• Keith Hjelle

ACGC Girls Win at W-G, 50-37; Set Record for Wins

Updated: Feb 13

The ACGC girls' basketball team closed out its regular season with a record breaking 50-37 win at Woodward-Granger last night. The girls' win is significant in that it establishes a new ACGC record for wins in a season at twelve. The previous record of eleven was set last year. The Chargers are now 12-9 as they head into tournament play next week.

The Chargers never trailed in this one, although it wasn't until late in the fourth quarter that they put the game away. The pesky Hawks stayed just close enough that there was no certainty of a Charger win until late in the game.

The visitors opened the scoring when Alaina Bunde converted on two free throws with a minute gone in the first quarter. Those free throws were the first of twenty six attempts at the line by the Chargers, and played a big part in the Charger win.

The team converted on twenty of those twenty six free tosses for 77%--a season high in the number of makes. Success at the free throw line has been a highlight for the Chargers this year, as the team ranks second in the WCAC in successful free throw percentage at 65.7%.

Quarter scores (11-7, 21-15, 35-28, and the final 50-37) indicate that the Chargers were in control throughout, but did not pull away until the final frame. With the Chargers leading 43-35 with three and a half minutes left in the game, the Hawks were forced to begin fouling. The Chargers responded by sinking seven of eight free throws going down the stretch and finished the game with their biggest lead of thirteen points.

Kylie Young was nine for eleven from the line, including six of seven in the third quarter. The Charger senior scored a career high 22 points in her final regular season game. As a footnote, Young has the second highest free throw percentage in the WCAC at 74.5% for those who have shot a minimum of twenty five charity tosses. Fellow senior EmmaKay McClain also scored in double figures for ACGC with 13 points.

Unofficially the Chargers were fourteen of thirty two from the filed for 44%. The made just two three pointers--one each by Saige O'Brien and Young.

Coach Brad Baudler's post game statement was a brief, "We will take the win."

Additional team and individual statistics will be added when made available.

And now, the post season appears on the horizon. The Chargers will travel to Rockwell City next Tuesday, February 16 to face the South Central Calhoun Titans on their home floor in a regional quarterfinal game. The Titans are a member of the Twin Lakes Conference and completed the regular season with a record of 13 wins and 8 losses. Go Chargers!

Score by quarter:

ACGC 11 10 14 15--50

W-G 7 8 13 9--37

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