There were wins last Friday in the Auckland Secondary Schools Girls Premier Grade for Rangitoto College, Auckland Girls Grammar and Westlake Girls High.
Auckland Girls Grammar chalked up their first win of the season defeating Botany Downs 74-43.
Nine first quarter points from Sophia Herewini was countered by Leah Patuwairua – the AAGS lead was a slender 16-14 at the first break.
Grammar put their foot down in the second, three consecutive scores from Imogene Noble helping them to a 34-22 half-time lead.
Tiana Herewini and Jolie Tawhara picked up the Botany scoring effort in the third but six points apiece from Hina Devery and Patuwairua ensured Grammar had a game winning 57-39 lead at the three-quarter mark.
Fittingly Sera Taei, the game’s leading scorer with 19 points, scored the final basket of the game.
Botany Downs 43– T Herewini 14, S Herewini 10, J Tawhara 9
Auckland Girls Grammar 74– S Taei 19, L Patuwairua 18, I Noble 16, H Devery 8
Despite 22 points apiece from Rikki Fiatau and Monica Kelly, Mt Albert Grammar slipped to a third straight loss going down 112-69 at Rangitoto College.
Rangitoto were quick out the blocks racking up 30 first quarter points to establish a 14 points margin as Hannah Wentworth, Moneesha Barrett and Emily Blythe dropped triples.
Monica Kelly and Rikki Fiatau had ten points apiece in the first half for the visitors but there was carnage at the defensive end as Rangitoto had amassed 75 points at the interval, 36 points coming from beyond the arc – Ella Moore and Aroha Rogers contributing to the three-point barrage.
Not surprisingly the scoring pace eased in the second half, Rangi coach Josh Davis able to give his bench players a good run.
Kaiya Tonana scored 8 fourth quarter points for MAGS but it was Blythe who had the last say nailing her fourth three of the game and the team’s fifteenth!
Rangitoto College 112– E Blythe 23, H Wentworth 19, A Rogers 18, M Barrett 20
MAGS 69– R Fiatau 22, M Kelly 22, Kaiya Tonana 8
Both Westlake Girls High and Massey High had a front line player missing from their lineup due to WBC commitments but it was Massey that felt the impact the most. Shauna Povey was on Auckland Dream duty and her loss was significant as the Emme Shearer (Harbour Breeze) less Westlake cantered to a 98-37 win.
Westlake were quickly into their stride forging a 26-11 lead in the opening ten minutes – forward Emma Pugh with 8 points.
Alyesha Schuster and Ramona Fuiavaa were prominent for Massey but could do little to halt the Westlake onslaught – the hosts 52-19 ahead at half-time with Jess Moors on 12 points.
The advantage extended further in the second half as Makenzee Boucher and Maia McBirney knocked down threes. Boucher was one of seven Westlake players with 9 points or more as they chalked up their third straight win.
Westlake 90– J Moors 15, H Williams 11, E Pugh 10, M Boucher 10, T Leyson 10, I Pugh 9, C Leyson 9
Massey 37– A Schuster 11, R Fuiavaa 10, K Ruiz 8
St Mary’s and Carmel meet tonight (Monday May 20) in the other Round 3 game.
2-0 St Mary’s
2-1 Massey, Rangitoto
0-3 Botany Downs, Mt Albert