- Keith Hjelle
Charger Girls Top Atlantic, 43-35, in Hall of Pride Exhibition Game
It was a tale of two halves. One was brilliant, the other --not so much. Last night the ACGC girls' basketball team traveled to Atlantic to face the Trojans in a Hall of Pride exhibition game, and came away with a 43-35 win. Since it was an exhibition game (officially called a scrimmage), it does not count in the season record for the teams.
The first half was absolutely outstanding by the local girls, as they raced to a 33-17 lead. Shooting better than 50% from the field and holding the hosts to 25% made the Chargers look like world beaters. Coach Dan Baker probably would have been happy without the halftime break, as second half shooting dropped to 16% on three makes out of eighteen attempts and only ten total points in the half. The Chargers took better care of the ball in the first half as well, committing seven turnovers in the first sixteen minutes, but doubled that with fifteen miscues in the second half.
The Chargers produced only one filed goal in thirteen tries in the third stanza, as the Trojans narrowed the gap to 36-29. At the beginning of the fourth quarter Atlantic hit two field goals to make the score 36-33. Kennedy Young and Josie Sargent each scored for ACGC to increase the margin to 40-33. After a Trojan field goal at the five minute mark, the Chargers held Atlantic scoreless for the remainder of the game.
Two Chargers scored in double figures, with Chloe Largent netting 16 points and Kylie Young 11.
Largent also led in rebounding with 12, while Savana Fuller and Kennedy Young each snared 7 boards. An impressive stat is the fact that the Chargers gathered in 13 offensive rebounds.
The Chargers open conference play this Friday when they will host Madrid in a girls/boys doubleheader. The girls' game will begin at 6 PM.
Score by Quarters:
ACGC 18 15 3 7--43
Atlantic 11 6 12 6--35