• Keith Hjelle

Big Fourth Quarter for ACGC Girls' in Win at Earlham

Updated: Dec 17, 2020

With a trio scoring in double figures, the ACGC girls' basketball team recorded a convincing 53-29 win over Earlham on Tuesday on the Cardinal home court. The Chargers never trailed in this one, maintaining a ten point lead through much of the contest before pulling away to score twenty one points in the fourth quarter. With the boys' game cancelled due to covid 19 issues within the Earlham team, the night belonged exclusively to the girls. The win improves the team's record to 3-1, all within the WCAC.

Seniors EmmaKay McClain and Kylie Young, along with junior Alaina Bunde all hit doubles with 17, 16, and 12 points respectively. McClain also led the Chargers in rebounds with 8 and in steals with 5, while Sophie Dorsey dished out 4 assists.

The Chargers had the hot hand in the opening frame, hitting on seven of ten shots to take a 14-4 lead. The aforementioned trio scored all of the Charger points in the quarter: six for McClain and four each for Young and Bunde.

That ten point lead stayed about the same through quarters two and three, with ACGC leading 23-12 at the intermission and 32-22 after the third stanza.

The Chargers' erupted offensively in the final quarter, hitting on their first four shots, and going eight for ten from the floor for the quarter. At the same time, the Cardinals managed just seven points in the quarter, making just two out of twelve field goal tries.

Charger coach Brad Baudler was impressed by his team's defense. "Our defense was outstanding, holding them under thirty points, with none of their players in double figures. We held one of their best players to only two points.

"On offense we shot the ball pretty well at forty two percent," Baudler continued. "We had a good balance of transition and half court offense and I liked the way we attacked the basket. It was a solid win and a huge boost for our team. Excited for the next one."

Score by quarter:

ACGC 14 9 9 21--53

Earlham 4 8 10 7--29

Charger statistics: (TP-REB-ASTS-STLS) TCarlson (6-4-1-1-); Dorsey (2-2-4-4); Young (16-6-1-2);

McClain (17-8-2-5); Bunde (12-6-0-2); Van Meter (0-0-0-0); Carney (0-1-0-1); O'Brien (0-1-1-2); Richter (0-0-0-0)

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