- Keith Hjelle
Chargers BB Girls Win Opener for First Time! Top Audubon, 40-31
The ACGC girls' basketball team made history last night, as it won its first season opening game in the school's brief three year history. The Chargers had fallen to Audubon in both the 2017 and 2018 openers, but turned the tables on the Wheelers last night in a hard fought 40-31 victory.
The game was nip and tuck through three quarters, with the Chargers clinging to a 30-27 lead headed into the final frame. The Charger 2-3 zone defense had been effective throughout the game, but was especially so in the final eight minutes, holding the Wheelers to just one field goal and a free throw. With Sierra O'Brien having the hot hand and scoring eight points in the quarter, the Chargers were able to pull away from the visitors to claim the win.
Neither team could find the hoop in the early going, as the Chargers didn't score from the field until nearly three minutes had passed in the opening quarter. Audubon didn't score its first points until the 3:30 mark. Audubon held a 9-6 lead following the first stanza.
The second quarter found both teams scoring the bulk of their points from the free throw line. The Wheelers went 8 for 11 from the charity stripe while the Chargers were accurate on 7 of 10 attempts. The Charger defense surrendered only one field goal in the quarter, holding the visitors to one make in seven attempts. Trailing 18-12 with 4:40 remaining in the half, ACGC outscored Audubon seven to one to take a 20-19 lead going into the break. Kylie Young's free throw in the last minute broke the 19-19 deadlock.
After halftime the teams traded baskets to make the score 27-27 with under a minute to go in the third quarter. When Chloe Largent was fouled in the act of shooting with four seconds on the clock, she made one of two charity tosses. On the miss of her second free throw, Largent got the rebound and scored at the buzzer to give the Chargers a 30-27 lead. It was a lead they would not surrender.
The final quarter belonged to the Chargers, and to O'Brien in particular. The Charger senior made three field goals and two free throws to account for eight of the ten Charger points scored, while Jadeyn Carrick netted the other two. On the defensive end, the home team held Audubon to
one field goal in nine attempts for the quarter.
"I couldn't be prouder of the way the kids played. I was very happy with the effort," Charger mentor Dan Baker commented after the game. "Everyone did what they are capable of."
Two Chargers hit double figures last night, with O'Brien scoring a game high 14 points and Kylie Young netting 10. Largent led in rebounds with 8, while Jorja Hoover contributed 4 assists. Free throw shooting was a positive for the locals, as the team made 14 of 18 for 77%. From the field the Chargers were 13 of 34 for 38%.
Next up is a Hall of Pride scrimmage at Atlantic on Tuesday, November 27. Game time is set for 6:30.
Score by Quarters
Aud 9 10 8 4--31
ACGC 6 14 10 10-40
FG 3PT FT O-D AST STL BLK TP
Fuller 0-1 0-0 0-0 1-0 0 2 0 0
Largent 2-4 0-0 1-2 1-7 1 2 2 5
JHoover 0-1 0-0 0-0 0-1 4 2 0 0
Lemke 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0
O'Brien 6-14 0-4 2-2 2-2 0 2 0 14
KyY'ng 2-7 0-2 6-9 0-4 0 2 0 10
Carrick 1-6 0-0 4-4 2-3 2 1 0 6
Larsen 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0
Sargent 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 1 0 0 0
GHoover 0-6 0-3 0-0 0-1 1 2 0 0
KeY'ng 2-3 0-1 1-1 0-2 0 3 1 5