Mt Albert Grammar School demonstrated that they are genuine contenders for the Auckland Secondary Schools Girls Prem Grade title after completing an exciting 66-63 victory over Auckland Girls Grammar School on Friday.
Rhyannon Poto and Sharne Robati were outstanding for MAGS showing great composure throughout a tight encounter.
Auckland entered the game with an unbeaten record and but for some missed opportunities from the foul line could have recorded their eighth straight win of the season. However MAGS led by Moanikah Vaai executed well down the stretch to secure a narrow win, a win that opens up the championship race.
Final Score: AGGS 63 MAGS 66
Both Rangitoto College and Orewa College were shorn of a little firepower in their game but Rangitoto, with more depth, coped better with the absences winning 100-42.
Photo courtesy of Sylvia Wilkins
Grace Hasler-Ewin helped herself to eight first quarter points as Rangitoto opened up a 22-12 lead.
Full court pressure from Rangi in the second period took its toll on the seven-player Orewa rotation. A series of turnovers from the green and blacks contributed to the 60-21 advantage enjoyed by Rangitoto at half-time.
Kaitlin Burgess led the Rangi first half scoring rush with 14 points – Hannah Wentworth, working tirelessly, had 10 points for Orewa.
Katie Diakhaby opened the second half scoring for Orewa and a Wentworth triple also helped their cause, as did improved defence that stalled the Rangi scoring.
A timeout from Rangitoto coach Ang Perrott-Hunt worked a treat as Burgess converted a triple, and along with Hasler-Ewin, the pair dominated the scoring to help Rangi to a 79-33 three quarter time lead.
Riana Rangi-Brown scored back to back baskets for Rangi, replicated by Diakhaby at the other end, but Rangi stretched their lead to 84-37 with 7 minutes to play.
Hasler-Ewin, off to Melbourne next week with the New Zealand Under 16 team, continued to show a nice scoring touch as did Robyn Blackstock – Rangitoto comfortable winners.
Photo courtesy of Sylvia Wilkins
Final Score: Rangitoto 100 – Burgess 25, Hasler-Ewin 18, Tessa Gush 11, Bella Edgar 10, Tabitha Jenkins 9, Blackstock 6pts/10rebs Orewa College 42 – Wentworth 17, Diakhaby 17, Ariana Henare 4
Westlake Girls High School entertained St Kentigern College and had little trouble recording a 74-31 victory.
Westlake captain Rosie Davison scored 8 early points as the hosts raced to a 16-1 quarter time lead. St Kents made a much better fist of things in the second matching Westlake basket for basket to reach half-time 30-15 down.
Westlake went on to dominate the second half as Tiarna Clarke, Sia Talafou, Keeley Tini and the typically energetic Chanel Brodeur-Muir stretched the advantage.
St Kentigern, despite only having six players, competed to the end with Vilisi Tavui leading their effort with 12 points.
Final Score: Westlake 74 – Davison 24, Clarke 14, Talafou 12 Brodeur-Muir 9, Tini 8. St Kentigern 31 – Tavui 12, Renee Flay 8, Summer 7
In the final game of the round Massey High School were pipped 79-74 by Avondale College. Massey led 46-42 at half-time but Avondale leveled by three-quarter time, the scores locked at 61 apiece.
Despite 23 points from Shauna Povey and a monster double double (12 points and 27 rebounds) from Sylvia Wieczorek Massey were run down in the final period.
Finals Score: Massey 74 – Povey 23, Harmony Rangi-Brown 13, Wieczorek12pts/27rebs, Alyesha Schuster 11. Avondale 79
7-1 Auckland Girls GS
7-2 Westlake Girls HS, Mt Albert GS
6-2 Rangitoto College
2-6 Massey HS, Orewa College
1-6 St Kentigern College
1-7 Avondale College