The third round of the Mexicali Fresh Summer Jam Women’s competition was played last Saturday.
In the opening game of the round the Suns led 21-18 at quarter time and 35-31 at half-time with Tayla Dalton (8 points) leading a balanced scoring effort. A brace of threes from Breanna Jones and late second quarter baskets from Jada Manase helped keep team Sky in the hunt.
NZ U16 forward Gracie Hasler -Ewins had a stunning third quarter scoring 13 points in the period to light up Sky’s offence and take them into a 54-51 three-quarter time lead.
The Suns outscored Sky 13-5 in the early stages of the fourth as Alyesha Schuster, Kat Leslie and Annabelle Jenkins found their way to the basket. Jones and Taylor Te Huia responded for Sky but Jenkins and Anna Lacey had the final say to lead the Suns to their second victory.
Suns 73 – Annabelle Jenkins 19, Lacey 13, Tabitha Jenkins 12, Dalton 8
Sky 64 – Jones 20, Hasler-Ewins 16,Te Huia 10, Manase10
In the early game the experienced Sparks, with five players notching double figures, were too sharp for Storm winning 76-57.
Stevee Theyers scored the first six points as Sparks completely dominated the opening period to race to a 29-11 lead despite Ashleigh Kelman-Poto picking up three early fouls. Storm put up a better showing in the second, Jazz Kailahi scoring 8 points as they won the quarter 19-15. Yzabelle Tevao led all scorers at the break with 10 points.
Michelle Tangioriki got the scoreboard ticking for Sparks in the second half and with Kaitlin Burgess getting 8 points in the stanza the lead was 61-43 at three-quarter time and the win assured.
Storm kept plugging away, six points each from Keeley Tini and Kailahi reduced the arrears, but Sparks with Amanda Buck and Kezia Kelly controlling the tempo were always in control.
Sparks 76 – Tevao 17, Kelman-Poto 15, Burgess 12, Tangioriki 11, Theyers 11
Storm 57 – Kailahi 12, Tini 12, Safena TeNana-Williams 9, Isabella Elgar 8, Charlotte Armstrong 7
Standings after 3 rounds;
2-1 Storm, Suns and Sparks