In round 6 of the Auckland Secondary Schools Premier Girls competition Westlake Girls High School welcomed back Zara Jillings from her exploits at the FIBA 3 on 3 U18 World Championships where the NZ Women finished a highly creditable 5th losing just one game in the tournament.
Jillings and her team made a far from auspicious start in this one as a combination of missed shots and active Orewa College defence caused them some early problems.
Hannah Wentworth opened the scoring with a pair of free throws for Orewa with Rosie Davison opening the Westlake account followed by a Jillings three to help put Westlake ahead 16-6 at quarter time.
Wentworth also opened the scoring for the second period, a banked three followed by a Megan Hoore basket trimmed the Westlake advantage to single figures, 19-11, cut further after another Wentworth three.
Katie Diakhaby was contained well by the Westlake forwards but she scored the last two buckets of the half as Orewa trailed by just three points, 23-20, after a low scoring first half.
Both sides continued to struggle offensively at the outset of the second half before Jillings scored a pair of baskets answered by Diakhaby.
Hoore cancelled out a Tiarna Clarke basket as Orewa trailed just 31-26 with 5:06 left in the third.
Things then began to turn sour for Orewa as Emme Shearer scored back to back baskets following Chanel Broder-Muir steals.
Remarkably Orewa was called for just its second foul of the game late in the third to send Jordan Maddix to the charity stripe for a pair of freebies to increase the margin in favour of Westlake to 47-26 at threequarter time.
Westlake’s extended pressure, with Brodeur-Muir in dominant form, created a barrage of points in the fourth and they entirely dominated the remainder of the game going on to win 82-26 as Lake coach Jody Cameron gave extended court time to her young brigade.
Final Score: Westlake 82 (Brodeur-Muir 21 Davison 14, Jillings 11, Clarke 10, Piper Manolas 6) Orewa 26 (Wentworth 8, Diakhaby 8)
Mt Albert Grammar also recorded an away win travelling to Rangitoto College and leaving with a 73-63 victory. MAGS won the first quarter 23-21 as Sharne Robati and Trinity Paeu went to work.
Robyn Blackstock and Riana Rangi-Brown, who had 12 points in the second period, took Rangi to a 43-40 interval lead.
NZ Under 16 forward Robati continued to inflict damage on the home defence in the third as MAGS stole a 57-51 lead.
Rangi were kept to just 20 points in the second half as MAGS earned a notable road win.
Final Score: Rangitoto 63 (Rangi-Brown 19, Blackstock 14, Tabitha Jenkins 7, Annaline Crosbie 7) MAGS 73 (Robati 23, Paeu 20, Abigail Roache 9, Rhyannon Potu 8)
St Kentigern College secured its first win of the season defeating Massey High School 61-52.
St Kent’s was quick out the gate racing to a 16-4 quarter time lead and 28-17 at the break. Massey did there utmost to get back in the contest but it wouldn’t be enough despite a collective 35 points from Harmony Rangi-Brown and Shauna Povey.
St Kent’s Vilisi (sorry I don’t have full names for St Kent’s players) led all scorers with 23 points.
Final score: St Kent’s 61 (Vilisi 23, Summer 12, Courtney 7) Massey 52 (Rangi-Brown 18, Povey 17/8rebs, Sylvia Wieczorek 4/10rebs)
The result of the Avondale College v Auckland Girls Grammar School fixture is unknown when filing this report
Girls Standings after 6 rounds
6-0 Auckland Girls GS
5-1 Westlake Girls HS
4-2 Mt Albert GS
3-2 Rangitoto College,
2-4 Massey HS,
1-4 Avondale College, St Kentigern Coll
1-5 Orewa College