The final of the Girls Premier Grade competition will feature Mt Albert Grammar School and traditional rivals Auckland Girls Grammar School after both beat off the challenges of their North Shore rivals at the NSEC on Friday.
The Premier games were preceded by the Greater Auckland Under 15, Under 17 and Open Grade competitions – see results at foot of story.
Mt Albert Grammar had much the better of the first half against Westlake Girls High School leading 40-33 despite a late three point flourish from Zara Jillings, Chanel Brodeur-Muir and Tiarna Clarke (five triples between them in the second quarter). Sharne Pupuke-Robati and Trinity Paeu spearheaded a strong opening half from MAGS.
Jillings and Jordyn Maddix cut into the MAGS lead in the third, 55-50, at three-quarter time.
Back to back baskets from Mareta Davidson trimmed the MAGS advantage to a single point (57-56) in the middle of the fourth although Rhyannon Poto restored a three point advantage on the next play.
MAGS wrestled back momentum in the closing minutes as Pupuke-Robati and Jodea Joseph took the lead out to 66-59 with two minutes to play.
Paeu scored to extend the advantage and although Jillings landed a late three MAGS emerged deserved winners.
Final Score: Mt Albert 72 – Trinity Peau 26, Sharne Robati 22
Westlake 62 – Jillings 20, Clarke 11
Rangitoto College struggled early on against Auckland Girls Grammar School but with Riana Rangi-Brown converting down the lane on the final play of the half they had almost gained parity trailing 29-28 at the break. Mele Latu had 8 points for Grammar at the interval, Rangi-Brown the same number for Rangitoto.
Bella Elgar gave Rangi the lead for the first time in the game (35-33) but a long three from Karma Skilton-Roberts prompted a 10-0 AGS run and when Elianna Tuaiti landed another three they led 52-40 at the last break.
The tireless Tabitha Jenkins along with Robyn Blackstock and Gracie Hasler-Ewin kept Rangi in contention, the Grammar lead 54-44 with 5 minutes to play.
Grammar put their foot down with a closing 13-2 burst, Tyla Tuala landing a late trey, to help secure a berth in next week’s final for the regular season champions.
Final Score: AGGS 67 – Latu 16, Skilton-Roberts 12, Elianna Tuaiti 12, Papa 11 Rangitoto 47 – Rangi-Brown 10, Jenkins 10, Elgar 7, Hasler-Ewin 7
Under 15 Girls semi-finals:
Mt Albert Grammar 29 – Anna Teu 14, Monica Kelly 7 St Kentigern College 22 – Zara Smith 10, Aimee Johnson 6
Avondale College 36 – MacLani Michael 14, NgatikaPaton-Young 14 Massey High 52 – Harmony Rangi-Brown 21, Rose Maeli 11
Under 17 Girls semi-finals:
Mt Albert Grammar 35 – Sharne Pupuke-Robati 16, Jada Manase 7 St Mary’s College 25 – Jazzmyne Fulu 10, Safenunuivao Williams 8
Avondale College 31 – Mariah Ropati 12, Tessa Nikolaison 8, Teneva Ropati 7 Massey High 47 – Shauna Povey 19, Terrina Aratangi 13, Laticia Jost 9
Open Grade Girls semi-finals:
Westlake Girls 73 – Jessica Moors 18, Emme Shearer 15, Christine Ling 10 Rutherford College 35 – Odessa Lawson 15, Nikita Murray 9
Birkenhead College 38 – Rashaan Smith 24, Beth Marshall 6 Epsom Girls 34 – Sarah Scouler 9, Charlotte Armstrong 9, Aira Benitez 8
The finals of all four competitions will be held at NSEC on Thursday August 25th.