- Keith Hjelle
Charger Girls Overwhelm Ogden, 67-13
The contest ended midway through the first quarter, but the game went on for the full four quarters. This seemingly contradictory statement has a logical explanation. Last night's ACGC girls' basketball game at Ogden saw the Chargers race to a 13-0 lead at the 4:10 mark
of the initial quarter over a hapless Bulldog team that provided little competition. By quarter's end the Charger lead had ballooned to 25-2 on a night that the Bulldogs would rather forget. By the time the hard to watch game had ended, ACGC had chalked up a 67-13 win.
A pesky 1-2-2 press used by the Chargers resulted in numerous turnovers by the Bulldogs throughout the game. According to Ogden's official statistics, the Bulldogs committed forty five miscues throughout the game, many of which led directly to Charger scores.
Five Chargers entered the scoring column in the first quarter, with Alaina Bunde and EmmaKay McClain leading the way with eight points each. ACGC put up another twenty three points in the second stanza to take a 48-13 lead going into the halftime break.
If the first half was a downer for the Bulldogs, the second half had to be downright depressing. They failed to score! The thirteen point total on the scoreboard at halftime never changed for Ogden. The scorekeeper had to press only one button for the entire half. The second half was played with a running clock due to the thirty five point rule.
The Chargers put fifteen points on the board in the third quarter to increase its lead to 63-13. The final quarter saw ACGC add only four points to its total, as Charger coach Brad Baudler cleared the bench through much of the second half.
Four Chargers scored in double figures, with Bunde leading the way with 15. McClain and Kylie Young each netted a 12, and Taylor Carlson came up with 10. No one grabbed more than 3 rebounds, with numerous players getting a trio. McClain handed out 3 assists and led the team with 8 steals.
ACGC made 27 of 71 shots from the field for 38% (including 43% on two point attempts)and 17 of 23 charity tosses for 74%. The team limited its number of turnovers to 15 on the night.
Baudler had plenty of praise for his team's performance. "We played a complete game tonight," he said following the win. Our defense was excellent. They didn't score in the second half and we had twenty eight steals for the game. We were unselfish and shot the ball well. The girls are all one team with great chemistry and it is starting to show."
The team now begins a five game rod trip that extends to the holiday break. The road journey begins with a trip to Earlham on Tuesday.
Score by quarter:
ACGC 25 23 15 4--67
Ogden 2 11 0 0--13
Individual stats: TP-REB-ASTS-STLS) TCarlson (10-3-0-0); Dorsey (3-3-2-1); Young (12-2-0-3); McClain (12-1-4-8); Bunde (15-3-0-9); Van Meter (0-1-1-2); KCarlson(2-1-0-0); Carney (1-2-1-0);
Coffman (0-0-1-2); Schreck (0-0-0-0); O'Brien (8-2-1-2); Richter (4-3-1-0); Byars (0-1-0-0); Buttler (0-2-0-1)