• Keith Hjelle

Chargers Win District Opener Over WCV, 74-37

It seems only appropriate that seniors would be the leading scorers in the final home game of their high school careers. And so it was last night for Charger seniors Lucas Marsh and Eli Kading, as the duo scored twenty two and seventeen points respectively in a 74-37 first round district win over West Central Valley last night. The twosome each nailed three treys en route to their point totals in a game that went as expected.

After the Wildcats took an early 4-2 lead, the Chargers outscored the visitors 15-2 for the remainder of the first frame to take a 17-6 lead. By halftime ACGC was up by a 32-16 margin.

A huge third quarter in which the Chargers scored twenty seven points increased the lead to 59-23. The home team converted on ten of fourteen field goal attempts that included six three pointers. Three Chargers--Eli and Miles Kading, and Ben Marsh--each scored two trios in the second most productive quarter of the season for the Chargers.

"We shot the ball really well tonight," Charger mentor Lance Kading commented following the win. "I felt like we moved the ball really well and found the open man whether on the fast break or in our half court offense. We came up with twenty two assists on our twenty eight made field goals.

"We got some productive minutes from our bench which is encouraging," Kading went on to say. "It's nice to know you have some depth, especially this time of year when it is win or go home."

Game statistics back up Kading's comments on shooting, as the Chargers shot 49% from the field on 28 makes out of 57 attempts. That included 13 three pointers, a season high, out of 29 tries. ACGC was 5 of 6 from the charity stripe.

In addition to the 22 and 17 points scored by Lucas and Eli, Ben Marsh also hit double figures with 10 points. Lucas and Miles both led the team in rebounds with 6, while Eli was tops in assists with 5. Charlie Crawford and Miles each came up with 3 steals.

Up next for the Chargers is a district quarterfinal game at Panorama this Thursday. This will be the third meeting between the rivals, with each team having won on their home court. Game time is scheduled for 7 PM. Go Chargers!

Score by quarter:

WCV 6 10 6 15--37

ACGC 17 15 27 15--74

Individual Charger statistics: (TP-REB-ASTS-STLS) EKading (17-3-5-2) BMarsh (10-1-3-0) Crawford (8-5-1-3) LMarsh (22-6-2-2) MKading (6-6-3-3) Wardyn (3-2-2-0) Rogers (2-2-3-2)

Littler (0-4-2-1) Kunkle (0-0-1-0) Hanson (0-2-0-0) Richter (0-1-0-0) Weinkoetz (6-2-0-0)

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