Jillian Harmon moves to Napoli

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Jillian Harmon is returning to Europe for her eighth season playing in the highly regarded Italian League.

However the 30-year-old Tall Ferns forward is not returning to defending champions Le Mura Lucca instead opting to join Napoli.

Harmon was the third best scorer in the Italian League last season averaging 17.2 points per game. She also corralled 6.7 rebounds per game for Lucca but like a number of the championship winning squad she has decided to move on.

Napoli finished in sixth place in the League last season but with the acquisition of Harmon and Cameroon international Monique Ngo Ndjock will be expecting to make a top four showing in the 2017-18 campaign.

Other than the 2014-15 season Harmon has spent all of her professional career playing in Italy since graduating from Stanford University in 2009.

She won a WNBL championship in that 2014-15 season playing for Townsville Fire alongside Tall Fern teammate Micaela Cocks. She made it a championship double by guiding Otago Goldrush to the WBC title later in 2015.

Harmon debuted for the Tall Ferns in 2008 and appeared at the Beijing Olympics in the same year. She was recently involved in the Tall Ferns FIBA Asia Cup campaign in India where she finished the tournament in fourth spot for scoring (averaging 14.0ppg) and second in rebounding (9.3rpg).

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31 points from Abercrombie but Wisconsin defeat Breakers Select

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The New Zealand Breakers Select, after leading with six minutes to play, were defeated 85-75 by Wisconsin University Badgers at Atlas Place on Tuesday.

Kirk Penney, the tenth leading scorer in Wisconsin history and a member of the UW Athletics Hall of Fame, didn’t suit up for the game but received a warm round of applause from the travelling Wisconsin supporters when he entered the gym.

The Breakers featured just two contracted players Mika Vukona and Tom Abercrombie.

The pair boast a collective 568 appearances for the club and used that experience to good effect in the opening exchanges. Abercrombie converted an And-1 play on the opening possession and Vukona scored inside.

Abercrombie proceeded to dominate the back end of the quarter scoring with a dunk, another And-1 play and a brace of threes on four consecutive possessions as the hosts carved out a 24-15 quarter time lead.

D’Mitrik Trice, brother of Brisbane Bullets point guard Travis Trice, got things moving for the Badgers with a couple of triples as they wrestled the lead away from the Breakers. Despite a couple of jumpers from Academy player Kruz Perrott-Hunt the Badgers led 44-42 at half-time.

Super City Rangers forward Hyrum Harris impressed in the third stanza for the Breakers notching eight points in the period with a succession of left handed moves. Cantabrian point guard Taylor Britt scored with a slashing drive to tie the game up at 57 points apiece at three-quarter time.

Things looked promising for the hosts during the opening exchanges of the final quarter. Britt, with his jump shot in rhythm, made four baskets in four minutes and with Harris and Dan Fotu chiming in with scores the Breakers led 69-63 with 5:50 to play.

The Badgers, led by sophomore guard Brevin Pritzl (28 points including 7 from 9 from 3-point range) responded with a 14-0 run to take the game away from the Breakers.

Tom Abercrombie connected with his fifth triple of the night to narrow the advantage to 81-74 with 2:10 to play but it was the Badgers that had the final say in front of a substantial number of travelling fans.

Wisconsin’s five game tour resumes on Thursday when the Badgers play in Tauranga in their second game against Breakers Select before heading to Australia for games against Sydney Kings and Melbourne Tigers.

Breakers Select 75 – Abercrombie 31, Britt 17, Harris 13, Vukona 4, Fotu 4, Perrott-Hunt 4, Barrow 2

Wisconsin 85 – Pritzl 28, Happ 17, Davison 13

Northcote and Liston into Senior A semi’s and Westlake thump St Kent’s

 

Northcote_n.jpgNorthcote College, thanks to a 97-86 home win against Massey High School on Monday night, have booked themselves a semi-final berth in the Auckland Secondary Schools Senior A play-offs.

Their semi-final opponents on Friday night will be St Peter’s College.

Captain Sam Hadley made seven points as Northcote made a brisk 16-4 start in front of another good crowd, the lead still a useful 25-18 at quarter time.

The second quarter began with a series of untidy turnovers from both sides but Miggy Falqueza ensured the hosts still held the advantage at half time leading 50-39.

Ropene Kurukaanga stimulated a 12-5 burst from Northcote at the outset of the third – the lead a comfortable 76-56 at three-quarter time.

Massey did cut into the lead in the fourth but with Oliver Hayward (21 points) and Hadley (20 points) bossing proceedings a Northcote victory was never in doubt.

In the other catch up game on Monday Liston College proved too strong for Pakuranga College winning a close one 94-89. Liston will therefore take on Avondale College in the other semi-final on Friday at NSEC.

Boys Senior A standings at end of the regular season.

 13-1 St Peter’s

10-4 Avondale

8-6 Pakuranga

7-7 Northcote

7-7 Pakuranga

4-10 Western Springs

4-10 Massey

3-11 Manurewa

* Northcote claim fourth spot boasting the head to head advantage over Pakuranga but it couldn’t have been much closer with just one basket separating the two teams. Pakuranga won the first game by 30 points (102-72) but the tables were turned in the second match up with Northcote prevailing by 32 points (113-81)

In the final regular season game of the Premier competition Westlake Boys thumped St Kentigern College 90-50.

The result had no bearing on the final placing’s of the comp with Westlake consigned to third spot despite having the same 11-3 record as rivals Auckland Grammar and Rosmini College – they will meet Rosmini in the semi-final on Friday at North Shore Events Centre.

St Kentigern was assured of Prem status in 2018 after beating Macleans College last Friday. Only Max Shorter and Kyle Robb managed double figures for the hosts in this one – in contrast Westlake, led by a 28 points haul from James Moors, had five players with ten points or more.

St Kentigern 50 – Shorter 19, Chan 13, Watson 9

Westlake 90 – Moors 28, Malingin 13, Martin 12, L Mennenga 12,Winter 10

Boys Premier Grade Standings at end of regular season

11-3 Auckland Grammar

11-3 Rosmini

11-3 Westlake

9-5 Rangitoto

6-8 Mt Albert

4-10 St Kentigern

3-11 Macleans

1-13 Kelston

 

* Rosmini and Auckland Grammar hold better head to head records against Westlake – Grammar also have the head to head advantage over Rosmini.

Cal Berkeley and NZ Premiers thrill large crowd

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The University of California, Berkeley Golden Bears and New Zealand Premiers put on a cracking exhibition of women’s basketball at North Shore Events Centre on Sunday.

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Auckland Girls Grammar win Minor Premiership

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As expected the top of the table clash between Auckland Girls Grammar and Mt Albert Grammar was a close uncompromising affair eventually won 60-52 by the defending champions Auckland.

Mt Albert made a sluggish start only managing six points in the opening stanza – Teneva Ropati exceeded that on her own for Auckland as they carved out a 14-6 lead.

A couple of threes from Jada Manase triggered a good run in the second from Mt Albert with the scores locked at 25 apiece at half-time.

Forward Mele Latu scored 8 points in the third as Auckland once again wrestled some semblance of control to lead 40-36.

Sharne Pupuke-Robati, earning herself multiple trips to the foul line, kept Mt Albert in touch but Latu and Teneva Ropati kept finding the hoop to earn Auckland the regular season title.

Pupuke-Robati will head to North Shore Events Centre on Sunday to join the NZ Premier team against University of California, Berkley whilst the rest of the players can prepare for semi-final action next Friday.

 MAGS 52 – Manase 14, Pupuke-Robati 12, Joseph 8, Rangi-Brown 7

AGGS 60 – T Ropati 21, Papa 13, Latu 11, Skelton-Roberts 6, Hettig 6

Rangitoto College made a useful start against local rivals Westlake Girls before giving up two easy baskets in the last 15 seconds of the first quarter to trail 28-19 at quarter time.

It was 31-25 at the mid point of second stanza in favour of the hosts before Emme Shearer went back to back with a put back and a triple to add five points to the lead.

Mania Spooner replied for Rangitoto but a neat jump shot from Keeley Tini helped Westlake to a 44-27 half-time advantage.

Tini and Shearer shared 30 points for the hosts at the half – Mania Spooner had 8 points for Rangitoto.

Sophie Dil scored a couple of inside baskets for Lake as the lead stretched to twenty points.

A corner three from Ella Moore reduced the deficit but it was still 52-36 in favour of Westlake.

Bella Elgar and Shearer went one-on-one for five possessions – the Westlake guard winning that exchange 3-2

Moore landed a second triple but eight straight points from Jordyn Maddix kept Lake in control at three-quarter time with a 74-48 lead.

Threes to start the fourth from Moore and Kaitlin Burgess temporarily interrupted the Westlake flow before Mareta Davidson restored order as Westlake eased to the win.

Westlake 109 – Shearer 41, Tini 30, Maddix 17, S Dil 9

Rangitoto 66 – Elgar 19, Burgess 12, Spooner 12, Moore 10

Following a 70-46 loss at Massey High, Orewa College will face a play-off with the runners-up in the Senior A competition to determine which of the two teams will play Premier basketball in 2018.

A low scoring first half in which only Hannah Wentworth and Arianna Henare scored more than twice upset any chance Orewa College had of causing an upset.

Orewa trailed 31-16 at the interval as a pair of threes from Terina Aratangi and ten points from Shauna Povey did most the damage for the home side.

Orewa staged something of a revival in the third period. Dealing almost exclusively in threes – four of their five baskets came from beyond the arc courtesy of Henare and Wentworth – they won the period 14-9.

It was a different story in the fourth as Massey piled on thirty points with Alyesha Schuster doing most the damage.

Massey head for a semi-final match up with Auckland Grammar next Friday.

Massey 70 – Povey 19, Aratangi 12, Schuster 8, Leslie 8

Orewa 45 – Henare 12, Wentworth 12, Pretorius 10, Downer 4

Avondale College saved the best until last beating Carmel College 39-34 to secure a first win of the season in the final game of the campaign.

It was a low scoring, close affair throughout with never more than a couple of possessions separating the two teams.

Carmel produced a more balanced scoring effort but it was the 23 points haul from Metissa Brown that secured the consolation win for Avondale.

Carmel 34 – Broomfield 8, Davidson 7, Green 6, Simpson 5

Avondale 39 – Brown 23, Whiu 6

Girls Premier Grade Standings

13-1 AGGS

12-2 Mt Albert

10-4 Westlake

9-5 Massey

5-9 Rangitoto

3-11 Carmel*

3-11 Orewa

1-13 Avondale

 

*Carmel had a 2-0 record against Orewa therefore hold sixth spot.

Auckland Grammar win Minor Premiership plus other Prem and Senior A news

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It took 14 games and an overtime period to decide the regular season champions of the Auckland Secondary Schools Boys Grade and even then three teams had to be split by points differential. At the other end of the ladder St Kentigern College won the decisive match against Macleans College to stay in the top flight next season.

When Mt Albert Grammar led by three points against Auckland Grammar deep inside the final minute of the game it appeared Rosmini College or Westlake Boys would be taking top spot on the ladder.

However Tom Higgins proved to be the Grammar saviour knocking down a basket to take the game into overtime with the scores tied 57 points apiece.

Grammar scored the first five points in the additional period courtesy of Thomas Whyte and Higgins but MAGS stormed back into the lead.

Ryan Laumatia made a triple and Jonty Vink a brace of baskets – an upset appeared to be on the cards.

Grammar, or more precisely Higgins, would not be denied as the NZ Under 18 forward’s triple tied the game and then in apulsating finish landed another trey to snatch victory away from a valiant Mt Albert team.

Earlier MAGS had forged a handy 31-27 half time lead on the back of fine work by Laumatia and Mandela Baledrokadroka who led all scorers at that point with 13 points.

The third belonged to the visitors as Sam Aruwa, Anzac Rissetto and Higgins went to work inside.

Baledrokadroka, with ten points in the final period, appeared to have guided MAGS to a memorable win but Higgins had the final say and Auckland progress to next week’s semi-final match up with Rangitoto College as the regular season champions.

MAGS 67-Baledrokadroka 24, Laumatia 19, Vink 7, Pumipi 7

AGS 70 – Higgins 29, Rissetto 10, Whyte 10, Aruwa 8

It has taken fourteen rounds but finally Dan Fotu, restored to something like full fitness, was able to take the floor for Rangitoto College – coach Kenny Stone also welcomed back Logan Anderson after recovering from a broken nose.

The game was delayed for thirty minutes due to the late arrival of one of the referees who shall not be named – but his daughter is a handy player!

 Westlake made up for lost time – or more precisely Thabo Manyere did as the big man threw down an early dunk – 9-1 the opening burst from the hosts.

Fotu landed a triple as Rangitoto worked their way into the contest trailing 19-16 at quarter-time.

Harry Clarke opened the second quarter with a spinning drive – a 9-0 run taking Rangi into the lead for the first time and Westlake coach Zac Fitzgerald needed a timeout.

James Moors responded landing a triple but a thundering Fotu one handed jam kept the visitors ahead 32-26. A pair of Logan Anderson triples carried Lake to a 41-28 half-time lead.

A Reuben Fitzgerald three got the large home crowd involved as Westlake closed to within five points – 44-39 at the mid point of the third stanza – but with Caleb Langridge a menace inside and the Rangi guards in good touch Westlake were unable to get any closer.

Logan McIntosh fouled out with five minutes to play but it didn’t appear that would matter with Rangi thirteen points to the good 72-59.

An Ethan Mandeno triple stretched the Rangi lead to fifteen (75-60) but it also awoke James Moors who took the game by the scruff of the kneck.

The Westlake swingman had only returned from the Adidas Nations Camp in the States 24 hours earlier – where he played alongside Fotu for the Asia Pacific team – and had naturally looked a little jaded.

Moors proceeded to score the next seven points via a triple, a baseline drive and an off balance floater – 76-67 and the crowd came to life.

Fotu scored with a put back but Moors struck twice with back to back threes – 78-73 with 1:15 to play and the crowd more than excited –

Anderson steadied the Rangi ship with a couple of free-throws but Matt Cairns-Hita’s hinted at a grandstand finish by pulling Westlake to within four points (80-76) with 21 seconds to play.

However Westlake were forced to foul in order to stop the clock and the experienced Anderson and Fotu quietened the Lake support by making the free-throws on offer – 19 fourth quarter points from Moors not quite enough.

Westlake head to a semi-final match up next Friday with Rosmini, Rangitoto will take on Auckland Grammar.

 Westlake 76 – Moors 29, Fitzgerald 17, Hidalgo 12, Manyere 8

Rangitoto 84 – Anderson 21, Langridge 17, Fotu 16, Clarke 15

Kelston, already relegated to Senior A basketball in 2018, made a useful start against Rosmini only down 18-17 at quarter time as Liam Milne, Matangi Prescott and To’o Mase kept the visitors defence busy.

Rosmini had much the better of the second stanza – a late three in the period from Terrence Abdon plus a trio of buckets from Peter Jenkins took the visitors to a 47-34 half-time lead.

Mase did his best to keep Kelston in the hunt but threes from Thomas Morgan, Sean Murphy, Marvin Williams-Dunn and Abdon stretched the Rozza lead to 74-54 at the three-quarter mark.

Solomon Faapoi fired three straight baskets for the hosts but Rozza were not seriously threatened and can now plan for a semi-final meeting with Westlake next Friday.

Kelston 70 – Mase 18, Prescott 18, Faapoi 8, Milne 6, Arellano 6

Rosmini 90 – Dance 17, Jenkins 13, Williams-Dunn 13, Abdon 12

St Kentigern College preserved their Premier status with an 81-69 victory over Macleans College.

Incredibly St Kent’s made 15 threes on the night – over 50% of their points coming from beyond the arc.

Zac Chan gave St Kentigern’s a great start nailing three triples in the opening quarter, Hyland landed a brace in the second and the home team had a nice ten points buffer at the break – 37-27.

Blake van Uden, Sai Kuvelkar and Alex Arthur brought Macleans back into the game but more threes from Ryan Jones, Max Shorter and Chan -who landed six from the land of plenty – ensured a decisive St Kent’s win.

The result means that Macleans will face a play-off game with the second placed team in Senior A – the winners to play Premier basketball in 2018. Aaron Young and his charges can relax and prepare for the Nationals Qualifying Tournament in a couple of weeks.

St Kentigern 81 – Chan 20, Shorter 20, Hyland 18, Jones 14

Macleans 69 – van Uden 17, Kuvelkar 13, Babaran 13, Arthur 12

Boys Premier Grade Standings

11-3 Auckland Grammar

11-3 Rosmini

10-3 Westlake

9-5 Rangitoto

6-8 Mt Albert

4-9 St Kentigern

3-11 Macleans

1-13 Kelston

* The outstanding Westlake v St Kentigern fixture will be played on Monday August 14th. The result will not affect the above positions as Rosmini and Auckland Grammar hold better head to head records against Westlake.

The top two spots in Senior A are locked in place but on Monday night a couple of important games will decide which out of Pakuranga, Liston and Northcote will take the other two semi-final berth.

I am reliably informed the winner of the Pakuranga tie will finish third but the loser will be eliminated if Northcote beats Massey, that game also to be played on Monday.

Senior A Ladder (unofficial)

 13-1 St Peter’s

10-4 Avondale

7-6 Pakuranga

7-6 Liston

6-7 Northcote

4-8 Western Springs

3-10 Massey

3-11 Manurewa

Canterbury Schools play-off picture clearing

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The playoff picture has become a little focused now, with a three-way battle for the final spot in the Whelan Division I semi-finals being decided next week.

Middleton Grange had two wins in the #McDsTT, somewhat of an upset over Christ’s College (we did pick this though in our preview!) 75-59, as their depth proved too much for Christ’s. Seth Bryant and Angus McWilliam both had 15 apiece for the Gators, while Pedro Makaafi and Jarred Burnett had 10. Maxwell Darling led all scorers with 22, while Max De Geest (19p) and Jackson Stewart (11p) also hit double figures.

Middleton’s Second game cemented them into the Thompson Trophy playoffs, as they ran away from St. Andrew’s 92-56 in the second half, in a game which had one of the best crowds of the year. Jarred Burnett led the way this time (19p), with solid contributions from Angus McWilliam (18p) and Ben Carlile-Smith (10p). Will Hollings caught fire for a while (21p) with Jack Kelliger (11p) and Scott Hay (10p) bombing away too for the visitors.

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Middleton Grange’s Whelan team also had another win – beating St. Andrew’s 78-49. Wildcats Aimee Book (22p) and Lauryn Hippolite (20p) led the charge here. The visitors were well served by Charlotte Whittaker and Lose Faingaanuku who had 15 points each. Rangi Ruru got all they could handle from Burnside, needing 31 points from Esra McGoldrick and 13 from Sophia Harrison to escape 77-73.

St. Margaret’s had a tough win over Hillmorton in Division II. Hillmorton came back from being down 16 in the third to close the gap to only three points, before succumbing 61-56. Emily Stewart (19p), Madison Eder (13p) and Emily Evans (11p) did most of the scoring for St. Margaret’s, while Hillmorton’s Michelle Scott (16p) and Kennedy Valance (10p) did the same for their team.

All Results:

Whelan Division I

Christchurch Girls’ 59-41 Ashburton

Middleton 78-49 St. Andrew’s

Rangi Ruru 77-73 Burnside

Rangiora 60-56 Cashmere

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Whelan Division II

St. Margaret’s 61-56 Hillmorton

Lincoln 57-48 Ellesmere

Avonside 55-48 Villa Maria

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Thompson Division I

Middleton 75-59 Christ’s College

Middleton 92-56 St. Andrew’s

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Thompson Division II

Riccarton 78-75 Hornby

Papanui 82-66 Kaiapoi

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Liston edge Northcote in Senior A thriller

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In an exciting finish Liston College edged Northcote College 110-107 in an Auckland Secondary School Senior A high scoring thriller on Tuesday night.

Northcote led 92-85 entering the last five minutes and looked to be heading for a win but Tyrone McClennan scored back to back threes to pull Liston to within a single point.

Miggy Falqueza scored but was forced to the bench with a knee injury with Northcote 96-93 ahead.

A Jack Burton jump shot drew approval from the home crowd – Northcote ahead 103-99 with less than two minutes on the clock.

Another three, this time from Preston Karatau drew Liston within a point before the impressive Dru Leo Leusogi-Ape punctured the home defence to give his team a 104-103 lead with 1:15 to play

Centre Lev Prokofyev scored on consecutive Liston plays but Sam Hadley’s drive kept Northcote in touch – down 108-105 with 25 seconds remaining.

Burton made two free throws under pressure for Northcote and when Liston couldn’t fully capitalize from the foul line it was still a one possession game.

Northcote coach Colin Hodgkinson used his last timeout but to his dismay, and that of the enthusiastic home supporters, a turnover resulted from the inbounds pass.

Somehow Northcote regained possession but a desperate game tying effort from Reihana Miller hit the back of the ring and Liston scraped home 110-107.

Earlier, in probably a first for Auckland schools basketball, a lights show was used to introduce the teams to a packed audience.

However most of the illuminations on the court in the early exchanges were provided by Liston who got out to an 11-6 lead and Northcote needed a timeout.

Liston continued to control the tempo – a corner three from Preston Karatai helping them to a 23-11 quarter time lead.

Falqueza landed a triple to initiate a 7-1 Northcote run to open the scoring in the second frame.

A block from Torbe Zachariassen got the home crowd excited but Leusogi-Ape reciprocated with a more athletic rejection of his own – his breakaway basket keeping Liston ahead 32-22.

Edward Magdenburg (18 points in the first half) paced the Liston effort and although Falqueza and Burton reduced the arrears a put back from Prokofyev gave Liston a 42-37 half-time lead.

Northcote rallied in the third period as Ollie Hayward made it a one point game (53-52) and then a drive from Ropene Kurukaanga gave Northcote the lead for the first time in the game.

The lead changed hands on a number of occasions as an offence dominated quarter ended with Northcote ahead 71-67 – ten points from Northcote guard Burton doing most of the damage as Liston gave up 34 points in the stanza.

An absorbing fourth quarter followed with Liston prevailing in the frantic last few minutes

The game was played in a terrific spirit between two evenly matched teams – both still in with a chance of joining St Peter’s and Avondale in the semi-finals.

Northcote 107 – Burton 29, Kurukaanga 23, Falqueza 20, Hadley 17, Hayward 12

Liston 110 – Leusogi-Ape 32, Magdenburg 19, McClennan 12, Prokofyev 11, Fabien 10

 

Other Round 13 Senior A results:

St Peter’s 66 Manurewa 43

Avondale 77 Pakuranga 75

Senior A Ladder

 12-1 St Peter’s

10-3 Avondale

7-5 Pakuranga

6-6 Liston

5-7 Northcote

4-8 Western Springs

3-8 Massey

2-11 Manurewa

Penina Davidson retuning to NSEC on Sunday

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Penina Davidson is relishing the opportunity to play in front of family and friends for the first time since 2013.

“To get to come back now as a senior and play in my hometown for the first time since high school is pretty cool,” said the former Rangitoto College standout.

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Girls Premier Grade penultimate round wrap

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In the penultimate round of the Auckland Secondary Schools Premier Grade regular season there were wins for all the top four teams on Monday –three were by a substantial margin and the fourth a default.

Unfortunately Avondale College, already demoted to the Senior A competition next year, were unable to field a team against Mt Albert Grammar.

The local derby between Westlake Girls and Carmel College was something of a fizzer as Lake got out the gate in something of a rush -storming to a 37-6 quarter time lead – Sophie Dil quickly into double figures

Carmel made a much better start to the second as Tayla Dalton and Estelle Davidson made scores.

However poor transition defence hurt the Carmel cause and Rosie Dil and Jordyn Maddix took advantage to make easy baskets. That said a more even stanza ensued (26-24) – Lake ahead 63-30 at half-time.

Keeley Tini converted a couple of inside moves and Jess Moors did the same as Westlake began the third quarter strongly.

Dalton landed a long three and Emily Broomfield a neat basket but the Westlake advantage was still a convincing 74-36 after a Maddix trey.

Westlake guard Tabitha Leyson scored after her own steal at half court the lead 89-44 at the last break.

Millie Simpson scored ten points in the final quarter for Carmel who will retain their Premier Grade status if they beat Avondale College on Friday, Westlake now looking ahead to semi-final action.

Westlake 116 – Maddix 26, Tini 20, Moors 16, Shearer 10, S Dil 10, R Dil 10

Carmel 66 – Dalton 22, Broomfield 16, Simpson 14, Davidson 8

Massey High also scored 37 points in the first quarter against Rangitoto College. Three triples from Massey guard Ramona Fuaivaa were the highlights of the opening period.

Kaitlin Burgess, Mania Spooner and Bella Elgar shared all but two of Rangitoto’s first half points but with Kataleena Leslie posting ten points in the second stanza Massey led 56-38 at the break.

A dozen points from Shauna Povey ensured the momentum remained with Massey in the third as the lead extended to 77-52.

Burgess and Elgar continued their good work in the final period but Massey were relentless as they eased to a convincing 109-65 victory.

Povey, Schuster and Leslie each added threes in the closing minutes – Massey connecting with a total of ten on the night.

Massey 116 – Leslie 27, Povey 22, Schuster 21, Fuaivaa 15

Rangitoto 65 – Burgess 31, Spooner 8, Elgar 21

It was an even more one sided affair at Carmel College where Auckland Girls Grammar overpowered Orewa College 108-20.

Alex Still knocked down an early triple for Orewa but Teneva Ropati helped herself to ten points in a first quarter that concluded with Grammar 22-5 ahead.

It got worse for Orewa in the second as only Megan Hoare found the net – Zhanay Hettig and Mele Latu pushing the Grammar lead out to 51-7 at half-time.

With Mariah Ropati and Karma Skilton-Roberts joining in the scoring frenzy Grammar warmed up nicely for their top of the table clash with rivals Mt Albert on Friday.

Orewa 20 – Wentworth 6, Hoare 5, Pretorius 4

AGGS 108 – Latu 27, T Ropati 24, Hettig 13, M Ropati 12

Girls Premier Grade Standings

12-1 AGGS, Mt Albert

9-4 Westlake

8-5 Massey

5-8 Rangitoto

3-10 Carmel, Orewa

0-13 Avondale