Rangitoto College entertained Auckland Girls Grammar School on Monday night in a game brought forward from the first week of next term.
A change of date or not it didn’t make any difference to Auckland’s run of success as they racked up their eleventh consecutive victory of the season winning 88-52.
Bella Elgar and Hannah Wentworth scored all of Rangitoto’s points in the opening quarter but with each of their starters featuring on the scoresheet Grammar headed into the first break with a 25-14 lead.
Rangi had the better of the second period – Elgar and Gracie Hasler-Ewins to the fore – as they closed to 35-30 at half-time.
Zhanay Hettig, on her way to a season best 31 points, was instrumental in Grammar reasserting their superiority in the third quarter. She had a dozen points in the period and Elianna Tuaiti half that as the defending champions moved out to 59-40 at the three-quarter time.
Hettig carried on her merry scoring way in the fourth and aided by Heeni Blakey and Mele Latu, recently named in the Junior Tall Ferns extended squad, Grammar had little trouble keeping their unbeaten record intact. For Rangitoto a string of wins are essential as they now find themselves two wins behind fourth placed Massey High having played a game more, with a top four play-off berth hanging in the balance.
All teams now have a break before competition resumes after the school holidays on July 27th.
Rangitoto 52 – H Wentworth 14, I Elgar 13, G Hasler-Ewins 10
AGGS 88 – Z Hettig 31, E Tuaiti 16, H Blakey 12, M Latu 11, L Tuaiti 10
2-8 Carmel, St Mary’s
1-9 St Kentigern