made it easier for her by letting her establish position on the block. Once she got the ball inside, it was over for the Senators. Carson played a smaller line-up a lot, and often times Larson would have a guard on her.

Carson trailed by 18 after three, and it got really ugly after that. The Senators went 0-for-14 from the floor and turned the ball over four times in the final eight minutes.

Nash, Eliza Matley and Shine led Carson with six points apiece.