First played second on the table in round 7 of the Auckland Secondary Schools Premier competition played on Monday. Westlake Girls High School hosted top of the table Auckland Girls Grammar School in the game of the round. And it was the visitors that took the honours winning 60-43.
Westlake was dealt a blow in the opening minute with Zara Jillings forced to the sideline with a badly sprained ankle.
Grammar profited from her departure leading by half a dozen points, at the mid point of the quarter but Westlake scored the last seven points of the period to lead 15-12 at the first break. Mele Latu logged 10 points for AGGS in the opening period.
AGGS began the second with a 6-0 start highlighted by a nice baseline drive from Tyla Tuala.
AGGS forward Elianna Tuaiti picked up her third foul as Rosie Davison made a difficult basket in traffic but AGS were 26-23 to the good.
A long two from Tuala stretched the visitors lead to 28-23 at half-time
AGGS began the third period with another run, this time 9-1 to lead 37-24 and force Lake coach Jody Cameron to call a timeout. Her team was struggling to manufacture many open scoring opportunities against an active AGGS zone.
A Davison basket plus a Tiarna Clarke three helped the Westlake cause but
Grammar was winning the rebounding battle and this was emphasised by an offensive rebound and put back by from Rionne Papa to give the visitors a 43-31 three-quarter time advantage.
A Clarke steal and layup followed by a Davison block and coast to coast basket reduced the deficit to 37-45 at the 6:57 mark prompting John Subritzky the Auckland coach to use a timeout.
Papa immediately restored the double-digit advantage despite Emme Shearer scoring in transition for the home side.
Back to back drives from Papa almost sealed the deal at 53-39 with 3:20 to play but and 1 play from Karma Skilton-Roberts with 90 seconds left certainly did.
A combination of strong rebounding and high percentage shooting, particularly from the foul line secured a seventh straight win from Auckland Girls Grammar.
Subritzky is delighted with the AGGS start to the season but admitted, “I’m very surprised with how we are doing. The girls are playing well as a team but I didn’t expect us to be unbeaten at this stage.”
Final Score; Westlake – 43 Davison 11, Shearer 11, Brodeur-Muir 8, Clarke 7. AGGS – 60 – Latu 16, Skilton-Robertr 13, Papa 12, Tuala 10, Elianna Tuaiti 9
Orewa College gained its second win of the season travelling to St Kentigern College and winning a tight one 74-69.
Crossing the Harbour Bridge must have taken its toll on the Orewa team as they found themselves 19-9 down at quarter time.
They recovered to trail by just two points at half-time and kept their composure in the second half after hitting the front. Katie Diakhaby – 37 points –had a monster game recording the highest individual score this season in the Girls competition.
Final Score: St Kent’s 69 Orewa 74 – Diakhaby 37, Hannah Wentworth 14 Arianna Henare 12,
Massey High School found it tough going at Mt Albert Grammar trailing 16-5 early on and 31-15 at half-time. Things improved a little in the second period but not enough to threaten a dominant MAGS performance.
Final Score: MAGS 64 Massey 37 – Shauna Povey 9, Sylvia Wieczorek 8pts/16rebs, Laticia Jost 6, Edynn Doreen 6
Rangitoto College defeated Avondale College 73-40 in an error ridden game.
The Rangitoto performance didn’t impress stand-in head coach Morgan Maskell who was unhappy with the performance of his charges.
“Right now we are playing the most casual basketball I have ever seen from a team on this level, we lack any sort of urgency.
“I’m confident we are capable of playing better and doing well at Nationals. However the game is played on the court not on paper so we have to up our game.”
Sounds like there is plenty to work on for Maskell and head coach Angela Perrott-Hunt.
Final score: Rangitoto 73 Avondale 40
Girls Standings after 7 rounds
7-0 Auckland Girls GS
5-2 Westlake Girls HS, Mt Albert GS
4-2 Rangitoto College
2-4 Massey HS, Orewa College
1-4 St Kentigern Coll
1-6 Avondale College