• Keith Hjelle

Charger BB Teams Sweep Ogden

The ACGC basketball teams both won their ninth games of the season last Tuesday with victories over the Ogden Bulldogs in games played at the ACGC junior high gymnasium. The Charger girls won in a 66-21 rout, while the boys claimed a 52-43 win to allow the home teams to sweep the Bulldogs in this season's two game series. The girls' record now stands at 9-4 while the boys are 9-3.

The Charger girls' pressing defense helped them to race out to a 20-3 lead after the first quarter over the winless Bulldogs. From there on it was just a matter of what the final score would be.

Thirty eight turnovers by the visitors played into the hands of the Chargers and resulted in many ACGC scores throughout the game. If things weren't going badly enough for Ogden, the Bulldogs failed to score in the final quarter.

EmmaKay McClain led the Chargers in scoring with 18 points, while Alaina Bunde and Kylie Young also scored in double figures with 14 and 11 points respectively. Bunde recorded a double double, as the sophomore came up with 11 rebounds, eight of which were off the offensive glass.

Taylor Carlson and McClain each dished out 3 assists and McClain claimed her own double double as she had 10 steals to go along with her 18 points.

The Chargers shot well inside the three point line, hitting on 24 of 41 two point tries, but were successful on only 2 of 19 three point attempts for an overall percentage of 43%. They connected on 12 of 19 free throws for 63%.

Charger coach Brad Baudler's analysis of the game reflected how the game went. "We were pretty solid on defense, as we got twenty five steals and held them to single digit quarters. Offensively, it was an up and down night. We went on multiple runs and shot forty three percent, but did not shoot the ball that well from outside. We are glad to get another win and on to the next."

The boys' game started out in similar fashion to the girls' game, with the Chargers claiming a 20-7 lead after the first stanza, and maintained a ten to fifteen point lead throughout. ACGC led at the quarter breaks 20-7, 32-18, and 47-32.

Through the first three quarter the Chargers shot just over 50% from the field and had a comfortable fifteen point lead heading into the final frame. But the basket seemed to get smaller for ACGC in the last quarter, as the team went six minutes without a score.

While the Chargers went cold, the Bulldogs started a comeback, closing their deficit to six points at 47-41. The Chargers went over six minutes without scoring before Lucas Marsh converted on a free throw with under two minutes to play. Fortunately for ACGC, Ogden had its own cold spell, scoring just a single free throw over the last 3:30 of the game. The Chargers converted on four free throws to hold the visitors at bay and claim their ninth win of the season.

Charger mentor Lance Kading had to do make some adjustments early to deal with an Ogden "junk" defense. "They came out in a box and one on Eli, so we set up a one four low with Eli on top and just outnumbered their bottom zone defenders. As a result we had a number of guys score easy buckets in the paint.

"In the second half we didn't get the ball inside as much, and also had twelve second half turnovers which allowed Ogden to stay in the game. Our defense wasn't perfect, but any time we can hold an opponent to forty three points, I like our chances of winning."

Lucas Marsh was the lone Charger to score in double figures with 11 points. His 13 rebounds enabled him to score a double double on the night. Miles Kading led the team in assists with 4 and in steals with 5.

As a team the Chargers were successful on 20 of 46 shot attempts for 44% that included 3 makes out of 17 three point attempts. They were 9 of 19 from the charity stripe for 47%. ACGC out rebounded Ogden by a 41-32 margin.

Girls' score by quarter:

Ogden 3 9 9 0--21

ACGC 20 17 14 15--66

Individual statistics: (TP-REB-ASSTS-STLS) TCarlson (1-2-3-0) Dorsey (2-1-0-2)

Young (11-2-2-3) McClain (18-2-3-10) Bunde (14-11-1-1) Van Meter (0-1-0-0) KCarlson (0-0-0-0)

Carney (0-1-0-1) Coffman (0-0-0-0) Schreck (0-0-0-0) O'Brien (9-2-0-3) Richter (9-4-2-5) Byars (2-1-0-0)

Boys' score by quarter:

Ogden 7 11 14 11--43

ACGC 20 12 15 5--52

Individual statistics: EKading (3-8-0-0) BMarsh (7-6-2-0) Crawford (8-1-3-0) LMarsh (11-13-0-1) MKading (9-9-4-5) Wardyn (9-0-0-0) Rogers (2-1-0-0) Littler (3-0-0-2)

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