The Charger women’s basketball team led wire to wire against the Dordt Defenders Wednesday night in the opening game of the GPAC Postseason Tournament to pick up a 67-54 win and earn a spot in Saturday’s semifinal round. Josie Condon posted a career-best 16 points to lead the Chargers.
Both teams found it difficult to score in the first quarter with a combined 16 points on the scoreboard after the first 10 minutes. The Charger defense held the Defenders to six points on 15.4% shooting from the field and led 10-6 after one period.
The Charger offense found its stride in the second quarter of the night, pouring in 17 points and extended their lead by 10 heading into intermission. Payton Slaughter scored 10 of her 11 points in the second quarter.
After the halftime break, Josie Condon erupted for her 16 points while shooting an efficient 57 percent from the field and 66 percent from beyond the arc. She was also perfect from the free throw line, knocking down all four of her attempts from the stripe.
“Josie came out and hit some shots we knew she was capable of all year and really helped us pull away,” said head coach Brita Hand.
Dordt tried to put together a rally in the fourth quarter. A three-point shot by Baylee Tetzlaff and a pair of free throws from Ashtyn Veerbeek brought the game to within six with less than eight minutes to play and Siennah Stamness hit a three put the Defenders within four with four minutes left in regulation.
Dordt went cold in the final three minutes of the contest, however. Tetzlaff scored the Defenders’ final two points with 2:48 to play, making it a five-point game, but the Chargers locked down on defense and extended their lead to 13 for the win.
“Our defense and rebounding was the difference tonight,” added Hand. “All around we came ready to go and battled from start to finish.”
The Chargers outrebounded the Defenders 44-38. The Cliff held Dordt to 31.6% shooting from the field and forcing 19 turnovers. As a team, BC was 38.2 percent from the field.
Dordt’s Ashtyn Veerbeek posted a double-double with a game high 17 points and 15 rebounds.
Just behind Condon in scoring were Sudmann and Slaughter with 11 points each. Madelyn Deitchler had 10 boards for her sixth double-digit rebounding night of the season.
The Chargers improve to 17-9. They take on Morningside Saturday in a semifinal contest. Tipoff at Allee Gym is set for 3 p.m