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Charger Cagers Show Some Offense; Split Games with Ogden

The ACGC basketball teams both turned in some of their best offensive performances of the season on Friday with different results. The Charger girls scored a season high 54 points to record their second win of the season, a 54-48 decision over the Ogden Bulldogs. Meanwhile, the boys netted their second highest point total of the season only to fall to the Bulldogs by a 77-67 score.

The girls opened the game with a press that yielded an early 7-2 lead before Ogden went on an 11-0 run over the next three minutes to take a 13-7 lead. Savana Fuller stopped the bleeding when she hit her first trey of the season to close the gap to 13-10.

With the Bulldogs leading 18-16 after the first quarter, the teams traded baskets throughout the second frame until Jaden Carrick scored with a little over a minute remaining in the half to give the Chargers a 26-25 lead. It was a lead that ACGC would not relinquish the rest of the game. At the break the Chargers led by a 29-25 margin.

The game remained nip and tuck thought the second half and the Chargers answered every challenge that the Bulldogs offered. Midway through the final quarter ACGC built a 48-39 lead as Carrick, Mady Smith, and Jorja Hoover each scored after Ogden had closed the gap to 42-39. After that it became a matter of the Chargers making enough free throws down the stretch to seal the win.

Carrick paced the Chargers with a career high 22 points on 7 of 11 shooting from the floor and 7 of 8 from the free throw line. Mady Smith also scored in double figures with 10 points, while Hoover added 8. Fuller led the team in rebounds with 9 and Carrick had 7. The team matched its game average of 8 assists, with several players having 2 apiece. Hoover led in steals with 4. Ashton Boggess had a team high 18 points for Ogden.

As a team the Chargers made 21 of 49 field goal attempts for 43%, which is 15% higher than the season average of 28%. From the charity stripe the girls converted on 10 of 16 attempts, good for 63%, also an improvement over the season average of 52%.

Charger mentor Aaron Dose also praised the team's defensive effort when he said, "I was very proud of our defensive consistency. It was also great to see our kids playing together and being aggressive on offense. It was a great team win."

On the boys' side, a hot shooting Ogden team opened the game on a 7-0 run before Caden Wardyn put the Chargers on the board with two free throws. The Bulldogs led 18-11 after the first quarter and increased the lead to 31-21 midway through the second period when Noah Nelson ht a trey and a deuce to close the gap to 31-26. The halftime score was 37-30.

A strong third quarter by the Bulldogs in which they scored twenty one points on seven field goals and a perfect six of six from the free throw line enabled Ogden to take a 58-45 lead headed into the final eight minutes.

Trailing 62-48 with six minutes remaining in the game, the Charger "bigs", Quynton Younker and Collin Stowe, scored six and three points respectively to close the gap to 62-57 with three and a half minutes to go. Noah Snedden, a thorn in the Chargers' side all night, then scored on a three point play to start the Bulldogs on a late run to put the game out of reach.

Caden Wardyn turned in a steady performance as he scored ten points in each half to lead the Charger scoring with 20 points. "Q" Younker and Noah Nelson also scored in double figures with 15 and 10 points respectively. Stowe led the team in rebounds with 9, while Nelson and Bryce Littler each had 4 assists. Wardyn led in steals with three. Snedden led the Bulldog scoring with 24 points.

As a team the Chargers shot a respectable 43% from the floor, connecting on 25 of 58 attempts. The team made a season high 10 three pointers out of 25 attempts and made 7 of 10 free throws. The Chargers made 25 field goals compared to 24 for the Bulldogs, but were outscored from the free throw line 24-7. The 67 points scored by the Chargers represents the second highest point total of the season, topped only by the 72 points scored against West Central Valley back in December. It is also 17 points higher that the team's 50 point average for the season.

Coach Jake Moiling offered these comments following the game, "I thought we played well for three quarters. We need to figure out how not to have dry spells last for so long. Might need to look at switching defenses and calling quick hitters in those moments just to change tempo. Those (dry spells) are just killing us these last few games. I was happy with the effort to come back from eighteen down to five down, but we need to find ways to continue those runs."

The teams will return to action on Tuesday when they will travel to Stuart to face West Central Valley. A junior varsity girls' game at 4:30 will precede the varsity contests. The girls' varsity game will tip of at 6 PM with the boys to follow.

Girls' score by quarters Boys' score by quarters

Ogden 18 7 10 13--48 Ogden 18 19 21 19--77

ACGC 16 13 10 15--54 ACGC 11 19 15 22--67

Box Score REB Box Score REB


Fuller 2-5 1-2 0-0 4-5 2 2 5 Sargent 1-1 1-1 0-0 0-0 0 0 3

Laabs 1-3 0-0 1-2 1-2 1 1 3 Nelson 4-11 2-6 0-0 0-3 4 3 10

Smith 5-10 0-2 0-2 0-2 0 1 10 Byers 1-4 0-0 1-2 0-2 1 0 3

J Hoov'r 3-5 0-1 2-4 0-3 2 4 8 Wheatley 1-1 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 2

O'Brien 3-14 0-7 0-0 1-2 0 0 6 Littler 3-5 2-3 1-1 1-2 4 0 9

Young 0-1 0-0 0-0 0-2 1 0 0 Wardyn 8-15 1-4 3-3 3-0 0 3 20

Carrick 7-11 1-2 7-8 3-4 2 0 22 Younker 5-17 4-11 1-3 2-4 3 0 15

Stowe 2-4 0-0 1-1 5-4 1 0 5

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