Diakhaby Shines for Orewa & AGGS Return to Winning Ways

Auckland Girls Grammar School bounced back in style from their defeat against Mt Albert Grammar in Auckland Secondary Schools Prem Grade last week. The girls from the central city defeated Rangitoto College in ‘The Freezer’, otherwise known as Rangi’s gym, 76-67 on Friday.

The score line slightly flattered Rangitoto as AGGS led 65-47 early in the fourth and took their foot of the pedal in the dying stages.

Led by Elianna Tuaiti AGGS base their game around aggressive defence and rebounding to fuel their transition game. But they are no one trick pony as demonstrated by Tyla Tuala who knocked down a couple of outside shots early on to propel her team to a 16-11 lead.

Unfortunately Bella Elgar and Rionne Papa had a clash of heads early in the period with Elgar coming off worse and having to retire from the game. Papa continued after some treatment and a spell on the bench.

Tabitha Jenkins made a couple of nice left handed inside buckets but Rangi trailed 22-11 at the first break.

A triple from Riana Rangi-Brown hinted at a home team comeback but the trio of Papa, Eli Tuaiti and Mele Latu were dominating the boards and despite a Sophie Bond three in the shadows of half-time AGGS were in control 39-23 at the interval.

Rangitoto were dealing primarily in threes in the third quarter as Bond, Jenkins, Tessa Gush and Annalina Crosbie all converted from beyond the arc. In contrast AGGS were penetrating and dishing as Tuaiti opened up the lanes for southpaw Papa and Latu to make baskets and take the visitors to a 58-41 lead.

Karma Skilton-Roberts made a difficult drive look easy as AGGS stretched the lead to eighteen but credit to Rangi, they had the better of the back end of the game, and closed to within ten points.

Fittingly Eli Tuaiti, the player of the game, made a late three to put the finishing touch to a conclusive AGGS win.

Shout out to the AGGS coaching staff of John Subritzky and Miu Tuala who both wore shorts in ‘The Freezer’ – they are probably still thawing out!

Final Score: Rangitoto 67 – Jenkins 18pts/14rebs, Crosbie 14, Bond 11, Robyn Blackstock 9pts/11rebs Auckland Grammar 76 – E Tuaiti 22, Latu 17, Tuala 15, Papa9, Skilton-Roberts 9

 

Just down the road Westlake Girls High School entertained Mt Albert Grammar School in a game to decide outright second on the ladder.

Both teams were minus a New Zealand reps with MAGS forward Sharne Pupuke-Robati and Westlake guard Jordyn Maddix both in Melbourne with the NZ Under 16 team.

Westlake won the opening stanza 15-11 with forward Sophie Dil kick starting their effort.

The lead was extended to 32-27 at half-time as the Westlake duo of Tiarna Clarke and Keeley Tini shared 21 points. Trinity Paeu had a strong half for MAGS with 8 points, as did Rikki Fiatau with seven.

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Photo courtesy of Sylvia Wilkins

Clarke nailed a pair of three’s in the third period and Piper Manolas scored five straight points as Westlake took the period 19-11 to extend their advantage to 13 points (51-38).

It was more of the same in the fourth as Westlake eased out to a 69-48 victory.

Final Score: Westlake 69 – Clarke 18, Tini 15, Jessica Moors 9, Rosie Davison 9 Mt Albert 48 – Jodea Joseph 11, Moanekah Vai 8, Paeu 8, Fiatau 8

 

Katie Diakhaby proved the difference between the two sides as she powered Orewa College to a 61-54 road win against Massey High School. The Junior Tall Ferns forward amassed 34 points and 31 rebounds – 17 at the offensive end – in one of the outstanding individual performances of the season to date.

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Photo courtesy of Sylvia Wilkins

The game was close throughout highlighted by the fact that only one scoring shot separated the teams in three of the quarters. The decisive period was the third, that Orewa won 19-12, to give them a 43-37 advantage that they were able to protect in the closing stages.

Guard Hannah Wentworth (13pts) gave Diakhaby good support with Shauna Povey and Terrina Aratangi leading the Massey effort.

Final Score; Massey 54 – Povey 18, Aratangi 14, Ashlee Tyacke 7, Alyesha Schuster 7 Orewa 61 – Diakhaby 34/31, Wentworth 13, Ariana Henare 6, Megan Hoore 5

 

Result between Avondale an St Kentigern is unknown at this stage.

Girls Standings:

8-1 Auckland Girls GS

9-2 Westlake Girls HS

7-3 Mt Albert GS

7-4 Rangitoto Coll

3-7 Orewa Coll

2-7 Avondale Coll

2-8 Massey HS

1-7 St Kentigern Coll

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