• Keith Hjelle

After Chaotic First Half, Chargers Prevail Over WCV

Updated: Dec 23, 2020

The ancient Greeks had a god for just about everything, including disorder. One of the deities in their pantheon was Chaos, a goddess who was considered to be the empty, unfathomable space at the beginning of time.

With the development of philosophy, Chaos became more of a concept than a deity, and was described as "a shapeless heap--a rude and undeveloped mass."

As this observer watched the ACGC vs. West Central girls' basketball game last Monday, chaos is what came to mind. Numerous turnovers, inconsistent shooting by both teams, unnecessary fouls--in short it was chaotic, helter skelter basketball. Both teams (unofficially) shot 29% from the floor, 50% from the charity stripe, and made one three point basket between them. The chaos resulted in a Charger lead of 18-15 at the intermission. It was "a rude and undeveloped mass."

Zeus, the top god in the pantheon, may have intervened on behalf of the Chargers in the second half and got Chaos under control. (Or, more likely, it could have been coach Baudler's inspirational halftime talk.) The visitors shot just over 50% in the final two quarters, took better care of the basketball, and put up thirty four second half points to return home with a 52-31 win. The Wildcats weren't as fortunate, as their second half was a repeat of the first with just sixteen points scored on 24% shooting.

"In the first half we had way too may turnovers and didn't get into our offense like I wanted," Charger coach Brad Baudler said following the game. "In the second half we were more aggressive and reversed the ball which made it easier to score. Our bench played well at both ends of the floor, and we played pretty good defense, as their their leading scorer (Madelyn Jaeger) had just twelve points, instead of her usual twenty four." Jaeger went into the game leading the WCAC in scoring average.

After scoring two points in the first half, Charger veteran Kylie Young came up with 13 second half points to lead the ACGC scoring with 15. Also hitting double digits was freshman Mercedez

Richter who tallied 13 points. Unofficially the Chargers made 18 of 45 shots attempted for 40%. They were 12 of 22 from the free throw line for 55%.

Score by quarter:

ACGC 8 10 20 14--52

WCV 6 9 9 7--31

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