The ACGC basketball teams entered this week of competition with a pair of Guthrie County rivalry games. The Charger boys wasted no time in making sure they had at least one victory over a county rival. Senior Caden Wardyn and the rest of the Charger contingent claimed their most impressive win in program history last night with a 74-42 thumping of West Central Valley.
Wardyn got the scoring started in the opening seconds, taking the tip-off straight to the hoop for the first two points of the game. The Chargers opened up a 12-2 start and never looked back. Wardyn finished the night with 20 points, all scored in the first half. Post presence was also a significant factor in the win as Quynton Younker tallied 15 points and Collin Stowe put up 12 for the Chargers. All nine active varsity players scored at least two points and every starter has now scored at least one three-point basket this season. The previous highest score in program history was 56 points, and the previous margin of victory was eight points, against these same Wildcats last year in Stuart.
The girls team had a more intense fixture, however the Lady Wildcats came out on top, 54-50. Senior leading scorer Grace Dupuy fought through a right wrist injury to sink some clutch free-throws down the stretch. Sierra O’Brien led the scoring with a season high 14 points. Mady Smith scored 12 points, and Morgan Meacham ended the night with 11. Seven Lady Chargers found the bottom of the net, including Freshman Jorja Hoover.
The boys improve to 1-2 and the girls fall to 0-4 on the season. Both teams continue their homestand with a non-conference doubleheader tomorrow night against Glidden-Ralston.