ACGC Girls Drop Season Opener to Nodaway Valley
The Nodaway Valley girls' basketball team looked in mid season form with its 75-40 win over ACGC last night in the season opener for both teams. The Wolverines played like they were on a mission to make a return trip to the state tournament where they lost in the class 2A semifinals last season.
The top two scorers for the Wolverines--Maddax Devault and Lindsey Davis--return from last year's team and they lived up to their expectations as Devault scored 23 points and Davis added 13. The Chargers were led by sophomore Hayden Coffman who tallied 10 points.
Sophie Dorsey opened the game's scoring when she hit a three pointer to give the Chargers a 3-0 lead. It was the only lead for the Chargers, as the visitors took a 5-3 lead with just under six minutes remaining in the first quarter. By quarter's end NV had increased its lead to eight points at 17-9.
The Wolverines put the game on ice when they tallied 26 second quarter points to take a 43-18 halftime lead. NV shot 56% from the field in the first half on 19 of 34 shooting and was perfect from the free throw line, going 7 for 7. The Chargers were limited to 35% from the field with 7 makes out of 20 attempts.
Nodaway increased its lead in the second half and held a 59-25 advantage through the third stanza. ACGC put together its best quarter in the final frame as it put 15 points on the score board.
While Coffman was the only Charger to score in double fingures, Dorsey added eight points, while Alaina Bunde and Mersadez Richter each tallied six. Richter led the team in rebounds with six boards.
As a team ACGC shot 33% from the field with 15 makes out of 46 tries and shot 31% from the charity strip on 5 of 16 shooting. The Wolverines shot 53% on field goals hitting on 30 of 56 attempts, and made 16 of 21 free throws.
"We can't turn the ball over like we did by playing timid," Charger coach Brad Baudler commented following the loss. "We have to make free throws and can't give up second chance points. We showed signs of growth and just have to keep working and stay together as a team."
The Chargers are idle over the Thanksgiving break and will return to action with the conference opener when they entertain Woodward-Granger in a girls/boys doubleheader on Friday, December 2.
Score by quarter:
NV 17 26 16 16--75
ACGC 9 9 7 15--40
Charger statistics: (TP-Reb-Asts-Stls) TCarlson (1-0-1-5) Dorsey (8-1-1-0) Carney (3-2-2 1) Bunde (6-4-1-4) Richter (6-6-1-1) EVan Meter (0-1-0-0) KCarlson (3-0-1-1) Lemke (3-3- 1-1) Coffman (10-0-1-2) Hoover (0-0-0-0) Schreck (0-0-0-0) Buttler (0-1-0-0) PVan Meter (0-1-0-0)