Chargers' Boys Outlast Earlham, 51-48
Updated: Jan 17
If the thrill of the ACGC girls' double overtime win over Earlham wasn't enough, how about a late break away layup by Miles Kading following a steal to hold off the Cardinals, 51-48. Once again, "It doesn't get any better that this."
Earlham took a first quarter lead at 16-11 and held the lead until the midpoint of the second quarter. Kading's three pointer put the Chargers in front at 21-18, only to see the Cardinals bounce back and go into the halftime break with a 30-27 lead. Kading had 11 points by the intermission and Brock Littler totaled seven first half points.
The Charger defense held the visitors six points in the the third quarter, while putting up 11 of their own points on the scoreboard to retake the lead at 38-36 through quarter number three. Earlham was successful on just 1 of 13 field goal attempts. Jedd Weinkoetz tallied five points to pace the Charger scoring in the quarter.
The ACGC lead increased to four points at 46-42 with three and a half minutes to go, but it didn't last long. A trifecta by Earlham's Kallin Nicholson narrowed the margin to just a single point at 46-45. After Weinkoetz scored to give the Chargers a three point lead, Kallin Nicholson's trey tied it up at 48. It was the last scoring by the Cardinals.
When Kading's free throw put ACGC up once again at 49-48, the Cardinals' Walker Hale missed a shot which set the stage for Kading's steal to clinch it.
Kading was the only Charger player to score in double figures with 23 points. It was the third time in the last four games that he has scored twenty of more points. Ben Marsh tallied 8 points, with Littler and Weinkoetz both scoring 7.
Weinkoetz led the team in rebounds with six, while Kading and Littler were both credited with four assists.
"The guys shot better tonight and took much better care of the ball," Charger coach Lance Kading said regarding the game. We committed only seven turnovers compared to Earlham's fourteen. That turnover margin won the game for us."
Score by quarter:
Earl 16 14 6 12--48
ACGC 11 16 11 13--51
ACGC statistics: (TP-RWB-ASTS-STLS) Solorzano(2-2-0-1) Kading(23-5-4-3) Littler(7-2-4-2) Chance(0-1-0-0) Weinkoetz(7-6-1-0) Marsh(8-3-1-1) Bunde(0-4-0-1) Jacobe (4-2-0-0)