ACGC Girls Lose to Ranked Ex-EHK, 51-30
A very effective full court press by the Exira-Elkhorm-Kimballton girls' basketball team forced ACGC girls into numerous turnovers Saturday afternoon, resulting in a 51-30 loss for the Chargers. The Spartans are the number three ranked team in class 1A, and they showed why in a game played on their home court.
The Chargers played with the Spartans through the first quarter, trailing by just three points at 14-11. Mersadez Richter had five points in the quarter including a three point goal. Alaina Bunde came up with four points. However, a second quarter that produced just a single free throw for ACGC sealed the deal for the home team, as its lead swelling to 28-12 at the break.
The Chargers' second half was a bit better, as they were outscored by 23-18. Fatigue may have contributed to the ACGC performance, as this game was the fourth game played in six days.
Richter led the Chargers with 13 points, with Reagan Carney also scoring in double figures with 10 points. Unofficial statistics indicate that neither team shot particularly well. While ACGC shot 25% from the field with 9 makes out of 36 tries, the Spartans weren't much better with 31% shooting that included 17 out of 55 successes.
"We played decent defense all night. Once we beat their press we were able to score against it," Charger mentor Brad Baudleer commented. "They are a good team and we just need to make baskets when we have goos looks."
The loss for ACGC leaves the team with an overall record of six wins and five losses which includes a conference record of four wins and three losses.
Score by quarter:
ACGC 11 1 9 9--30
Ex-EHK 12 14 14 10--51