CCA’s Carlson named all-state honorable mention for second straight year

ALL-STATER: Crossroads Charter Academy senior Miranda Carlson was named an Associated Press Class D all-state honorable mention. (Pioneer file photo)

ALL-STATER: Crossroads Charter Academy senior Miranda Carlson was named an Associated Press Class D all-state honorable mention. (Pioneer file photo)

BIG RAPIDS — Crossroads Charter Academy’s girls basketball team has won 50 straight conference games dating back to the 2012-13 season.

Senior guard/forward Miranda Carlson has played an instrumental role in the streak — especially this season — when she averaged 17 points, seven rebounds, four steals and two assists per game.

She recently was named to the Associated Press Class D girls basketball all-state team as an honorable mention. It is the second straight year she has garnered all-state honorable mention honors.

“It’s pretty exciting for the program and especially for her,” CCA coach J.J. Eads said. “She’s definitely been one of our best players for the past three years. She’s very unselfish, doesn’t care about her stats, just wants to help the team. She definitely will be missed.”

Since Carlson was brought up to varsity midway through her freshman season, the Cougars have gone 71-9 since, including 20-2 this year. The last three years, the team’s only losses were against Mount Pleasant Sacred Heart, which has won three straight regional titles and a state title.

“It’s just really cool to know I went through the last three years only losing to Sacred Heart,” she said. “We just really worked hard, and having the support of my team and my whole high school was very encouraging. We just had a lot of chemistry.”

Carlson said she was the most confident she has ever been this season.

“I think my shooting and defense was better,” she said. “I also had a very supportive team.

“I think my aggressiveness was the area I improved in the most. At first, I was very timid. I knew I had to step up (this season) and be a leader.”

Carlson said Grace Bible College is interested in her to play basketball next year, but she still is unsure of her college plans.

“It’s one of the options I’m thinking about,” she said. “I haven’t really looked deep into it yet, but it’s either that or Cornerstone University, but not for basketball.”

Carlson currently is on the girls soccer team and is the starting goalkeeper. The team opened the season with a 1-1 draw on Tuesday.

“Our goal is to have a better record than last year.” She said. “I know we didn’t win many games but we just tied Reed City, and we lost to them 4-2 last year. We are improving, so that’s good.”

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Posted by Ryan Zuke

Ryan is the sports editor for the Big Rapids Pioneer, covering local prep sports and Ferris State athletics. He can be contacted at (231) 592-8363 or rzuke@pioneergroup.com.

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