By James Lissaman
In the McDonald’s Whelan Trophy Competition, Rangiora High looked like they were going to grab an upset win over a more favoured Burnside High School Team, up by 24 points heading into the final quarter. Paige Willman had other ideas though, scoring 13 points in a huge 33-7 quarter for Burnside, allowing Lori McDaniel’s team to sneak out with a 62-60 win. Burnside will look to tread water while Tsubasa Nisbet is nursing a fracture in her hand. Rangiora had a very solid showing from Kaneisha Bond (14p/8r) and Keeley Woolman-Smith (15p) where 10 players in the Rangiora team scored.
Over in Division II of the McDonald’s Thompson Trophy, Linwood had a trip into North Canterbury where they faced off against Kaiapoi High School. Rhoi Sanchez was outstanding off the bench (36p on 17/28 shooting), while Aislery Patoc had a solid 15p for the Linwood Boys. In the end though, Kaiapoi was able to just hang on at the end of the game 85-79 in their first ever McDsTT game.
In Division I, the Dowson Cup just about changed hands in Christchurch Boys’ High first ever defence, as St Bede’s flew out to a 23-9 lead after the first quarter. The second half wasn’t as kind to the visitors, as CBHS gradually fought back, 45-30, to escape with a 77-70 win. Bedean Tom Hughes was excellent finishing near the basket (22p 9r 4a), while teammate Caleb Conyers (16p) helped keep St. Bede’s in the game.
Middleton Grange and Cashmere had their traditional opening round match, and a huge crowd was entertained early, as Joash Castillo (14p) hit a tough prayer at the end of the first quarter, to make it a two point game (25-23) at the break. The rest of the game wasn’t as close, as Cashmere eased away to win 94-59. Cashmere had five double figure scorers: Ruben Stanley (19p); Connor McLaughlin (19p); Takeru Wakayama (14p); Tom Russ-Hofmans (12p/6r); and Mitch Mahon (12p/12r). The Gators on the other hand, only had Jarred Burnett (11p) joining Joash above ten points in the scoring column.
- Christchurch Girls’ 81-28 St Margaret’s
- Middleton Grange 101-37 Kaiapoi
- Rangi Ruru 72-31 Cashmere
- St Andrew’s 91-34 Avonside Girls’
- Burnside 62-60 Rangiora
- Ashburton 109-27 Ellesmere
- Villa Maria 64-48 Lincoln (Division II)
Thompson Division I
- Christchurch Boys’ 77-70 St Bede’s (CBHS defends Dowson Cup)
- Cashmere 94-59 Middleton Grange
- Christ’s 79-73 Ashburton
- Shirley Boys’ 89-67 St Andrew’s
- Burnside 68-60 Rangiora
Thompson Division II
- Riccarton 75-69 Ellesmere
- Hornby 61-58 Lincoln
- St Thomas 61-54 Cathedral
- Kaiapoi 85-79 Linwood
- Hillmorton 69-56 Papanui