The second round of the inaugural Mexicali Fresh Summer Jam Women’s competition began with The Suns winning their second consecutive game defeating team Sky 69-59.
Tiarna Clarke made the first three baskets for the Suns but Ayla Hoeta and Deena Franklin restored the balance, 22 each at quarter time.
Courtney Le’au’anae made a triple in the second quarter but team Sky trailed 37-33 at half time.
Team Sky had the better of the third period as Hoeta cut the margin and Annabelle Jenkins edged them ahead 48-47.
That was as good as it got for team Sky as the Suns guards Clarke, Claire McCurran and Breeze Leonard dominated the scoring in the final period. The trio scored 17 fourth quarter points to help the Suns, along with young Auckland forward Sharne Pupuke-Robati to a ten points victory.
Suns 69 – Clarke 13, McCurran 13, Leonard 12, Pupuke-Robati 10
Sky 59 – Hoeta 16, Jenkins 10, Katelin Noyer 8
Game two was a good contest in the first half before the Storm, paced by 20 points from Jordan Hunter, left the Sparks in their wake to ease to a 70-55 win.
Megan Craig and Stevie Theyers (two triples) were prominent in the first quarter helping the Sparks to a 21-15 early advantage, pegged back slightly at half time 33-30.
Tall Ferns centre Craig (26pts) produced a strong display but she didn’t have it all her own way in the paint as Millie Nathan, Milomilo Nanai and Coola Baudry all demonstrated good touch under the hoop.
The third quarter, won 22-8 by the Storm (8pts from Nanai), proved decisive before Rangitoto College forward Tabitha Jenkins with three early scores in the final period sealed the deal for the Storm.
Sky 55 – Craig 26, Theyers 10, Rebecca Hughes 9
Storm 70 – Hunter 20, Nanai 18, Jenkins 10, Nathan 10