Reports from second round of Girls Premier Grade in Auckland

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The second round of the Girl’s Auckland Secondary Schools Premier competition on Friday produced wins for Mt Albert Grammar, Auckland Grammar, Rangitoto College and Massey High.

Despite 38 points from Tayla Dalton Mt Albert Grammar were too strong for Carmel College winning 94-62.

Carmel made the better start in the early exchanges against Mt Albert as Izzy Cattermole and Qaizden Stephano made baskets.

The visitors hit back later in the period as Sharne Pupuke-Robati and Moanekah Va’ai found their range – MAGS edging an open first stanza 24-19.

Opposite No 7’s Va’ai and Emily Bloomfield sparked their teams early in the second Va’ai a couple of deft assists, Bloomfield a neat inside basket.

Dalton scored a couple of baskets but a Jada Manase three plus a steal and score extended the MAGS lead. Pupuke-Robati led all scorers with 20 points at half-time as MAGS took a 50-23 advantage into the break.

It was all Carmel, and Dalton in particular, as the hosts started the second half well. The Carmel guard scored 13 straight points for her team but was eventually subdued by the defensive efforts of her North Harbour teammate Tessa Talo-Tomokino. Tomokino also scored half a dozen points in the period as MAGS entered the final ten minutes 83-43 ahead.

With a short turn around before another round of games on Monday both coaches gave opportunities to their bench players in the final period.

That gave time for the likes of Valana Pupuke-Robati and Danae Tait to open their Premier scoring accounts.

 Carmel 62 – T Dalton 35, E Broomfield 8, G Green 6

MAGS 94 – S Pupuke-Robati 24, J Manase 21, T Talo-Tomokino 19, M Va’ai 15

 

The closest game of the round was at St Mary’s College where visitors Rangitoto gained a narrow 64-55 win.

Rangitoto welcomed back Gracie Hasler-Ewins and Robyn Blackstock; Hasler-Ewins contributed a valuable 13 points to compliment double-digit efforts from Bella Elgar, Maania Spooner and Hannah Wentworth.

St Mary’s were well served by Zaaliyah Kailahi Fulu who top scored with twenty points. There were also good contributions from Riana Matiseni and Jazz Kailahi-Fulu.

St Mary’s 55 – Z Kailahi-Fulu 20, J Kailahi-Fulu 12, R Matiseni 10

Rangitoto 64 – I Elgar 21, G Hasler-Ewins 13, M Spooner 12, H Wentworth 11

 

Defending champions Auckland Girls Grammar were far too good for Westlake Girls winning 79-42.

Tabitha Leyson landed an early three for Westlake but AGGS were quickly out of the blocks compiling a 25-13 first quarter lead on the back of 8 points from Mele Latu.

Latu connected with the third of her four triples in the game in the second quarter. Laetitia Tuaiti and Tyla Tuala also landed from deep as Grammar eased to a 52-26 half-time advantage.

Mareta Davidson scored six points for Westlake in the third but a combined 13 points from Latu and Tuaiti gave Grammar a massive 72-37 lead at the last break.

The one-way traffic continued in the fourth with Zhanay Hettig helped herself to six points to complete a dominant AGGS performance.

 

AGGS 79 – M Latu 22, E Tuaiti 17, Z Hettig 14, T Tuala 9, H Blakey 9

Westlake 42 – M Davidson 14, R Dil 9, P Manolas 8, J Maddix 5

 

It was equally one-sided at Massey High as Shauna Povey (28 points) led the hosts to an 82-46 win over St Kentigern College.

Laticia Jost scored six points in the opening period as Massey led 20-14.

Povey, Terina Aratangi and Alyesha Schuster each made triples in the second as Massey extended their advantage to 40-24 at the interval.

Tash Leishman with 8 points was the best for St Kentigern at the break.

Renee Flay scored eight second half points for St Kent’s but Massey continued to pull away to a convincing win on the back of a balanced scoring performance – eight players made contributions in the final quarter alone.

Massey 82 – S Povey 28, L Jost 13, T Aratangi 12, A Schuster 8

St Kentigern 46 – N Leishman 11, E Halliday 9, R Flay 8, K Munro-Nonoa 7

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