The game of the round in the Auckland Secondary Schools Premier Girl’s competition featured unbeaten teams Westlake Girls and St Mary’s College.
In a terrific game where the lead changed hands several times it looked as if Westlake would protect home court advantage leading 69-68 inside the final seconds. However possession was with St Mary’s and Leata Te-Nana Williams was entrusted with the last shot. Much to the delight of her teammates and the travelling St Mary’s fans she connected with a floater from the elbow on the buzzer to clinch a 70-69 win.
Earlier it was Westlake that established the early advantage (23-21) although St Mary’s had the better of the second stanza to lead 41-37 at the break. Westlake wing Emme Shearer led all scorers with 15 points in the half, Riana Matiseni not far behind with a dozen for St Mary’s.
Izzy Pugh made 10 points in the third as Westlake reclaimed the lead at the end of the frame (55-53).
It remained close in the fourth – Shearer and Makenzee Boucher made buckets, Matiseni and Zaaliyah Kalahi-Fulu replying for the visitors. Jess Moors appeared to have made the winning basket for Westlake but it was Te-Nana Williams that had the final say, the win meaning St Mary’s are the only unbeaten girl’s premier team.
Westlake 69 – E Shearer 23, I Pugh 16, J Maddix 11, J Moors 11
St Mary’s 70 – R Matiseni 17, Zaaliyah Kailahi-Fulu 14, K Leslie 13, S Te-Nana Williams 7
Tayla Dalton was named to the New Zealand team attending the FIBA U18 3×3 World Cup in Mongolia earlier in the week and she warmed up for the 23,000km round trip with 30 points as Carmel inflicted a 78-59 defeat on Mt Albert Grammar.
Carmel opened up with consecutive threes from Dalton and the Izzy’s, Cattermole and MacGregor, as they forged an 18-13 first period lead.
Monica Kelly and Rikki Fiatau led the MAGS scoring but their chances were dented when Kelly picked up her fourth foul midway through the second quarter.
The hard working Emily Broomfield was providing good support for Dalton, the home team 35-20 to the good at half-time.
Dalton joined Kelly on four fouls early in the fourth and MAGS, sensing an opportunity to eat into the Carmel lead, scored six straight points via Danae Tait, Destiny Leef-Milner and Fiatau. However, led by Broomfield and young guards Marina Lough and MacGregor, Carmel held their ground to lead 57-34 with ten minutes to play.
Both coaching staff’s gave playing opportunity to their bench players in the final period as Carmel eased to a second win of the season.
Carmel 78– T Dalton 30, E Broomfield 16, Qaizden Stephano 9, I Macgregor 8
MAGS 59– M Kelly 15, R Fiatau 15, D Leef-Milner 6, Harmony Brown 6
Rangitoto College put on a 3-point shooting exhibition against Auckland Girls Grammar knocking down 21 shots from beyond the arc. Ella Moore (35 points) and Hannah Wentworth (30 points) landed eight and five threes respectively as a total of seven different players converted from the land of plenty.
Moneesha Barrett began the triple treat and with Wentworth landing four in the opening half the lead was a whopping 62-11 at half-time.
Imogene Noble and Sera Taea both contributed double figures for Grammar but they could do little to stop the Rangi onslaught as Kellie Tawhiao, and sisters Waiaaria and Aroha Riley joined Wentworth and Moore in double digit territory for the hosts.
Rangitoto 125– E Moore 35, H Wentworth 30, A Riley 18, K Tawhiao 12, W Riley 10
AGGS 43– I Noble 15, S Taei 14, L Patuwairua 8
Sophia Herewini scored 8 first quarter points for Botany Downs but Shauna Povey was in double figures at the quarter mark with her team a healthy 30-11 to the good.
The gap widened in the second period as Kharylle Ruiz and Alyesha Schuster carried Massey to a 62-16 lead.
Sophia and Tiana Herewini scored 13 points and 9 points respectively for Botany in the second half but multiple Massey players made double figure contributions – Shazaleah Henry scoring the last six points of the game to round out the win
Massey 109– S Povey 31, A Schuster 16, Allyah Leusogi-Ape 14, S Henry 10, Yzabelle Tevao 10, Ramona Fuiavaa 10, Mercedes Gray 10
Botany Downs 43– S Herewini 24, Tiana Herewini 13, Selestina Mataia 5
4-0 St Mary’s
3-1 Massey, Rangitoto, Westlake
0-4 Botany Downs, Mt AlbertSt