In the game of the round in the Auckland Secondary Schools Girls competition Auckland Girls Grammar School defeated traditional rivals Mt Albert Grammar on Friday.
Zhanay Hettig scored six early points for Auckland and Mele Latu aced a triple as AGGS built a 15-4 first quarter advantage.
Trinity Peau scored nine first half points for MAGS but Rionne Papa and Mariah Ropati added to the visitors’ woes to build a 31-18 first half lead.
MAGS responded in the third period putting 25 points on Auckland as Riana Rangi-Brown and Sharne Pupuke-Robati shared 17 points. With Auckland only ahead 45-43 at three-quarter time the result was in the balance.
Peau and Pupuke-Robati kept the score ticking over for MAGS but not at a pace to match the hosts. Latu delivered 8 points in the fourth and supported by Karma Skilton-Roberts and Teneva Ropati AGGS closed out an important win.
The result creates a three way tie at the top of the table with Massey, AGGS and MAGS all with one loss.
Score: AGGS 69 – Papa 18, Latu 14, T Ropati 12, Hettig 8
MAGS 62 – Pupuke-Robati 17, Rangi-Brown 15, Peau 15, Talo-Tomokino
Further north Rangitoto College entertained Westlake Girls, the pair vying for fourth spot on the ladder. Despite 29 points from Kaitlin Burges it was Westlake that prevailed 90-68.
Mania Spooner broke an 8-0 opening salvo from Westlake but consecutive threes from Emme Shearer and Jordyn Maddix stretched the Lake lead into double figures.
The hard working Bella Elgar earned some visits to the charity stripe and Julia Parker banked a jump shot but the quarter time advantage was heavily in favour of the visitors 32-17.
Rangitoto began the second in much better fashion courtesy of Burgess and Spooner, trimming the advantage to 34-26 four minutes before the break.
Rosie Dil broke the Westlake dry spell with threes from Keeley Tini and Shearer adding to the advantage – 46-31 at half-time.
Burgess led all scorers at the interval with 13 points.
Ella Moore opened the second half scoring for Rangi as Mareta Davidson collected a frustrating fourth foul, a sluggish start to the second half prompted Lake coach Jody Cameron to call a timeout.
A pair of Jess Moors assists helped Westlake back in the scoring groove, Tini and Shearer the beneficiaries.
Back to back baskets from Burgess trimmed the Lake lead but Moors and Piper Manolas answered to keep Westlake ahead 66-50 with ten minutes to play.
Neat inside baskets from Spooner and Burgess kept Rangi in touch but Westlake, with Tini and Shearer combining for 18 points in the fourth, moved comfortably to a third win of the season.
Score: Rangitoto 68 – Burgess 29, Elgar 19, Spooner 10, Campbell 6
Westlake 90 – Shearer 24, Tini 19, Moors 14, Davidson 10
Massey High School took charge of their contest with Orewa College from the outset racing to a 20-5 first quarter lead – Terina Aratangi claiming seven early points.
Orewa guard Hannah Wentworth replied with seven points of her own in the second period but Massey continued to dominate through the scoring efforts of Tessa Nikolaison and Sylvia Wieczorek to lead 43-14 at half time.
Orewa countered with a stronger performance in the third edging the period 12-11, a triple from Arianna Henare helping their cause.
Shauna Povey dominated the final stretch – the Massey combo guard landing four triples in the final 10 minutes to take her personal tally in the game to 22 points.
Score: Orewa 36 – Wentworth 15, Henare 9, Kagan-Downer 7
Massey 71 – Povey 22, Nikolaison 16, Aratangi 12, Wieczorek 9
Carmel College, paced by 28 points from Emily Broomfield and 20 points from Millie Simpson proved too good for Avondale College.
Carmel, with their pressing defence reaping benefits, won each of the first three quarters to lead 45-23 at half-time and 66-28 at the three-quarter mark.
Avondale won the fourth period but it was too little too late.
Score: Avondale 51 – No individual totals available
Carmel 81 – Broomfield 28, Simpson 20, Davidson 8, Rozmus 7
5-1 Mt Albert, Massey, Auckland Girls Grammar
Senior A Results
Birkenhead 54 St Mary’s 78
St Kentigern 74 Diocesan 17
Pakuranga v Epsom – Result unknown
Mt Roskill – bye
Senior A Standings
4-0 St Kentigern
4-1 St Mary’s
1-3 Mt Roskill