ACGC Girls' Basketball Falls at DMC, 46-41
For the twenty fourth consecutive game with Des Moines Christian, the ACGC girls lost to the Lions, but it was anybody's ball game until the final thirty seconds of play. The Chargers were down by one point at 40-39 heading into "crunch time."
The teams traded baskets in the final thirty seconds of play with DMC increasing its lead to 42-39 after Alaina Bunde's basket with :13.5 seconds to go. That was as close as the Chargers got, as DMC made six consecutive free throws down the stretch to seal the deal at 46-41. Reagan Carney scored as the horn sounded to complete the ACGC scoring.
This is one of those "wouda, couda, shouda" games, as the Chargers led virtually the entire game, taking the early lead at 4-2 in the first quarter. At quarter's end the Chargers led by 10-4. The second stanza was the best for ACGC, as it took a 23-13 lead into the locker room at the half. Saige O'Brien scored two triples and a free throw in the quarter to pace the scoring for ACGC, while Alaina Bunde netted four points and Sophie Dorsey had a deuce.
If there was a time when the momentum changed to favor DMC, it was in the third quarter when the hosts outscored ACGC,14-7. The Lions shot just 29% in the first half and turned that around in the second half, connecting on 12 of 16 shots for 75% accuracy. Six of those makes came in the third quarter. The Charger lead had dwindled to just three points at 30-27 at the quarter's end. Bunde and Reagan Carney did the all of the third quarter scoring with three and four points respectively.
With just over two minutes remaining in the game it was tied at 36 apiece. A DMC basket by Kaitlyn Mumm gave the Lions its first lead since early in the first quarter. It was a lead the Lions would not surrender as they made six consecutive free throws to ice the win.
The ACGC scoring was led by Carney and Bunde who had 10 and 11 points respectively. Mercedez Richter scored 8 and O'Brien had 7 points. Unofficial statistics show the Chargers shooting 42% for the game on 16 makes out of 38 attempts. They were 6 of 13 from the free throw line for 47%.
The Chargers are on extended road journey, as they play the next five games away from home, starting with a girls/boys doubleheader at Madrid this Friday. The Chargers' record now stands at 5-4, including a a 3-3 mark in conference play.
Coach Baudler's comments and individual statistics will be added when available.
Score by Quarter:
ACGC 10 13 7 11--41
DMC 4 9 14 19--46