• Keith Hjelle

Another Feline Feasts on Charger Foibles; CAM Crushes ACGC, 80-26

Last night was the eighth time that the Chargers faced a team with a mascot nickname coming from the cat family. For the fifth time in eight games the Charger girls were on the losing end to the felines, falling 80-26 to the CAM Cougars in a game played in Anita. It was the worst Charger defeat of the season.

After staying close at 14-10 through the first quarter, the bottom fell out for ACGC. CAM put twenty four points on the board in the second stanza to effectively put the game away. Meanwhile, the Chargers went for nearly six and a half minutes without scoring. With the score 16-13 in favor of CAM at the 7:11 mark, the Cougars went on a 22-0 run before the Chargers scored with forty seven seconds remaining before halftime. By halftime CAM had built its lead to 38-15.

Not only was ACGC shut out for most of the second quarter; it also went through a five minute drought in the third quarter, as the Cougars continued to build their lead to 54-20. A 26-6 fourth quarter Cougar advantage completed the carnage. ACGC connected on just four shots in the second half.

CAM shot well for the game, connecting on 29 of 54 attempts for 54%, including 8 of 17 treys. The Chargers contributed to the Cougar success by committing 33 turnovers which led to 39 Cougar points.

The loss comes just four days after the Chargers played what was one of its best games of the season when it defeated a solid Southwest Valley team, 71-65. And now a fifty four point loss. It boggles the mind. CAM is a good 1A team and is ranked sixth in its class with a 14-1 record, but in this observer's opinion would finish no better than fourth, perhaps fifth, in the WCAC. Enough said. Let's look at the Charger stats.

The Chargers shot 24% for the game, making 9 of 37 field goal attempts--1 of 9 from three point range. The charity stripe was no kinder to the Chargers, as they hit 7 of 16 attempts for 44%. ACGC had 69 possessions for the game, scoring on 13 of those for a 19% efficiency. In other words, the girls scored on 1 of every 5 possessions.

Sierra O'Brien led the ACGC scoring with 9 points, while Chloe Largent netted 7. Largent led the team in three categories--11 rebounds to go along with 3 assists and 3 steals. She also recorded 2 blocks. Genevieve Hoover also had 3 steals.

ACGC's overall record fell to 9-9 with the non-conference loss. The team will return to conference play on Monday when it will entertain Van Meter in a make up game. Girls' action begins at 6 PM. Go Chargers!

Score by quarter:

ACGC 10 5 5 6--26

CAM 14 24 16 26--80

Box score: REB


Fuller 1-3 0-0 0-0 2-1 1 0 2

Campbell 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0

Largent 1-5 0-1 0-0 3-8 3 3 7

Embleton 0-0 0-0 0-0 1-0 0 0 0

JHoover 0-1 0-0 0-0 0-0 2 0 0

O'Brien 4-7 1-3 0-0 1-1 1 0 9

KyYoung 0-5 0-0 1-2 0-2 0 2 1

Lemke 0-2 0-1 0-3 1-1 0 0 0

Carrick 0-1 0-1 0-1 0-1 1 1 0

Larsen 1-3 0-1 0-0 1-1 0 0 2

Bunde 0-1 0-0 0-0 0-1 0 0 0

GHoover 0-2 0-2 1-2 3-0 0 3 1

KeYoung 2-6 0-0 0-0 0-1 0 1 4

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