ACGC Girls Upset at I-35, 37-32
Updated: Jan 30, 2022
A nip and tuck game throughout found the I-35 Roadrunner girls' basketball team outlasting the ACGC Chargers to claim an upset win at 37-32. The Chargers headed into the game with an overall record of ten wins and seven losses, while the Roadrunners had just two wins to their credit against ten losses.
Quarter scores indicate how close the game was, with the teams tied after the first frame at 10-10. Neither team could find the basket in the second quarter, with I-35 outscoring ACGC by 6-5 to claim a 16-15 halftime lead. Reagan Carney led the Chargers at halftime with five points which included a three pointer.
Halfway through the third quarter ACGC held a six point lead at 24 to 18, with Sophie Dorsey and Carney each scoring a field goal and Saige O'Brien hitting two free throws. The Chargers did not score again in the quarter, while I-35 scored ten consecutive points to take a 28-24 lead heading into the final frame.
A steal and a score by Mercedez Richter early in the fourth quarter got the Chargers within a single basket at 27-26. Richter again scored with 2:30 left in the game to knot the score at 30-30. Half a minute later the Roadrunners made a single free throw to take a lead they would hold until the game's conclusion.
The Roadrunners converted on seven of eleven free throws in the final two minutes, while the Chargers scored a single point during the same time span.
No Charger scored in double figures in the low scoring game, as Dorsey and Carney led the team with 7 points each. O'Brien and Richter came up with 6 and 5 points respectively.
"We played good defense but could not hit any shots," coach Brad Baudler commented. "We learned from this and understand that if the three's aren't falling, we have to drive or get inside."
The loss puts ACGC in a precarious position as far as finishing conference play with a first division finish. The Chargers are now in a fourth place tie with Earlham in the eleven team WCAC. ACGC has three regular season games remaining: an away game at West Central Valley, and home games with Pleasantville and Madrid. All three are winnable. Earlham's final three conference games are with I-35, Ogden, and Des Moines Christian. If the Chargers take care of business and sweep their final three games, they will finish alone in fourth place. If not, a first division finish is up for grabs.
Score by quarter:
ACGC 10 5 9 8--32
I-35 10 6 11 10--37