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Charger Girls Shut Out I35 in First Quarter En Route to Win

The ACGC girls' basketball team overwhelmed an outmanned (outwomaned?) Interstate 35 team last night, 49-20, in a game played in Guthrie Center. There was never any doubt as to the outcome, as the Chargers raced to a 10-0 lead after one quarter and never looked back. The Roadrunners did not score until midway through the second stanza after the hosts had built a 16-0 lead.

A variety changing defenses frustrated the Roadrunners, as the Chargers increased the lead to 25-7 by halftime. Leading game scorer Alaina Bunde scored 8 of her 10 points by halftime.

The hapless Roadrunners continued to struggle after the intermission, coming up with just two points in the third quarter while the Chargers put up fourteen points and increased their lead to 39-9. Charger coach Brad Baudler cleared the bench if the final frame which gave I35 an opportunity to put some points on the board. The visitors outscored the Chargers 11-10 in the final eight minutes.

Along with Bunde, Mercedez Richter scored in double figures with 10 points. Bunde also led the team in rebounds with 8. EmmaKay McClain dished out 5 assists and Kylie Young came up with four steals.

As a team ACGC shot 38% from the floor, connection on 19 of 50 shots. That includes 6 makes out of 21 three point tries. The team made 5 of 11 free throws.

"We played really solid defense where their leading scorer had just four points, " Charger coach Brad Baudler commented after the game. "The girls did a good job of switching in and out of defenses and talking to each other. We shot the ball all right, but we could shoot a lot better. I thought passing was excellent with a lot fewer turnovers. We are moving in the right direction."

The victory improved the team's record to 5-3 which includes a 5-2 mark in the WCAC. Friday the Chargers will host Woodward-Granger and Saturday Ex-EHK will come to town for an afternoon game at 3 PM.

Score by Quarter:

I-35 0 7 2 11--20

ACGC 10 15 14 10--49

Individual statistics: (TP-REB-ASTS-STLS) Carlson (6-1-1-1) Dorsey (3-3-3-2) Young (4-5-0-4) McClain (6-0-5-2) Bunde (10-8-0-2) Van Meter (0-0-1-0) Carney (1-3-2-0) Coffman (9-1-0-0)

Schreck ((0-1-0-0) O'Brien (6-2-0-2) Richter (10-2-0-2) Byars (3-0-0-0) Butler (0-0-0-0)

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