Westlake Girls were without Zara Jillings for their visit to Rangitoto College in the Auckland Secondary Schools Premier Grade Girls competition on Friday. Jillings, who is now in Kazakhstan with the New Zealand U18 Girls at the FIBA 3×3 World Championships, was receiving text updates on her teams encounter with Rangitoto whilst ‘enjoying’ a 10 hours stop over in Amsterdam.
The early news reaching Jillings would not have been terribly encouraging.
Despite welcoming back Tiarna Clarke for her first game since damaging ankle ligaments whilst in China with the Junior Tall Ferns Westlake fell behind 12-4 in the early stages. Things improved later in the period, Rangi just ahead 15-14 at quarter time.
A terrific assist from Sophie Bond for an Annelina Crosby basket plus a Riana Rangi-Brown triple helped take Rangi to a 31-25 half-time lead. Keeley Tini and Jordyn Maddix performed strongly for Westlake but missing the composure of both Jillings and the absent Rosie Davidson they had plenty contemplate at half-time.
Coola Baudry moved the Rangi scoring on in the second half and a defensive block, one of a number on the night from the Junior Tall Fern, kept her team in the ascendancy. Rangi-Brown knocked down a pair of three’s but a couple of scores from Mareta Davidson kept Westlake in the hunt, down 43-32 at three-quarter time.
Jordyn Maddix converted a long three for Westlake and when she fed Clarke for an and one play the lead was down to single figures. Sophie Bond quickly addressed that from the free throw line – Clarke replied in kind. Then Clarke with a lovely no look assist for Jessica Moors and it was Westlake threatening a late comeback.
The composed Bond and Rangi-Brown snuffed that out as they scored the last 12 points for Rangitoto, the majority from the foul line, to ease their team to a deserved 60-50 win.
Rangitoto 60 – Rangi-Brown 17, Bond 12, Tabatha Jenkins 10, Baudry 8
Westlake 50 – Clarke 12, Maddix 10, Talafoa 10,
Auckland Girls Grammar School is the only unbeaten team in the Girls Premier Grade following a comfortable 81-40 victory over Massey High. Led by Mele Latu AGGS raced to a 26-7 quarter time lead and were never threatened after that winning every quarter.
Massey 40 – Terrina Aratangi 18, Shauna Povey 10
AGGS 81 – Mele Latu 24, Rionne Papa 16, Karma Skilton-R 14
Orewa College secured there first win of the season with a 65-55 at home victory against Avondale College and Mt Albert Grammar recorded a 74-54 win against St Kentigern College.
Girls Standings after 4 rounds;
4-0 Auckland Girls GS
3-1 Rangitoto College, Westlake GHS
2-2 Massey HS, Mt Albert GS
1-3 Avondale College, Orewa College
0-4 St Kentigern College