• Keith Hjelle

ACGC Girls Win Big at Madrid; No One In Doubles

An oddity occurred in last night's ACGC girls' 57-14 victory at Madrid--no one scored in double figures! In every Charger game this year at last one person scored in double figures. But perhaps it isn't so unusual once one looks more closely.

Two factors contributed to the lack of anyone scoring ten or more points. First, ten Chargers entered the scoring column, meaning that the scoring was distributed among a lot of girls. Second, Madrid was not a very competitive team. As a result, Charger coach Brad Baudler was able to substitute early and often which gave many players a chance to score.

Saige O'Brien came off the bench to lead the team with 9 points, while starters Sophie Dorsey and EmmaKaye McClain each netted 8 points. Freshman reserve Reagen Carney had her best game with 7 points. And so it goes. No double figures, but lots of girls in the scoring column.

Equally as important as the distribution of scoring is the fact that the team is developing some depth. The team is now at least eight deep--the five starters and the first three off the bench. That much needed depth will be a big factor in determining how successful the Chargers will be during the second half of the regular season and into tournament play.

The Chargers led from start to finish in this one with little competition provided by the 2-10 Tigers. After building a ten point lead at 15-5 at the end of the first quarter, the Chargers put together a nineteen point second quarter to take a commanding 34-7 lead at the intermission.

Madrid managed just another seven points in the second half while ACGC added twenty three points to come up with the 57-14 final.

The Charger had a good night shooting as they connected on nearly 50% of their shot attempts--23 of 47. They made 3 of 11 three pointers and were 8 of 12 from the charity stripe for 67%.

Kylie Young led the Chargers in rebounds with 7 and along with O'Brien came up with 3 steals.

Taylor Carlson handed out 3 assists.

Baudler had plenty of praise for his team's performance. "We played great defense and only allowed single digit quarters. They only made four field goals for the whole game.

"On the offensive end, we were very balanced as no one was in double figures, and we shot really close to fifty percent. There was a lot of great offense on display. A good team win and we will keep on building."

The win improves the team's record to 7-4 overall and 6-2 in conference play. The Chargers will go on the road for Friday's game at Pleasantville and will return home on Saturday for JV/Varsity games with Grand View Christian scheduled for a 4 PM start. Go Chargers!

Score by quarter:

ACGC 15 19 13 10--57

Madrid 5 2 2 5--14

Individual statistics: (TP-REB-ASSTS-STLS) T Carlson (2-3-3-1) Dorsey (8-2-1-0) Young (5-7-2-3) McClain (8-3-1-2) Bunde (6-2-0-1) Van Meter (5-0-0-0) Carney (7-1-0-2) O'Brien (9-4-0-3) Richter (5-2-0-1) Byars (2-3-1-0) Buttler (0-3-0-0) Coffman (0-0-0-0) Schreck (0-0-0-0)

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