# 1997 AHSME Problems/Problem 11

## Problem

In the sixth, seventh, eighth, and ninth basketball games of the season, a player scored $23$, $14$, $11$, and $20$ points, respectively. Her points-per-game average was higher after nine games than it was after the first five games. If her average after ten games was greater than $18$, what is the least number of points she could have scored in the tenth game? $\textbf{(A)}\ 26\qquad\textbf{(B)}\ 27\qquad\textbf{(C)}\ 28\qquad\textbf{(D)}\ 29\qquad\textbf{(E)}\ 30$

## Solution

The sum of the scores for games $6$ through $9$ is $68$. The average in these four games is $\frac{68}{4} = 17$.

The total points in all ten games is greater than $10\cdot 18 = 180$. Thus, it must be at least $181$.

There are at least $181 - 68 = 113$ points in the other six games: games $1-5$ and game $10$.

Games $1-5$ must have an average of less than $17$. Thus we cannot put more than $16 + 17 + 17 + 17 + 17 = 84$ points in those five games.

Thus, the tenth game must have at least $113 - 84 = 29$ points, and the answer is $\boxed{D}$.

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