• Keith Hjelle

Charger Girls, Boys BB Teams Lose to Exira-Elkhorn-Kimballton


Even though it is only about a forty five minute drive to Elkhorn, it had to seem a lot longer for the Charger basketball players who rode the bus back to ACGC territory last night after both girls' and boys' teams were soundly defeated by the Ex-EHK Spartans. The Charger girls suffered their worst defeat of the season at the hands of the class 1A 9th ranked Spartans, falling by a 72-33 score. The Charger boys dropped a 59-37 decision when Ex-EHK broke open a relatively close game at halftime by hitting 10 of 14 field goal attempts in the third quarter in the non-conference tilt.

The Charger girls were never really in the game , as the Spartans raced to an 18-5 lead after the opening quarter. ACGC didn't score until there was just over a minute to go in the quarter after Ex-EHK opened the game on a 14-0 run. Continuous full court pressure in which the Spartans used several different presses baffled the Chargers causing numerous turnovers from the get go. The local girls committed thirty one turnovers for the game, resulting in thirty six Spartan points.

Sierra O'Brien hit double figures for the Chargers with 10 points--the only ACGC player who hit doubles. Savana Fuller had a good game on the boards, as she grabbed 9 rebounds including 5 on the offensive glass. Fuller also led the team in steals with 3, while Jorja Hoover led in assists with 4. As a team the Chargers shot 23% from the floor, hitting on 11 of 47 ties, and scored a perfect 6 of 6 from the free throw line. Led by all-stater Sophia Pepper's 30 points, Ex-EHK made 44% of its field goal attempts and 73% of it charity tosses.

In the boys' game the Chargers took a 9-6 lead after the first quarter and were still in the game at halftime, trailing by a 27-19 score, when the dam burst and Ex-EhK outscored ACGC 23-3 in the third frame. Twice in the third quarter the Chargers went without a score for three minute stretches. ACGC outscored the Spartans 15-9 in the final stanza to close the gap to the final of 59-37.

For the second consecutive game Caden Wardyn was the only Charger in double figures with 11 points. Quenton Spack came off the bench to be the second leading score with 9 points to his credit. Sam Madsen led the team in rebounds with 8, while Collin Stowe grabbed 7 boards. No one had more than two assists or more than one steal for the Chargers. The team shot just over 30% from the field and made 5 of 12 free throws. Josh Pettepier led the Spartans with 19 points, including five treys.

The losses dropped the girls record to 1-11 on the season (1-7 WCAC), and the boys record to 3-9 (2-7 WCAC). The Chargers will return to conference play on Tuesday when they travel to Madrid

to face the Tigers. Girls' tipoff is scheduled for 6 PM.

Girls score by quarter: Boys' score by quarter:

ACGC 5 9 7 12--33 ACGC 9 10 3 15--37

Ex-EHK 18 16 21 17--72 Ex-EHK 6 21 23 9--59

Reb Reb

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

Fuller 3-7 0-0 0-0 6-3 0 0 6 Sargent 1-3 0-1 0-0 1-0 1 1 2

Laabs 0-6 0-1 0-0 2-1 0 1 0 Nelson 1-4 0-2 0-0 1-0 1 0 2

Smith 0-4 0-2 0-0 1-4 2 0 0 Spack 3-6 1-2 2-2 1-2 0 0 9

Emblet'n 2-9 1-7 1-2 0-2 2 0 7 Byers 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-1 0 0 0

J Hoov'r 1-6 1-3 2-2 2-1 4 1 5 Wheatley 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0

O'Brien 4-7 2-3 0-0 2-0 0 1 10 Littler 0-8 0-3 0-0 1-3 1 1 0

KeYoung 0-1 0-0 0-0 0-1 0 1 0 Wardyn 4-13 1-3 2-6 2-2 0 1 11

Carrick 0-5 0-2 2-2 1-5 0 0 2 Madsen 2-3 0-0 1-2 4-4 2 0 5

Lemke 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 Younker 3-5 0-0 0-0 1-2 0 0 6

Larsen 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-1 1 1 0 Stowe 1-7 0-0 0-2 3-4 2 1 2

KyYoung 0-1 0-1 0-0 0-1 0 0 0

GHoov'r 1-1 1-1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0

Caltr'der 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0


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