The New Zealand Under 16 Women played Western Australia Country on day four of the Australian State Championships in Melbourne on Tuesday.
The Kiwis established a 15-6 first quarter lead with Harbour guard Jordyn Maddix nabbing a couple of baskets and Charlisse Leger-Walker scoring six points.
Ella Bradley, Leger-Walker’s team mate at St Peter’s, Cambridge scored 6 points in the middle of the second period as New Zealand stretched their lead to 18 points, 33-15, with four minutes to play in the quarter.
The back end of the half wouldn’t have pleased New Zealand coach Angela Perrott-Hunt as WA mounted a 12-3 run to close within nine points.
Bradley made yet another basket to keep New Zealand ahead 40-29 at the interval. Leger-Walker and Bradley led all scorers at half-time with 11 points and 10 points respectively.
A dominant 26-9 third quarter quashed any prospect of WA further denting the New Zealand advantage. Maddix, Caitlin O’Connell, Sharne-Pupuke-Robati and Leger-Walker all scored multiple baskets in the scoring frenzy.
The final quarter was more sedate as New Zealand closed out a 78-52 win to improve their record to 3-2 ahead of a game against South Australia Country on Wednesday.
Prior to the game Leger-Walker and Pupuke Robati featured strongly in a couple of overall tournament statistical categories.
Charlisse was second in scoring (17.5ppg) and second in assists (5.3apg). Sharne was second in rebounding (11.8rpg) and fourth in points scoring (16.8ppg).
NZ Scorers : Charlisse Leger-Walker 16/8, Sharne Pupuke-Robati 12/8, Jordyn Maddix 11/8 assists, Ella Bradley 10, Gracie Hasler-Ewin 8/9, Briarley Rogers 7, Rashaan Smith 6 Isabelle Cook 4, Caitlin O’Connell 4
Full stats here.