The Girls Premier Grade competition also tipped off on Friday night but proved to be a little less competitive than the Boys League.
Avondale College stayed reasonably close to Massey High in the first quarter trailing 21-9 at its conclusion. Unfortunately it was all one-way traffic after that as Massey, with five players in double figures, surged to an 85-17 win.
Shauna Povey (17pts) and Sylvia Wieczorek (14pts) were in fine form having debuted for the Auckland Lady Rangers in the Women’s Basketball Championship last week. Also in double figures were Alyesha Schuster (17pts), Terina Aratangi (12pts) and Ashlee Tyacke (10pts).
The Rangitoto College versus Orewa College fixture was a much more even contest with Rangitoto prevailing 61-45.
Orewa led 10-6 after the first period but gave up 19 points in the second to trail 27-22 at half-time. Rangitoto extended their advantage in the third stanza (46-32) and closed out the win in the fourth.
Rangitoto’s Moania Spooner led all scorers with 24 points with Bella Elgar (12pts) also in double figures. Guard Hannah Wentworth (16pts) and Janke Pretorius (13pts) top scored for Orewa.
Carmel College received a mauling at the hands of defending champions Auckland Girls Grammar School going down 151-44. Unfortunately I don’t have any further details but suffice to say it can only get better for Carmel from here.
The fixture between Mt Albert Grammar and Westlake Girls was postponed.
Results from the newly formed Senior A Grade:
St Mary’s 79 Mt Roskill 64
Birkenhead 78 Pakuranga 43
Epsom 70 Diocesan 37