For a team coming off a two-win season a year ago, the AC/GC Chargers have the feel of a completely different organism.
The girls’ basketball team has already tripled its win total from last winter, cruising to a monumental 6-6 record 12 games in.
The Chargers are one of the surprise teams in the West Central Activities Conference, at one point boasting a 6-4 overall record before a recent two-game losing streak.
The Chargers are a sparkling 4-4 in league play after snagging just two conference victories in 16 tries last winter.
AC/GC fell just short of their fifth conference win Jan. 4 at home, a gut-wrenching 32-30 loss to Woodward-Granger.
Scoring was at a premium in Guthrie Center even though the Chargers hung with the Hawks for most of the night. AC/GC led by one at the break, then trailed by a point through three quarters before ultimately getting outscored, 10-9 in the final period.
While the offensive production was spread evenly across the AC/GC roster, the Chargers couldn’t find the big bucket when it mattered most. The Guthrie Center squad shot just 10-of-35 from the field (29 percent) including a mere one-of-11 from three-point Guthrie Center.
The Chargers mustered much better offensively, trailing by seven at the break (29-22). AC/GC stayed with the Spartans over the final two periods, scoring 19 points in the third quarter alone, but could never close the gap any further.
Freshman Chloe Largent led the way with a double-double, securing 13 points and 11 rebounds to go with a trio of blocks.
KylieYoung chipped in 11 points and three rebounds while senior Genevieve Hoover tallied nine points aided by six rebounds.
As a team, the Chargers shot 20-of-56 from the field but only four-of-15 from three-point range.
AC/GC has compiled six wins without featuring a double-digit scorer. Carrick comes in as the top point-grabber at 9.7 points per game, knocking down 47.7 percent of her shots.
As a team, AC/GC is shooting 37.7 percent from the field, up from a crippling 28.6 percent a year ago. Kennedy Young leads the team in rebounding at 6.1 boards per game.
The Chargers were in action Tuesday against Madrid. Results were not available at press time.
They’ll stay on the road Friday in Pleasantville before returning home to face Ogden Tuesday, Jan. 15.