In the penultimate round of the Girls Premier Grade competition in Auckland the top four teams Auckland Girls Grammar, Westlake, MAGS and Rangitoto College were all too good for lower placed opposition.
Westlake Girls were quick out the blocks against Massey High School racing to a 23-3 first quarter lead. Jess Moors, continuing the good form she displayed at Under 15 Nationals, rattled in 8 early points.
Ramona Fuaivaa and Shauna Povey got the score moving for Massey in the second quarter but Emme Shearer, Rosie Davison and Piper Manolas were more than up for the challenge advancing Westlake to a 44-15 half-time advantage.
Sylvia Wieczorek scored a couple of baskets for Massey in the third but triples from Tiarna Clarke and Jordyn Maddix kept Westlake in the ascendancy, 63-25.
Terrina Aratangi got in on the three point action in the opening stages of the fourth quarter sinking a couple for Massey but a free scoring final quarter from Westlake, led by Alesha Nathan, Davison and Shearer, took the visitors to a convincing win.
Final Score: Massey 41 – Povey 12, Aratangi 8, Povey 7 Westlake 91 – Shearer 20, Davison 17, Moors 13, Alesha Nathan 10
The young Orewa College team had their first dose of LAD (Life After Diakhaby) on Monday night and it didn’t taste too good. Diakhby has finished her time at Orewa ahead of her imminent departure for Junior College in Colorado. The scoring and rebounding prowess of the Junior Tall Fern centre was sorely missed as her former team were defeated 87-19 by Auckland Girls Grammar School.
The visitors opened up a 23-8 first quarter advantage and never looked back. Even without the injured Rionne Papa AGGS had little problem building on their early efforts leading 37-10 at half-time.
Elianna Tuaiti was in dominant form for Grammar dishing assists, securing rebounds and compiling a game high 22 points. Tuaiti was ably assisted by sister Elianna, Mele Latu and Tyla Tuala.
Orewa enjoyed a few more scoring opportunities in the fourth quarter with Sophie Emmett, Hannah Wentworth and Ariana Henare each making baskets.
Final Score: Orewa 19 –Ariana Henare 7, Hannah Wentworth 6 AGS 87 – E Tuaiti 22, Latu 19, Tuala 17, L Tuaiti 8
In other results Rangitoto College beat St Kentigern College 88-47 and Mt Albert Grammar School beat Avondale College 80-50.
Ahead of the semi-final draw the MAGS v Rangitoto game this coming Friday looks set to determine third and fourth placings.
Unless there is a major upset in the final round of games Auckland Grammar will claim top spot over Westlake on points differential. Recently Westlake prevailed 69-65 but earlier in the season AGGS had won 60-43 giving them a +13 advantage.
Premier Girls Standings
11-2 Auckland Girls GS, Westlake Girls HS
9-4 Rangitoto College
9-3 Mt Albert GS
4-9 Orewa College
3-10 Avondale College
2-11 Massey HS
1-11 St Kentigern College