- Keith Hjelle
Treys Propel Charger Girls to Win Over GVC
The ACGC girls' basketball team stepped out of the WCAC to entertain Grand View Christian last night and turned in the best three point shooting performance in school history which led the Chargers to a 59-30 win over the Thunder.
The Chargers shot a better percentage from beyond the arc than from inside, as they connected on 11 of 25 treys for a 44% clip. The team went 12 of 34 on two point tries for 35%. The eleven three pointers sets a new school record for the Chargers, eclipsing the former record of nine set in last year's regional tournament game versus Panorama.
Saige O'Brien was particularly effective from long range, as the sophomore connected on four of seven three point attempts. Other individuals contributing to the record were Kylie Young who connected on three three treys, and EmmaKay McClain and Taylor Carlson who made two each.
The home team gradually pulled away from the visitors in this one, leading at the quarter breaks by 13-10, 32-21, and 41-23. The fourth quarter was especially productive for ACGC from three point range, as the team was successful on five three pointers that accounted for fifteen of its eighteen points in the final frame.
Both teams went through scoring droughts to open the third quarter, going nearly five minutes without a score. Young's short range shot ended the dry spell, and the Chargers won the low scoring quarter 9-2.
The Charger defense was also up to the task last night, holding the Thunder to 26% shooting on 11 makes out of 42 tries and giving up just nine second half points. ACGC also took care of the basketball, committing a season low eight turnovers for the game.
Three Chargers scored in double figures, led by Young's 15 points. O'Brien had twelve points and McClain accounted for 11. Alaina Bunde grabbed eight rebounds, and along with Young and Sophie Dorsey handed out 3 assists. Bunde and McClain each came up with 3 steals.
It was obvious that Charger coach Brad Baudler was pleased with his team's performance when he said, "That was a really great senior night. Our seniors came out with ton of energy and fueled us. In the first half there was a lot of back and forth, but we built a lead. The second half showed our conditioning and our attention to detail. Our assists were up and we moved the ball very well. This was another step forward."
The win improves the Charger record to 8-4 overall including a 7-2 mark in conference play. The team will have a busy week coming up, with home tilts on Tuesday and Friday with Ogden and Panorama respectively. Sandwiched in between those games is a road game at CAM of Anita on Thursday.
Score by quarter:
GVC 10 11 2 7--30
ACGC 13 19 9 18--59
Individual statistics: (TP-REB-ASTS-STLS) TCarlson (8-2-0-1) Dorsey (2-4-3-0) Young (15-3-3-2) MClain (11-7-2-3) Bunde (7-8-3-3) Van Meter (0-0-0-0) Carney (2-0-1-2) Coffman (0-0-0-0) O'Brien (12-1-3-0) Richter (2-2-0-0)