The Sixth Round of the Auckland Secondary Schools Premier Competition was played on Monday. Auckland and Mt Albert Grammar Schools, Westlake Girls High and Rangitoto College all got the W’s.
Two teams with a 3-2 record met on the North Shore where Westlake Girls High entertained Massey High and it was Westlake that emerged with the victory, but only just, 65-61
The first two quarters were of contrasting styles. Jordyn Maddix and the Emma’s, Pugh and Shearer scored six points apiece as Westlake led 24-12 at the quarter-time break.
Laticia Jost and Alyesha Schuster landed threes as Massey had the better of the second period although they still trailed 37-31 at half-time.
Kataleena Leslie opened the second half scoring, Mareta Davidson replying for Westlake on the next play.
A Terina Aratangi three narrowed the Massey deficit to 39-36 and soon after a Shauna Povey trey gave Massey a 41-39 lead.
Jess Moors hit back from beyond the arc for Westlake – an And-1 play from Rosalie Dil restoring the home team’s lead.
Ramona Fuiavaa scored close to the third break but five quick points from Shearer made the margin 54-46 in favour of the home team at the three-quarter mark.
Pugh and Makenzee Boucher made the Westlake advantage a dozen and when Shearer scored inside with three minutes to play the hosts still had a healthy 65-55 lead.
A pair of Povey free-throws reduced the margin to eight points and that became six when Jost scored with 90 seconds to play.
Povey took her tally to 20 points with a minute to play and it was 65-61 with Westlake looking anxiously over their shoulders.
Neither side could find the basket in the closing sixty seconds – Westlake hanging on for a fourth straight victory and outright third place on the Premier ladder.
Westlake 65 – E Pugh 18, E Shearer 15, J Maddix 10, J Moors 7, R Dil 7
Massey 61 – S Povey 20, T Aratangi 15, A Schuster 8, K Leslie 8
A second thirty plus points haul of the season from Sharne Pupuke-Robati (32 points) ensured Mt Albert Grammar reverted back to winning ways with an 80-52 win at St Mary’s.
Riana Matiseni landed an early three for St Mary’s but a pair of the same from Jada Manase gave MAGS a 22-13 quarter time lead.
A third triple from Manase opened the MAGS scoring in the second frame but Jazz Kailahi-Fulu scored seven points for St Mary’s who narrowed the gap to 42-28 at half-time.
Safrina Te Nana-Williams chipped in with seven second-half points for the hosts but Tessa Talo-Tomokino and Pupuke-Robati accumulated 14 points and 18 points respectively in the half to ease MAGS to a comfortable win.
St Mary’s 52 – J Kailahi-Fulu 12, S Te Nana-Williams 11, L Te Nana-Williams 9, R Matiseni 8
Mt Albert 80 – S Pupuke-Robati 32, T Talo-Tomokino 18, J Manase 13, M Va’ai 5
St Kentigern College entertained Rangitoto College and it was the hosts that had slightly better of the opening quarter (19-18) with Gabby Umaga making six points.
Over the next twenty minutes it was Rangitoto that dominated as Bella Elgar (25 points) and Hannah Wentworth (23 points) both posted their best returns of the season.
The pair combined for 17 points in the second stanza as the visitors forged a 39-30 half-time lead.
Natasha Leishman (15 points) scored half a dozen points in the third for St Kent’s but a balanced scoring effort from Rangi increased their advantage to 62-45 at the three-quarter break.
Khanye-Lii Munro-Nonoa kept the score moving for St Kent’s but a pair of threes from Ella Moore helped secure a third victory of the season for Rangitoto.
St Kentigern 60 – N Leishman 15, C Griffiths 9, G Umaga 9, K Munro-Nonoa 9
Rangitoto 76 – I Elgar 25, H Wentworth 23, C Noom-Duckworth 8, R Blackstock 6, E Moore 6
It can be daunting at the best of times when your team is winless, sitting at the bottom of the ladder and taking on the defending champions. For Carmel College the challenge became doubly difficult with their leading scorer Tayla Dalton sidelined with injury and unable to take the court against Auckland Girls Grammar.
It was easy pickings for AGGS who scored the first 31 points of the game and went on to win 102-15.
Zhanay Hettig (27 points) and Elianna Tuaiti (24 points) led the scoring barrage for the unbeaten reigning champions.
Although outclassed Carmel can be commended for their effort and Estelle Davidson deserves a mention for leading their scoring with eight points.
Carmel 15 – E Davidson 8, G Green 3
AGGS 102 – Z Hettig 27, E Tuaiti 24, M Latu 15, H Blakey 14
Premier League Standings
5-1 Mt Albert
3-3 Massey, Rangitoto
2-4 St Mary’s
1-5 St Kentigern
Senior A Results
Birkenhead 64 Orewa 62 AOT
Diocesan 38 Botany Downs 96
Epsom 63 Avondale 44
Mt Roskill 62 Pakuranga 37