• Keith Hjelle

No New Year's Party for Charger Basketball Teams, Lose to Van Meter


The New Year is traditionally a time of celebration, hope, determination, and change. Unfortunately for the ACGC basketball teams, the initial games of the New Year did not bring about any celebrating or the desired change, as both Charger teams saw their losing streaks continue. The Charger girls dropped a 59-44 decision to the visiting Van Meter Bulldogs, while the boys fell to the second ranked team in class 2A by a one sided 88-33 score.

The girls' game started well for the local cagers, as the Chargers took an 8-3 lead in the first minute and a half of the game thanks to two three pointers by Lauren Embleton. Midway through the first quarter ACGC still held a 10-9 lead when the Chargers were held scoreless for the remainder of the quarter and the Bulldogs went on a 10-0 run to lead 19-10 after the first stanza.

Down 21-10 at the five minute mark in quarter number two, ACGC went on a run of its own to knot the score at 21-21 with four different Chargers splitting the nets during the run. Mady Smith scored four points and Genevieve Hoover hit a trey to spark the Chargers. Not to be outdone, Van Meter countered with thirteen unanswered points to take a 34-24 halftime lead it never relinquished.

The second half was pretty even, but the Chargers never challenged again. Van Meter shot well from the field, as unofficial statistics showed the Bulldogs hitting at a 50% clip, making 18 of 36 field goals attempts. ACGC made 17 field goals of its own (out of 50 tries) but was outscored from the free throw line 17-4.

Mady Smith and Lauren Embleton each scored in double figures for the Chargers, scoring 15 and 11 points respectively. Savana Fuller contributed 8 points. Smith also led the team in rebounds with 8, while Jorja Hoover had 4 assists and Embleton managed four steals. Emily Roberts led Van Meter with 19 points.

Charger fans may have witnessed the best of Iowa's 2A boys' teams last night, as the Bulldogs turned in a remarkable shooting and teamwork performance. Van Meter shot an incredible 73% from the field, making 32 of 44 shots from the floor. Of those 32 field goals, 14 were from behind the three point arc including 6 in the third quarter alone. Six Bulldogs scored in double figures with Blake Fryar leading the balanced attack with 12 points. Van Meter was credited with a whopping 25 assists on the night. One statistic that tells the tale is the fact that Van Meter missed only two shots in the entire second half, and the Bulldogs rebounded both of those misses. That means that ACGC had NO defensive rebounds in the second half! Don't think this writer has ever seen that before.

The Chargers were never in this one, although they held a brief 2-1 lead on Collin Stowe's basket within the first minute of play. Van Meter then went on a terror over the next five plus minutes to take an overwhelming 23-2 lead. The only thing left undecided was what the final score would be.

Stowe led the scoring for the Chargers with 11 points on 5 of 9 shooting, while Quynton Younker finished with 9 points. Quenton Spack led in rebounding with 5, while Noah Nelson had 2 assists. Younker was credited with the lone steal that the Chargers could manage. As a team ACGC made 14 of 38 field goals for 37% and 2 of 4 attempts from the charity stripe.

Coach Jake Mohling acknowledged Van Meter's ability when he said, "Van Meter is really good. It wouldn't surprise me if they contend for a state championship. We look forward to playing them again to see how we grow throughout the season."

The losses dropped the girls overall record to 0-10 (0-7 in the WCAC), while the boys lost their fifth in a row to put their season mark at 3-7 (2-6 in conference play). The teams will be on the road for the next three games with two games coming up over the weekend. Friday the Chargers will travel to Woodward-Granger and Saturday the teams will be at Exira-Elk-Horn Kimballton. Note that the Ex-EHK games begin at 3 PM with the girls contest and that the games will be played in Elkhorn.

Girls score by quarters: Boys' sore by quarters:

VM 19 15 9 16--59 VM 28 21 22 17--88

ACGC 10 14 9 14--44 ACGC 6 11 14 2--33

Box score: Reb Box Score: Reb

FG 3Pt FT O-D Ast Stl TP FG 3Pt FT O-D Ast Stl TP

Fuller 4-8 0-0 0-0 2-2 1 3 8 Sargent 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0

Laabs 1-4 0-1 0-2 0-0 2 1 2 Nelson 1-2 0-1 0-1 0-1 2 0 2

Smith 5-11 2-5 3-4 1-7 1 2 15 Spack 1-4 0-1 0-0 1-4 1 0 2

Emb'lt'n 4-9 3-8 0-2 2-0 1 4 11 Byers 1-3 0-0 0-0 0-0 1 0 2

J Hoover 1-5 0-1 1-1 4-0 4 0 3 Wheatley 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0

Young 0-5 0-1 0-0 2-1 0 1 0 Littler 1-4 1-2 0-1 0-1 1 0 3

Carrick 1-4 0-2 0-0 0-4 1 1 2 Wardyn 2-10 0-1 0-1 3-1 1 0 4

G Hoover 1-4 1-3 0-0 0-0 0 0 3 Younker 3-6 1-3 2-2 0-1 0 1 9

Madsen 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0

Stowe 5-9 1-1 0-0 2-0 0 0 11


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