Charger Girls Fall to West Central Valley, 43-40
Some may consider it an upset, while others may see it as a predictable outcome. The Chargers won the first contest with WCV, but had lost two of three, and three out of five of its most recent games. Regardless, the ACGC girls' basketball team lost a 43-40 decision to the West Central Valley Wildcats on Tuesday.
The contest was close throughout, as the quarter scores indicate. WCV led after the first quarter by a single point at 10-9. ACGC took the lead at the half, also by a single point, at 18-17. After three quarters the Wildcats were on top, 28-26. The largest lead belonged to WCV at 39-31 with just under five minutes remaining in the game.
The Chargers rallied to close the deficit to two points at 39-37 when Mercedez Richter netted her third three pointer of the game with just over two minutes remaining. But that was as close as ACGC could get versus the pesky Wildcats.
A key to the WCV win was a strong second half performance by Wildcat guard Madelyn Jaeger who scored twenty second half points after being held to one first half point. Other than Jaegar Isabella Munoz was the only other Wildcat in double figures with eleven points.
WCV coach Dan Druvengay gave his team credit for their fourth quarter performance. "I thought our poise in the fourth quarter was a key to the win. We were able to handle ACGC's pressure going down the home stretch."
Charger mentor Brad Baudler offered this following the loss: "We need to bring a level of intensity that matches or goes beyond that of our opponents."
Saige O'Brien set a personal best with a twenty on point performance for ACGC that included four treys. That point total is more than the rest of the Chargers' team. Richter had eight points and Alaina Bunde came up with seven.
The loss drops the Charger overall record to 10-9 for the season and to 7-6 in WCAC play. WCV improves to 8-10 overall and to 4-9 in the conference.
Other statistics will be added when made available.
Score by quarter:
ACGC 9 9 8 14--40
WCV 10 7 11 15--43